iOS 16: the 10 hidden features that will simplify your life

Available in beta since July 11, iOS 16 brings a lot of new features, including a new lock screen that is well promoted by Apple. There are also a dozen small very practical features that the brand has communicated a bit about.

In early June, during its WWDC conference, Apple unveiled iOS 16 and iPadOS 16. Future versions of the iPhone and iPad operating systems bring a host of important new features, such as a new lock screen, the ability to change an iMessage, and a multitasking system with multiple windows for the brand’s tablets. These updates will be available to all users in September, but the most impatient among you may already install them. Beta versions have been available since July 11, just go to to download them.

Since the beginning of June, Numerama has been testing future versions of Apple’s OS. While it’s too early to release what could be considered a test (we’re waiting for the final versions), we’ve spent the last few weeks listing all the fun little things we’ve discovered in iOS 16 and iPadOS 16. here are ten.


1 – The Wi-Fi password is finally available

15 years after the first iPhone, Apple has finally realized that not all of their customers know the Wi-Fi password by heart.

In the iOS 16 settings, when you select a network, you can display its authentication key in clear text (after Face ID, Touch ID, or password verification). It is possible to copy and paste it to send it to someone who does not have an Apple device (sharing a Wi-Fi password between Apple devices is automatic).

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iOS 16 remembers the Wi-Fi password. // Source: Numerama records

2 – Face ID works when you lie down

Since iPhone X, Apple allows you to unlock your smartphone, access a secure application or pay with its Face ID face recognition system. Oddly enough, Face ID today only works when you hold your smartphone vertically.

With iOS 16, this error finally disappears. iPhone 12 and 13 (not X, XS, XR and 11 😔) can now recognize you if, for example, you hold them horizontally, in a game or in bed.

3 – The cryptogram on your bank card was finally saved

Some may be scared when they read this subtitle, but this news is still very useful. Now, when a site asks us for our credit card information, Safari can fill in everything, including the CVC (cryptogram) field. On iOS 15, this field always remains blank.

4 – The result of a football match on the lock screen

Summer commits, there are not many sports competitions at the moment. It is at the beginning of the school year that the new sports spinning feature in iOS 16 should become more convenient. In Spotlight, search for the name of your favorite team and add the game currently being broadcast to your lock screen. A widget will be updated during the match, with the result in real time without application.

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iOS 16 can enter all your banking data at once. He can also give you the results of a match from Spotlight. // Source: Numerama Screenshots

5 – A wallpaper that changes every time

Since iPhone OS 1, you can only select one wallpaper on your iPhone. With iOS 16, it’s possible to select a selection of images or let an artificial intelligence do it for you. It is up to you to set how often you want your wallpaper to be changed. This can be done each time the screen wakes up, if desired. Interesting if, for example, you want to take advantage of the wallpapers that show the panoramic photos taken by James Webb.

6 – Weather: temperature curves

It falls particularly well in the middle of a heat wave, iOS 16 allows you to open special modules in the application Forecast. If you click on the temperature program, you now have access to curves that show the development of degrees during the day.

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The weather provides enriched information about all its sections. Backgrounds may change each time. // Source: Numerama Screenshots

7 – Haptic feedback on the keyboard

On Android, it has been possible for several years to make the keyboard vibrate as soon as a key is pressed. It was not comfortable at first, but has become so over time, thanks to the advent of haptic engines that enhance vibrations and give the impression of really pressing a key.

iOS 16 allows you to do the same on the iPhone. This is an option to activate in the settings, but when selected, the smartphone vibrates very easily as you type. On our side, we love it.

8 – The iPad screen can display several things

A novelty reserved for iPads, which have also been stolen from Macs, the ability to enlarge the available surface of the screen. How does it work? Icons and text become smaller to make more room for other elements. If you have good eyesight and want to multitask Internship leaderit could be very convenient.

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The preview is not updated, but “More space” reduces the interface. // Source: Capture Numerama

9 – Voice memos in iMessage change design

Really fake news: Voice memos are now hidden in the “application section” of iMessage. When you click on the blue icon dedicated to voice memos, you have access to a real full screen interface, which was not the case before. Unfortunately, there are no other new features. We still cannot listen to a message until we send it or only change a part.

10 – Masked images protected by Face ID 😏

Good news if you have nude pictures important photos to hide, iOS 16 automatically protects a few folders in your photo library with password. It is now impossible to access photos stored in or the Recycle Bin without going through Face ID, Touch ID or the code on your iPhone.

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The voice memo interface in Amazon on the left, protected images on the right. // Source: Numerama Screenshots

Bonus: the other cool little news

Since we could not put everything in this selection, let’s mention some of the other new features in iOS 16 coming this fall. For example, there is the cancellation of an email within 10 seconds of sending (a kind of countdown), the ability to adjust spatial sound with AirPods by scanning your ears with the TrueDepth camera or the instant captions that only add text in English to what is playing through your device’s speaker. These features are already available in the beta version of iOS / iPadOS 16.

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