It was first announced back in June, and now Apple has revealed the launch date for its iOS 16 update.
The software update, which will be available for iPhone 8 and up, will finally be rolled out on September 12.
The launch date was confirmed during Apple’s ‘Far Out’ event yesterday, where Apple also announced four new iPhones – the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max.
‘Designed to take advantage of the new capabilities of iPhone 14 Pro, iOS 16 features a reimagined Lock Screen along with new communication, sharing, and intelligence features that together change the way users experience iPhone,’ Apple explained in a post on its newsroom.
Here’s a look at all the key features coming with iOS 16 on September 12.
The software update, which will be available for iPhone 8 and up, will finally be rolled out on September 12
iOS 16: KEY FEATURES
– Personalised lockscreen
– Ability to edit and unsend messages in Messages app
– Scheduling emails
– Live Text updated to include video
– Apple Pay Later
– Next generation CarPlay
The biggest update coming with iOS 16 is the lockscreen, which can now be personalised.
Users can choose whether they’d like to showcase their favourite photos, customise font styles, and display a set of widgets in the lockscreen.
For example, if you regularly check the weather, you could choose to have a weather widget permanently in your iPhone’s lockscreen.
‘The Lock Screen is more personal, beautiful, and helpful than ever with a multilayered effect that artfully sets subjects of photos in front of the time, and newly designed widgets that offer information at a glance,’ Apple explained.
‘For Lock Screen inspiration, the wallpaper gallery offers a range of options, including Apple collections, a Weather wallpaper to see live weather conditions as they change throughout the day, an Astronomy wallpaper for views of the Earth, moon, and solar system, and many more.’
The biggest update coming with iOS 16 is the lockscreen, which can now be personalised. Users can choose whether they’d like to showcase their favourite photos, customise font styles, and display a set of widgets in the lockscreen
If you’re always making typos, you’ll be happy to hear of a range of handy new tools coming to the Messages app.
‘You can now edit a message you’ve just sent or unsend a recent message altogether,’ Apple explained.
‘And you can mark a message as unread if you can’t respond at that moment and want to come back to it later.’
If you’re always making typos, you’ll be happy to hear of a range of handy new tools coming to the Messages app
How to unsend a message in iOS 16
1. In the Messages app, open the chat containing the sent message that you want to unsend
2. Long press the sent message that you want to fix
3. Tap Unsend from the pop-over menu
4. The message will disappear and be replaced by the text ‘You unsent a message’
Apple has introduced a new iCloud Shared Photo Library, which it describes as the ‘best way to share photos with your family.’
Users can choose what to include in their shared library based on a start date or the people in the photos.
‘Once the shared library is set up, you can share photos instantly straight from Camera, choose to share automatically when other shared library members are nearby, and get smart suggestions for adding photos to the shared library in For You,’ Apple explained.
The Search function in Mail has been improved to deliver more accurate and complete results.
And as with Messages, users can now unsend emails.
‘Easily unsend an email you’ve just sent, schedule messages to be sent whenever you like, and get reminders to follow up or come back to a message later,’ Apple said.
Live Text has been updated and is now available for video and features quick actions.
‘Live Text gets more powerful with the ability to recognise text in video and quickly convert currency, translate text, and more,’ Apple said.
For example, if you were on holiday in France and wanted to quickly know how much a punnet of grapes cost in your local currency, you could take a photo of the price tag and your iPhone would instantly convert the currency.
Apple’s Live Text tool has been updated and is now available for video and features quick actions
Apple Maps will now let you add multiple stops to your routes in advance.
‘Plan multiple stops along your route in advance or easily access previous routes in Recents,’ Apple explained.
‘Maps also syncs across your devices, so you can look up directions on your Mac and see them on your iPhone when you’re ready to go.’
Health and Fitness
Apple has added a new Medications feature in the Health app.
‘The new Medications feature in the Health app helps you manage, track and understand the medications you take,’ it said.
Meanwhile, users will now be able to benefit from the Fitness app, even if they don’t have an Apple Watch.
‘The Fitness app can help you track and meet your fitness goals, even if you don’t have an Apple Watch,’ Apple added.
‘Now, using iPhone motion sensors, your steps, distance and third‑party workouts will give you an estimate of your calories to contribute to your daily move goal.’