Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference 2022 began as usual, with plenty of information about its next operating system upgrade: iOS 16. After spending the summer in beta testing, it will be released this fall, with more personalization options, an improved lock screen with widgets, and some welcome updates to Messages for the typo-prone among us.
Apple’s iOS 16 updates center on the lock screen, beginning with the ability to customize the fonts and colors used. It will be possible to add widgets and set up multiple lock screens that can be accessed by swiping across the screen. Different lock screens can also be assigned different focus modes.
Notifications appear differently on the lock screen as well. Rather than piling up across the screen, they “roll in” at the bottom. There’s also a “live activities” feature that displays notifications related to a specific event, such as an Uber ride or a sporting event, in a single tile.
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Messages will also receive a significant update: iOS 16 introduces the ability to edit typos out of sent messages, recall messages you didn’t intend to send, and mark a message thread as unread, so you can return to it later. SharePlay is also making its way to messages.
Apple’s powerful Live Text feature is making its way to video. When you use Live Text in photos or videos, you will also have access to more actions. Wallet also gets some new features, including the ability to securely share saved IDs by providing only the information that is required. It will also be simpler to share saved keys. Apple Pay gains a new “Pay Later” feature, allowing users to divide a bill into four equal payments without incurring interest or fees. In iOS 16, Apple Maps will support multi-stop routing, and six new cities will be added to the “detailed city experience” introduced in iOS 15.
A new feature called Safety Check has also been added to help protect people in abusive situations. It enables you to easily revoke access to information, such as your location, that you may have previously shared with someone else.
Apple is also introducing shared iCloud photo libraries in an effort to make it easier to share specific photos across the accounts of family and friends. A shared library can be accessed by up to six users. Photos will include suggestions for sharing, and image edits and keywords will be synced across all users.
iOS 16 will be available for iPhone 8 and later this fall, most likely alongside the iPhone 14 series, which is rumored to include an always-on display for the first time in an iPhone.