At WWDC 2022, Apple unveiled the latest version of its iPhone operating system: iOS 16.
To give you an idea of the changes and new features that the latter brings, we compared it with its predecessor iOS 15. Here is a brief overview of the new features that appear to be a serious upgrade.
The lock screen
Although iOS 15 managed to improve the look and feel of the system, the lock screen was still a bit basic. With iOS 16, Apple is changing the game and offering a different design.
It now allows you to customize the display of information. Your images can be placed in front of elements like time and date, giving a very pleasing 3D effect. For a better configuration, you also have the choice between different fonts and colors to customize the images and text to your liking.
You can also add widgets, based on those from the Apple Watch, such as a calendar to see upcoming appointments, activity to take stock of sports and the weather application. They also help you track ongoing deliveries, recent match results or other useful information.
When listening to music, it is also possible to view the entire album image on the lock screen above the play buttons.
iOS 15 started cleaning up the iPhone notification system with the ability to turn off calls, set specific times, add photos to contacts, and group related alarms.
In iOS 16, Apple has taken it a step further by bringing the SharePlay feature to iMessage, which means you do not have to open other apps to watch the movie or listen to the song at the same time as your loved ones. You will also be able to continue chatting while the content is playing.
iOS 15 introduced privacy features to hide your information from senders, such as your location, online activities, or even if your message was read. These additions were good, but they did not really make up for the lack of controls and options in the app.
iOS 16 addresses this and delivers new features aimed at closing the gap with competitors. For example, scheduled emails will now be available in Mail. You will also be warned just before they are sent if you change your mind and want to cancel it.
Mail also scans your messages to make sure nothing important, such as an attachment, has been missed.
Some of the most useful iOS 16 updates are in the Messages app. First of all, it will be possible to change the messages that have already been sent so that you can quickly correct a typing error before it is detected by the recipient.
Even better, you can delete a message even after it has been delivered. Finally, you can mark a thread in your inbox as unread to remind you to check it later.
iOS 15 had introduced the SharePlay feature, which automatically puts all content sent by friends, links to music, movies, interesting articles, etc. into the corresponding application.
iOS 16 introduces a really good feature that Apple’s navigation app has been missing: multi-step routing. Thanks to this, you will be able to plan trips with up to 15 stops, all without having to enter additional information in the Plan.
This feature also connects to your computer so you can sync your Mac itineraries with your iPhone before you travel.
New public transport features allow users to know the estimated cost of their travel. With iOS 16, Apple also offers to add transit cards to its Cards app, which checks balances to remind you when to fill them up.
Shared image library
Organizing a photo library can be a real headache, especially when multiple users want to access it. Now, with iOS 16, Apple is creating a new, one-stop-place where families (up to six people) share photos and manage them together through the iCloud Shared Photo Library.
All team members can add, remove or edit photos.
If you could already copy text from an image, iOS 16 uses built-in intelligence to record it in videos. It will be enough to press pause and enter text from any image.
In addition, it also allows for currency conversion and translation functions.
Visual Search is a sister feature to Live Text that first appeared in iOS 15. It helps identify certain objects, such as landmarks, art, flowers, and dog breeds, by pointing to them with the device’s iPhone image. The image is then analyzed and the results are presented by Siri.
iOS 16 adds more motifs, including birds, insects and statues, while introducing a new feature to separate a motif from the background.
Apple has spruced up with iOS 16 and introduced many other features such as improvements to CarPlay, dictation, account creation for kids, fitness, accessibility, security and others. You can read more about them in our guide to the most important new features in iOS 16.