With WWDC approaching in less than a week, rumors of new iOS 16 features are starting to circulate. The next major release of Apple’s software platform for the iPhone and iPad will be iOS 16, as well as iPadOS 16. We’ll go over all of the latest rumors and expectations for iOS 16 this year, including new features, release dates, and more, in the sections below.
When is iOS 16 expected to be released?
iOS 16 will be announced at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference, as is customary. This year’s WWDC will be a (mostly) virtual event, taking place from June 6 to June 10. To kick off the event, Apple will deliver a keynote address on June 6, and it is during this keynote that we expect to get our first look at iOS 16 and iPadOS 16.
Following the announcement of iOS 16 at the WWDC keynote, Apple will make the first betas available to developers. Developer betas are usually available within a few hours of the keynote ending. Following that, Apple will release a public beta that will be available to all iPhone and iPad users sometime in July.
iOS 16 devices are supported.
Every year, one of the most common concerns is whether Apple will continue to support older iPhone and iPad models. Apple maintained compatibility with all of the devices that were supported by iOS 14 with the release of iOS 15 last year.
According to an early rumor, iOS 16 will drop support for the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and the original iPhone SE this year. As of now, this is just a rumor, and it’s unclear whether it will come true, but the source of the rumor did correctly report supported iOS 13 and iOS 14 devices.
The iPhone 6s and iPhone SE, which are rumored to be getting dropped, were released in late 2015 and early 2016, respectively, so they’ve had more than six years of software updates.
In iOS 16, there is no redesigning.
While some users had hoped that iOS 16 would be the first major redesign in years, that does not appear to be the case. According to Bloomberg, iOS 16 will not feature a “end to end redesign,” implying that the overall design will remain unchanged this year.
The last time Apple completely redesigned iOS was with iOS 7, a redesign that drew a lot of flak and was drastically scaled back during the beta testing process. Apple has made incremental changes to individual apps and aspects of iOS since then, but we haven’t seen a complete overhaul since iOS 7.
iOS 16 has a number of new features.
Despite the lack of a redesign, Bloomberg claims that iOS 16 will be a “fairly significant” update across the board. Notifications appear to be one of the areas of focus this year.
The rumored focus on notifications is intriguing because Apple has made numerous changes to the iOS notification system in the last two years, including the addition of features such as Notification Summary and Focus Modes. Apple, on the other hand, appears to be dissatisfied with the way notifications are implemented across iOS and is planning more changes for this year.
Furthermore, according to Bloomberg, iOS 16 will include new health-tracking features as well. In recent years, Apple has made the Health app and its integration with the Apple Watch a focal point of software updates, and it doesn’t appear that will change this year.
New health-related features in iOS 16 are likely to be linked to new health features in watchOS 9. This year, watchOS 9 will include “major upgrades to activity and health tracking,” according to Bloomberg.
Ahead of the release of Apple’s first mixed reality headset, iOS 16 is said to lay the groundwork for a slew of AR and VR features. Apple, on the other hand, is unlikely to show off this new headset until later this year at the earliest.
New features for the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, which will be released later this year, could be included in iOS 16. iOS 16 “builds in future support for an always-on lock screen,” according to Mark Gurman. Apple was rumored to be working on an always-on display for the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro, but the feature was scrapped.
According to reports, the always-on display would allow users to see information on their iPhone display at all times. These “widgets” would be focused on easily readable notifications, such as messages and weather information.
According to reports, iOS 16 will give the Messages app more “social-network-like functionality,” with a focus on new audio messaging features.
Finally, the only rumor about iPadOS is that Apple is working on a new multitasking interface. Changes to the WebKit infrastructure suggest that iPadOS 16 will include a new “multitasking mode” that will allow for the first time on the iPad to have freely resizable windows.
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