In Apple’s keynote event for the Worldwide Developers Conference 2022 (WWDC). During the event, they revealed the next version of the operating system for their iPhone, which is referred to as iOS 16. It includes a new Lock Screen that allows widgets to be added, support for the iCloud Shared Photo Library, an improved Visual Look Up feature, an updated Messages app, an updated Mail app, and additional features.
Updates on the focus mode
As was previously mentioned, iOS 16 will allow you to assign a Focus mode to a Lock Screen, and the ability to switch between Focus modes can now be accomplished with a simple swipe. Another feature is referred to as Focus filters, and it allows applications such as Calendar, Mail, and Messages in addition to Safari to display only the content that is pertinent to the user’s Focus.
Personalization of the Lock Screen through the use of widgets
A significant number of improvements have been made to iOS 16’s Lock Screen. It can now show a multi-layered effect that can separate the subject of the image from the rest of the image and set it in front of the time. This effect starts with the background and moves forward. The Date and Time can be further personalized by selecting from a variety of expressive type styles as well as color options.
The ability to add widgets to the home screen is the second change that has been made. Apple demonstrated a variety of first-party widgets, some of which included information about upcoming calendar events, the weather, battery levels, alarms, and the progress of the Activity ring. Using an application programming interface (API), third-party developers can also create their own widgets. After you have configured a customization, you will have the option to save it and then swipe between the various Lock Screens that have been previously saved. Additionally, iOS 16 will give you the ability to bind a Lock screen layout to a Focus mode.
The third update to the Lock Screen is called Live Activities, and it allows users to keep track of things that are happening in real time. These things can include things like a sports game, a workout, a ride-share service, and other things.
The final change involves the notifications, which will now start at the bottom and work their way up when they arrive on your iPhone. This will result in less clutter being displayed on the lock screen, providing an overall cleaner appearance.
iCloud Shared Photo Library makes it simple to share photographs with family and friends
With the introduction of iCloud Shared Photo Library, it is now much simpler to easily share photos with members of your family using an iOS device. It functions very similarly to a separate iCloud Library that each individual member of a family group can access to view and make additions to. Apple products come pre-loaded with a plethora of cool features, one of which is the capacity to automatically add photos to a library when a family member is recognized in a picture. There is also a switch within the camera app that will automatically upload photos to the Shared Library when they are taken.
Messages app updates
The Messages app has been updated in iOS 16 so that users can now edit or recall recently sent messages, recover recently deleted messages, mark conversations as unread, and recover recently deleted messages. Messages will soon receive the updated version of SharePlay, which will enable users to watch synchronized content in a convenient manner, such as movies or songs, and share playback controls.
Apple Wallet updates
Apple Pay Later is a feature that will soon be available to Apple Wallet users. This feature makes it possible to split the cost of an Apple Pay purchase in a way that is both seamless and secure. The split will be made up of four equal payments that will be spread out over the course of six weeks, and there will be no interest or fees charged. Through the Mastercard network, it will be accessible in all locations that accept Apple Pay for purchases made online or within apps.
Users of Apple Wallet will soon be able to use their ID stored in Wallet in a manner that is both private and secure when using apps that require identity and age verification. In addition, users are able to safely share their car keys, home keys, hotel keys, office keys, and other keys stored in Wallet via various messaging apps such as Messages, Mail, and others.
Mail app updates
Users of the iOS Mail app can now send emails at a later time or even cancel the delivery of a message before it is delivered to the recipient’s inbox. These features were previously unavailable. Users have access to a feature called “Remind Later,” which allows them to bring up a message at a date and time of their choosing in the future. Last but not least, the search function has been improved to return results that are more pertinent, accurate, and comprehensive. Follow-Up suggestions can now automatically remind users to follow up on an email if they have not received a response to the email.
Enhancements to Live Text as well as Visual Look Ups
Text detection in videos is now available through the Live Text feature, which was initially introduced in earlier versions of iOS. In addition, there is the capability to quickly convert currencies, translate text, and perform other functions. The Visual Look Up feature is an expansion of the Live Text feature. Users tap and hold on the subject of an image to lift it from the background and place it in apps like Messages using the Visual Look Up feature.
- Shared Tab Groups is a new feature that has been added to Safari. This feature enables users to share a collection of websites that they visit with their friends and family. In addition to that, it comes with Passkeys, which enable users to securely sign in to websites and apps without the use of passwords.
- Support for multistop routing, updated transit information, and the ability to add transit cards to Wallet are some of the new features coming to Apple Maps. Family Sharing has also been improved with the ability to quickly set up a child’s iPhone or iPad with the appropriate parental controls in place right from the beginning.
- Automatic punctuation and emoji dictation are two new features that have been added to dictation. The user experience is also made more fluid by enabling users to type with the keyboard, tap in the text field, move the cursor, and insert QuickType suggestions without having to pause or cancel Dictation.
- The Home app has been updated with a new design that features a more intuitive layout, making it simpler to arrange and view connected devices. In an upcoming update, support for the Matter smart home connectivity standard will be implemented as soon as possible.
- Even if an iPhone user does not own an Apple Watch, they can still use the Fitness app to keep track of their fitness progress and achieve their fitness objectives.
- The Medications feature has been added to the Health app, which enables users to easily compile and organize a list of their medications, set schedules and reminders, and keep tabs on any vitamins, minerals, or other supplements they take.
- A new My Sports section has been added to Apple News, allowing users to more easily follow their preferred sports teams and leagues.
- The Game Center now has a redesigned dashboard that compiles all of a player’s friends’ gaming activity and their achievements in a single location.
- A listening experience that is even more pinpointed and immersive can be achieved through the use of personalized spatial audio.
iOS 16’s developer preview is now available to Apple Developer Program members as of today, and a public beta of the operating system is scheduled to be made available to iOS users the following month. Apple is planning to release iOS 16 in the fall of 2022 for devices that were released after the iPhone 8.
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