The public got iOS 16 three weeks ago. It has a Lock Screen that can be changed, the ability to edit iMessages, better Focus modes, and much more. And in the next few months, iPhone and iPad users can look forward to evening more new features.
Apple says that the iPhone and iPad will get 10 new features by the end of this year. Many of the features are part of iOS 16.1, which is currently in beta testing, but some of the features aren’t expected until later in the year.
iCloud Photo Library for Sharing
With iCloud Shared Photo Library, sharing photos with family or friends in the Photos app will be easier. You and up to five other people will be able to add, change, or remove photos from a shared library that you can access through iCloud.
Live Activities for Third-Party Apps
With iOS 16.1, third-party apps in the App Store will be able to use Live Activities. The feature lets iPhone users keep track of real-time events, like a sports game or a food delivery order, right on the Lock Screen or in Dynamic Island.
Live Activities show up at the bottom of the Lock Screen on the iPhone 13 and earlier models, as well as on the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus. When the iPhone 14 Pro or iPhone 14 Pro Max is unlocked, Live Activities show up in Dynamic Island. When the device is locked or in always-on display mode, Live Activities show up on the Lock Screen.
Once iOS 16.1 Release Candidate is out, developers will be able to send apps to the App Store that have Live Activities.
Apple’s TV app will also support the feature for certain sports leagues. This includes the MLB for users in the U.S., Canada, Australia, the U.K., Brazil, Mexico, Japan, and South Korea, as well as the NBA and Premier League for users in the U.S. and Canada only.
Emergency SOS by Satellite
The new Emergency SOS via Satellite feature will be available on all four iPhone 14 models when they come out in November in the U.S. and Canada.
Emergency SOS via Satellite is made so that iPhone 14 models can connect directly to a satellite. This lets users send text messages to emergency services when they are not in range of cellular or Wi-Fi coverage. Apple says that the service will be free for the first two years when it comes out in the U.S. and Canada. This could mean that Apple plans to charge for the service at some point in the future.
Apple says that a message might take 15 seconds to send via satellite in “ideal conditions with a clear view of the sky and horizon,” but it can take over a quick one-minute message under trees with low to medium foliage.
Classical Apple Music
Apple said in August 2021 that it was buying the classical music service Primephonic. At the time, Apple said it planned to release a dedicated classical music app in 2022 that combined Primephonic’s user interfaces with more features.
Apple is still getting ready for the launch of the Apple Music Classical app, but we still don’t know all of the details or when it will come out.
Clean Energy Charging
Apple says that a new feature in iOS 16.1 called “Clean Energy Charging” is meant to “reduce the iPhone’s carbon footprint by optimizing charging times for when the grid is Only people in the United States use cleaner energy sources.” can use this feature.
Apple Fitness+ even without an Apple Watch
With iOS 16.1, iPad 16.1, and tvOS 16.1, iPhone users who don’t have an Apple Watch will be able to use Apple Fitness+. Without an Apple Watch, iPhone users can’t see things like their heart rate and calories burned in real-time while they work out.
When Apple Fitness+ comes out in December 2020, it will have a library of more than 3,000 workout and meditation videos, with new videos being added every week. The paid service is available in 21 countries through the Fitness app on the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV. In the U.S., it costs $9.99 a month or $79.99 a year.
Apple says that Freeform, a new digital whiteboard app for the iPhone and iPad, will be available later this year. The app is described as a “flexible canvas” that will let users “see, share, and work together all in one place without having to worry about layouts and page sizes.” Additionally, the Apple Pencil will function flawlessly while using the app.
Freeform will let people start a session from FaceTime and see what other people are doing right in an iMessage thread.
About Accessories in Home App
The matter is an upcoming connectivity standard that will make it possible for smart home devices that work with Apple’s HomeKit, Amazon’s Alexa, and Google’s Home to work together seamlessly across multiple platforms. Apple says that Matter support will be added to the iPhone, iPad, and Mac later this year in an update to the Home app.
To use the Home app and Siri to control Matter accessories, you’ll need a HomePod, a HomePod mini, an Apple TV 4K, or an Apple TV HD running as a home hub.
A Battery Percentage Icon for More iPhones
Apple finally put the battery percentage back in the status bar on iPhones with a notch, so you don’t have to swipe down to see it. With iOS 16.1, the feature is now available on the iPhone XR, the iPhone 11, the iPhone 12 mini, and the iPhone 13 mini.
More iPad Pros Are Coming!
Apple said last week that iPadOS 16.1 will add Stage Manager to iPad Pros with A12X and A12Z chips that come out in 2018 and 2020.
On older iPad Pro models, Stage Manager will not work with an external display, so it will only work with four apps on the built-in display. Apple has also put off adding support for external displays to iPad Pro and iPad Air models with the M1 chip for Stage Manager. This feature will be added again in a software update later this year, Apple said.
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