iOS 16 updates the Lock Screen, Messages, Mail, Live Text and Visual Look Up. iOS 16 is a free download today.
A better, more personal lock screen
Lock Screen customization is improved. Users may now apply a depth effect to their Lock Screen photo and adjust the font and letter style. New Lock Screen widgets show future calendar events, battery levels, alarms, time zones, Activity ring progress, and more.
New Lock Screen gallery with several options. Users can choose a Lock Screen photo from their library or a dynamic set of photos that shuffle throughout the day. Apple collections include famous pictures, Pride and Unity wallpapers, a Weather wallpaper that updates live, and an Astronomy wallpaper that shows the Earth, moon, and solar system. With several Lock Screens, users may choose between their favorites with a swipe.
Users can now view alerts in a list, stacking, or count format, and they now roll in from the bottom to clear the Lock Screen.
Stay in the Moment With Focus
iOS 16 makes Focus easier to set up and more powerful by linking to the Lock Screen. Users can swipe to a specified Lock Screen to activate Focus. Calendar, Mail, Messages, and Safari can display only relevant items with Focus filters, helping users find balance.
New messaging ways
With iOS 16, users may invite friends and family to SharePlay via Messages to enjoy synced content and shared playback controls. Messages’ new collaborative capabilities make teamwork easy. Everyone in a thread is instantly added when users upload files for collaboration using Messages, and edits show up at the top of the thread.
Mail Productivity Tools
Now users can schedule email delivery ahead of time or cancel a message before it reaches a recipient’s inbox.2 Users can also set reminders to return to a message later With Remind me, users can get prompts to follow up on emails if they haven’t gotten a response as well as notifications when they’ve forgotten to include a recipient or something else. attachment in an email. The most recent search improvement in Mail produces more pertinent, precise, and comprehensive results.
Live Text and Visual Lookup
Tap and hold on to an image’s topic to remove it from the backdrop and use it in Messages. By identifying sculptures, spiders, birds, insects, and more, Visual Look Up helps users extract knowledge from images.
Utilizing the device’s intelligence, Live Text can recognize text in videos. A user can copy and paste, translate, change the currency, and more while pausing a movie at any frame.
Safari Passkeys Increase Security
Passkeys, a modern credential that cannot be stolen or disclosed, make Safari safer. Passkeys utilize iCloud Keychain for end-to-end encryption across iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV, as well as Touch ID or Face ID for biometric verification. Passkeys will function across apps and the web and users can sign into websites or apps on non-Apple devices using their iPhones.
Safari’s shared Tab Groups make it simple to add tabs and see what other people are looking at.
New accessibility features to navigate, connect, and more
Accessibility updates include Door Detection, which helps blind or low-vision users navigate the last few feet to their destination, and Apple Watch Mirroring, which allows users with physical and motor disabilities to mirror their Apple Watch display to iPhone and control it with Voice Control and Switch Control. 3 Live Captions make it easier for deaf and hard-of-hearing users to follow along with audio content, whether it’s a podcast or a video.
- Apple Pay Order Tracking provides detailed receipts and order tracking in Wallet for Apple Pay purchases at participating merchants.
- Apple Maps updates improve driving, transit, and multi-stop stop navigation. When ready, drivers can immediately sync routes from Mac to iPhone. Transit instructions now show how much a trip will cost, and users can add transit cards to Wallet to check balances and refill them without leaving Maps.
- Family Sharing makes it easier to create child accounts with parental controls. It suggests age-appropriate restrictions for applications, movies, books, music, and more and simplifies setting up a new device for a child by automatically applying parental controls. In Messages, parents can now approve or reject requests for screen time. A new Family Checklist advises turning on location sharing and adjusting a child’s parental limitations as they get older.
- Users may smoothly switch between voice and touch using dictation. Users can type, tap, move the cursor, and enter QuickType recommendations without interrupting Dictation. Dictation has auto-punctuation and emoji dictation.
- Siri may run app shortcuts without prior setup. Users may add emojis to messages, send them instantly without confirmation, and end phone and FaceTime chat by saying “Hey Siri, hang up.”
- The updated Home app makes it easier to browse, arrange, and view accessories.
iPhone users can use the Exercise app to track and achieve exercise goals even without an Apple Watch. iPhone users can establish a Move goal, check their trends, and share activities. iPhone motion sensors estimate active calories burned by tracking steps, distance, and flight climb.
- The user’s Move ring is closed by third-party exercises. In the Fitness app Lock Screen, the widget travel dance traveled, progress moving with the move are taken, and steps are taken.
- The Health app now includes Drugs, which lets users build and manage a prescriptions list, set schedules and reminders, and track medications, vitamins, and supplements. In the US, users can point their iPhone camera at a label to add a medication, read about their medications, and receive an alert if there are potential critical interactions with their medications.
- Users can also send loved ones an invitation to share their Health data, and easily create a PDF of available health records from connected health institutions, right from the Health app.