The major iOS 16 update, released by Apple this fall, includes a number of improvements to the iPhone’s underlying operating system as well as a number of brand-new capabilities. The newest version of Apple’s mobile OS is now ready for download on iPhones that are compatible with it. This accessory works with iPhone 8 and later models released in 2017.
The new iOS has improved security features like a CAPTCHA privacy update and a more adaptable lock screen. The wallet is also getting a major overhaul, and there are plenty of hidden features in iOS 16 that are worth exploring. What follows is a complete rundown of all of iOS 16’s new features.
To begin, in iOS 16, you’ll have the option to retract previously sent texts. You can go back and fix any typos you may have made in a message that you sent after the fact. A new, modifiable lock screen with a little “modified” in the status bar below the message. If your iPhone is equipped with Face ID, the lock screen is one of the first things you see when you turn it on.
The iPhone’s lock screen has seen its most significant improvement to date with iOS 16. To change the lock screen, press and hold the appropriate button(s). Swipe to explore a variety of looks. Depending on the chosen design, the lock screen’s backdrop photo and typography will be altered to better coordinate with one another. To me, this looks and acts like Apple’s answer to Google’s Material You, which debuted with Android 12.
Not only can you change the fonts used for the time and date, but you can also add widgets like a thermometer, activity rings, and a calendar to the lock screen. Widgets function in a manner analogous to that of Apple Watch complications on the home screen.
In fact, you can create a number of alternative lock screens, each with its own set of widgets, and then quickly and easily switch between them with a swipe. Furthermore, you may have your lock screen images rotate through a series of images at random with the “photo shuffle” feature.
Having a permanently on-screen was a function we were hoping Apple would implement. Practically every Android phone has it, and so does the Apple Watch. Finally, Apple has released a new iPhone with an always-on screen: the iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max.