Apple has officially unveiled iOS 16! The software update will arrive later this year on iPhone 8 and later devices — most likely in September — and will feature improvements to the OS, including a revamped lock screen and notification system, along with improved and redesigned system apps.
Even though public rollout is expected later this year, developer previews will be available this week followed by a public beta next month.
iOS 16 introduces multi-layered cutomisation options. You will have access to wallpapers with widget-like capabilities and the OS will allow you to pick from different typefaces and colour filters while customising your setup. You will also have the ability to add widgets for upcoming calendar events, workout status and choose multiple widgets, while picking wallpapers and presets from a curated selection provided by Apple.
Photo Shuffle mode that will allow you to automatically switch up your lockscreens. The update will also adds support for a Weather wallpaper which will indicate live weather conditions on the lockscreen.
You can also expect revamped notifications on iOS 16 – no longer getting in the way of personalised wallpapers and Lock Screen layouts! The lockscreen notifications will now scroll in from the bottom of the screen, making them much easier to tap and access with one hand. You can also pick from apps that make use of the Live Activities API to bring live game scores, check your Uber ride, or control music from the lock screen.
Focus modes were originally added with iOS 15, and now Apple is bringing them to the lockscreen with iOS 16. You can now activate Focus modes from the lock screen with a swipe from the lock screen. You will be able to tie a Lock Screen Wallpaper and widget set up to a particular Focus mode, allowing you to switch between Focus modes by simply swiping to the corresponding Lock Screen.
The updates to Messages now gives you the ability to edit messages. Users can also undo sending of messages, allowing users to recall messages – this is a feature also offered on apps like Signal, Instagram, and WhatsApp.
You will also be able to also mark messages as unread, allowing you to come back to a conversation at a later time. SharePlay will also be coming to Messages with iOS 16, allowing users to watch synced content like movies and songs, while sharing playback controls in a Messages chat.
On iOS 16, you will have the ability to cancel the sending of an email, before it is delivered to a recipient’s inbox. You will also be reminded if they forgot to add an attachment to their email and resurface older messages with Remind Later and Follow Up suggestions.
Apple Pay Later has also been introduced – a system that will allow you to make four equal payments with zero interest and no fees, spread over six weeks. It can be used everywhere Apple Pay is supported online or in-app and uses the MasterCard network. Apple will also give you the ability to check your orders and track delivery with a new Apple Pay Order Tracking feature. According to Apple, it has partnered with Shopify for the feature.
iOS 16 will allow parents to manage kids accounts as soon as they set up the device. Parents will get suggestions for age-appropriate restrictions for apps, movies, books, and music. Kids can also request more screen time on Messages with parents, and parents can approve or decline these requests without leaving the chat.
A new privacy tool called Safety Check has also been introduced – This is designed to help users whose personal safety is at risk from domestic or intimate partner violence. Safety Check will allow users to quickly remove access to others. By pressing a button called Start Emergency Reset, you will be able to easily sign out of iCloud on your other devices, reset privacy permissions for all apps, stop sharing your location, and shut down messaging on all other devices except the one you have in your hand.