When it comes to software support, Apple is hard to beat. Apple continues to update older devices years after their initial release, to the point where it stings when your six-year-old iPhone 7 isn’t eligible for iOS 16. Although the company is generous with software updates, this does not mean that all of its new features are available on all devices. If you’re using older Apple hardware, you might be missing out on some of the best new features coming this fall.
iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 are the latest versions of Apple’s mobile operating system.
The good news is that everyone will be able to edit and delete their messages. Phew! Many features, however, will not be available on Apple’s older iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 devices. If you have an iPhone 8 or an iPad (7th generation), you’re missing out on a lot of features. However, there are a few features that Apple has left out of newer devices, so you’ll need the best of the bunch to take advantage of everything new here.
A12 Bionic iPhones and iPads, as well as newer models
Consider the iPhone XS, XR, and subsequent iPhones, as well as the iPad Air (3rd generation), iPad Mini (5th generation), and iPad (8th generation) and subsequent iPads.
- Continuity Camera: With this new feature, you can use your iPhone as a webcam and/or microphone for your Mac. The procedure is completely wireless and does not require any setup. In addition, you can use Portrait mode (iPhone only).
- Scanning medications with your iPhone’s camera to add them to the Health app: You can scan medications with your iPhone’s camera to add information like the medication’s name, strength, and form to the Health app (iPhone only).
- When you pause a video in iOS 16, any text within the frame becomes interactive. A12 Bionic and newer are already the only ones who can use Live Text.
- Quick actions in Live Text: Another new Live Text feature lets you interact with data in a photo or video with just one tap.
- Remove the subject from the background of a photograph: To remove a photo’s cutout from the image, press and hold on the subject. This new image can be dropped into another source.
- Insert an emoji when texting with Siri: When texting with Siri, you can now add an emoji.
- Hang up a call with Siri: To end a phone call, say “Hey Siri, hang up the call.”
- What can you do if you ask Siri? When you ask Siri what you can do in an app, the assistant will explain your options as well as the various Siri commands available.
- Offline support for Siri has been expanded: more Siri requests will be processed on-device without the need to connect to the internet.
- Dictation has been improved: With iOS 16, Dictation no longer blocks the keyboard, allowing you to switch between typing with your voice and typing on-screen with ease.
- Subjects for Visual Look-Up: Previously, Visual Look Up assisted you in identifying animals, plants, and landmarks. Birds, insects, and statues have now been added to the list by Apple.
- More apps are included in Spotlight’s image search: Spotlight will now search for more specific queries by looking at images in Messages, Notes, and Files.
iPads with the A12 Bionic chip and newer iPhones and iPads with the A12 Bionic chip
These features aren’t available on iPhones with the A12 Bionic chip, so the iPhone 11 is the newest Apple smartphone that supports them. Your A12 Bionic iPad, on the other hand, will work (with two exceptions).
- Center Stage with Continuity Camera: While iPhones older than the 11 can use Continuity Camera, thanks to the ultra-wide angle camera on these iPhones, only the 11 and newer can use Center Stage (iPhone only).
- Desk View with Continuity Camera: Using the ultra-wide camera on your iPhone, you can show off a bird’s eye view of your desk while simultaneously showing your face (iPhone only).
- Transcriptions in Real Time: During conversations, audio playback, or video viewing, you can choose to see live subtitles on-screen.
- FaceTime Live Captions: Similarly, during a FaceTime video call, you can now see live captions automatically transcribed with speaker attribution.
iPhones 12 and Above
There is one feature that is only available on iPhones 12 and newer:
- Studio Light with Continuity Camera: Studio Light brightens your face while dimming the background during video calls.
- Apple’s iPhone 12 Pro and 13 Pro—plus their Max variants—as well as A12Z iPads and newer (think iPad Pro 11-inch (2nd generation) and iPad Pro 12.9-inch (4th generation)—can use these two features.
- When you use Magnifier’s detection mode, you’ll be able to see detailed descriptions of doors, people, and images.
- Magnifier’s Door Detection: Apple emphasizes Door Detection, and how you’ll be able to locate a door, read signs and labels surrounding the door, and view instructions on how to open it.
The iPhone 13 and 13 Pro are two new iPhone models.
These two iOS 16 features are only available on iPhone 13 models:
- Portrait mode foreground blur: You can now blur areas of the foreground in addition to the background in Portrait mode.
- The quality of cinematic mode has been improved: Close-ups, as well as the edges of hair and glasses, have a more accurate depth-of-field effect in Cinematic mode.
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