After months of testing and beta, iOS 16 is now available on iPhones worldwide. Once you’ve installed it securely on your device, you’ll want to know about all the new features right at your fingertips – and we’ve picked our 16 favorites, from major to minor, that may be relevant to the way you use your smartphone.
1) Add widgets to multiple lock screens
The lock screen has been completely overhauled with the arrival of iOS 16, and now you can add widgets of your choice; Moreover, you can save several different lock screen configurations and jump between them if necessary. To make changes, press and hold the display showing the lock screen, then select Customize to manage lock screens and set wallpaper and different combinations of widgets displayed on each of them.
2) Change the way notifications appear on the lock screen
When you stay on the lock screen, you now have more control over how notifications appear when they arrive: in Settings, tap Notificationsnext choose from three different modes. The To count the option is the smallest and it only shows the number of unread notifications while Stack groups alerts from the same application. The last option, Listwhat the notifications looked like shown in previous iOS versions.
3) Edit and undo message sending
Another of the new headline features this time around is the ability to edit messages sent by iMessage via the Messages app (up to five changes per message) or cancel message sending altogether (you get two minutes of thinking time). To make changes to a sent or sent message one back to aether, press and hold the message in the conversation – you’ll see then Edit and Undo Send the options appear on the screen. It’s not that recipients who aren’t using iOS 16 will still see your unsent or unedited messages: they will receive a new message after each change.
4) Restore recently deleted messages
iOS 16 also introduced the ability to restore conversations that have been deleted in the last 30 days using the Messages app – it works a bit like the Trash folder on your Mac, providing an extra safety net before clearing messages completely. Open the Messages app, tap Edit button, and then select Show Recently Deleted. From the next screen you can restore any of the listed ones message threads or delete them permanently.
5) Configure the filters in focus mode
The Focus feature has some improvements in iOS 16, including the ability to set filters on certain apps – including Messages, Mail, and Calendar – so you don’t have to deal with so many distractions. When you create a new rule set by Focus in Settings, you can tap Add a filter to do this: you can easily hide some email accounts in Mail or limit the number of calendars shown in Calendar.
6) Schedule emails to be sent
Like Messages, Mail now has an undo send feature (active up to 30 seconds after being sent), and you can now schedule emails to be sent as well. When you’ve finished composing a specific email, tap and hold the blue arrow icon in the top right corner and you’ll see a choice of options: Choose one of the suggestions presented or tap Submit later … to choose your own schedule (just make sure your phone is online at the time).
7) Lock iPhone
iOS 16 includes a lock mode that Apple describes as an “optional extreme protection measure” that most people will never need: it drastically limits the attack surface that hackers have to pursue, and it also restricts some iOS features (incoming FaceTime calls and attachments in Messages, for example, are blocked). You can access it in Settings by tapping privacy and security and then Lock mode.
8) Share tab groups in Safari
It might not be something you’ll use all the time, but it can be handy at times: you can now share tab groups with others via Safari for iOS if you are working on a project or doing something research together. With a tab group open, tap the share button (top right corner) to select contacts. Remember that tab groups can now contain pinned tabs and have their own custom start pages as well.
9) View battery level percentage
The battery percentage option is back, making it easier to see how much juice you have left. To see the current percentage on the battery icon in the status bar, go to Settings, then select Batterythen turn it on Battery percentage switch. Note that while some iPhones were left without this feature after the launch of iOS 16, the iOS 16.1 update apparently expanding battery percentage option for each iPhone with Face ID.
10) Plan routes with multiple stops in Apple Maps
Google Maps does had routes with multiple stops for years and with iOS 16 installed, you can now create them in Apple Maps. Set your directions as usual between the two locations and you’ll spot the new one Add a stop button. Up to 15 stops can be placed in one set of tips, and the order can be rearranged by tapping and dragging the handles on the right side of the screen.
11) Track your fitness without Apple Watch
You no longer need an Apple Watch to track your activity with the Apple Fitness app – if you don’t have a wearable device, it will use your iPhone’s motion sensors to monitor the steps you speak and the distances you walk while walking, and it can even work with some apps training courses from other companies. While the functionality isn’t as comprehensive as that of the Apple Watch, it can still calculate the calories you burn each day.
12) Perform a security check
Security Check is a new Apple feature for people “in situations of domestic or intimate partner violence” – it offers a quick overview of people and applications linked to your account, allowing you to revoke permissions, such as access to your location. We hope you will you never need to use this feature, but if you do, you can find it under privacy and security in Settings: tap Security check and you can view your settings or reset them.
13) Cut items out of photos
One of the best new features in iOS 16 is available in several apps, including Photos and Safari. It allows you to extract objects from the background in images: when an image is open on the screen, touch and hold the main object, and if iOS can correctly identify its edges, you will see a faint white glow around the subject. You can then send the cut item to another location by tapping Copy or To share option.
14) Track your medications
The Apple Health app already tracks a ton of important stats for youbut with the arrival of iOS 16, it can also track your medications – you’ll have to enter everything manually, but it’s a convenient way to make sure you’ve taken what you need each day. In the Health app, tap Browse and then Anxietiesthen select Add a drug: You will be prompted for details including its name and how often you take it.
15) Add tactile feedback to the keyboard
In iOS 16, tactile feedback appears on the iPhone’s native keyboard for the first time, so that each touch of the device can be accompanied by a very gentle vibration – something many users prefer so that they can be absolutely sure when their input is. is registered. To enable this feature, open the Settings screen on your iPhone, then tap Sounds and Haptics and Keyboard feedbackand turn it on Touch the switch that appears.
16) Easier to share photos
As of this writing, this one is still “soon” – Apple says it will be out before the end of the year – but there will be a new feature soon called iCloud Shared Photo Library to offer an easier and more convenient way to share photos and videos with a select group of people (e.g. . close family members). Anyone you share the library with can edit, delete, and view photos and videos that you post.