iOS 16: the 6 important new features that will change your iPhone

During its keynote organized as part of WWDC 2022, Apple unveiled the future features that will be offered in iOS 16, the future iPhone operating system.

This is an event not to be missed for iPhone owners: every year, on the occasion of WWDC (an event primarily dedicated to developers), Apple provides an overview of the new features coming on iOS. And in 2022, the Cupertino company’s smartphones will switch to iOS 16 when the new series will be launched (ie after the start of the school year).

If for several years iOS has reached a kind of perfection from an ergonomic point of view, Apple is still working on refining the experience without touching the design too much. With iOS 16, the multinational focuses especially on notifications, with a much more complete and convenient lock screen.

iOS 16 will of course be available in the form of a beta in the coming weeks.

New features coming to iPhone with iOS 16

A completely renewed lock screen

iOS 16 presented at WWDC // Source: Numerama screenshot

Apple wants to revolutionize the lock screen with iOS 16, with more room for customization (example: wallpapers with different styles). The goal is to make it more personal, more beautiful and more practical at the same time. We can change the aesthetics in real time, just by clicking on ‘change’. You can also change the font, as well as the colors of the letters and numbers.

More useful, we can add widgets to access certain essential information (examples: temperature, number of calories consumed).

With iOS 16, the iPhone can literally become a photo frame with scrolling images. And like the dials on the Apple Watch, we can swipe from one locked screen to another.

Better notification management

Here we’re talking about changing where notifications are displayed (so they do not obstruct your beautiful lock screen). We’ve mainly talking about a way to make notifications more lively with real-time monitoring. This is especially relevant for tracking the outcome of a basketball game or his Uber trip.

More options for focus

We can associate a concentration mode with a locked screen. Need more widgets while in the office? Do you want a more personalized screen for your daily use? Well, that will be possible.

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The new iMessage messages on iOS 16 // Source: Numerama screenshot

We can also filter the applications further according to the concentration mode: for example, Safari can only show you websites dedicated to your work.

Evolution for iMessage

Three new features appear on iMessage, Apple’s famous messaging app:

  • Editing messages to correct errors;
  • Canceling the sending / destruction of a message;
  • Possibility to put messages in ‘unread’ to return to them later.
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The new iMessage messages on iOS 16 // Source: Numerama screenshot


With dictation mode, you can type text with your voice while continuing to type with the virtual keyboard. Apple promises automatic punctuation and, also, integration of emojis.

Finally something new for Plans

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Apple Plan’s new generation arrives in France! // Source: Numerama Screenshot

Maps is far from Apple’s most comprehensive app. But the company Cupertino intends to rectify the situation with several features that may make you want to use it: planning a trip with 15 stops, bike routes, more essential information for public transport, very detailed maps in some cities. France is finally coming into the loop!

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