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iOS 16: New features, iPhone compatibility, release date

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iOS 16

iOS 16 will be the next major milestone release of Apple’s operating system for the iPhone and iPod touch. The update will be introduced in June and likely be released to the public in September. Here’s everything we know so far.

New features in iOS 16

Apple is set to introduce a new version of iOS in the next few months. The codename of this update is Sydney. So far, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman says this new version will bring “nice upgrades.”

Rumors are still vague, but it seems Apple plans to introduce a new Lock Screen. It seems like iOS 16 won’t have an “end-to-end redesign” to its interface.

Revamped notification system

In an April edition of his Power On newsletter, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman writes that iOS 16 will bring “fairly significant enhancement across the board, including an update to notifications.”

Focus mode will be even better

One of the most important features of iOS 15 was the Focus mode feature. According to a new string added to iOS 15.5 beta, Apple is working on a revamped version of this function as there’s a warning message telling users that the chosen Focus mode requires a software update to be enabled:

Using an allowed list for this Focus will cause these settings to be lost on your other devices with newer software.

A device with newer software has updated this Focus to use a new configuration this device doesn’t support. To continue editing notifications on this device, update to the latest software or use an allowed list for this Focus.

Apple News, health features, and rOS hint

In addition to all these features, it seems like Apple will bring improved health features. iOS code also suggests Apple News will get an update and some older devices won’t support it anymore. Last but not least, Gurman suggests that iOS 16 will be full of hints about Apple’s upcoming Mixed Reality headset, which could be announced later this year.

Device compatibility

According to iPhonesoft, based on knowledge of someone running an internal seed, Apple plans to drop support for the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and the original iPhone SE with iOS 16.

With that in mind, here are the iPhones that could possibly receive iOS 16:

  • iPhone 7 and 7 Plus
  • iPhone 8 and 8 Plus
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone XR, XS and XS Max
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone SE (2nd gen)
  • iPhone SE (3rd gen)
  • iPod touch (7th gen)

It’s important to note that since Apple discontinued the seventh-generation iPod touch, it may not receive iOS 16. We’ll discover in a couple of weeks from now.

When will iOS 16 come out?

iOS 16 will likely be announced on June 6, during WWDC 2022’s keynote. The event will be online, although some students and developers will be able to attend the keynote in person at Apple Park.

Following the announcement, Apple will test the operating system for a few months until it’s released for all users around September, as the company has done over the past years.

Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman recently said that the iOS 16 beta build release schedule is a bit different this year. According to the journalist, Apple has plans to introduce the first public beta of iOS 16 along with the third developer beta in July.

The reason, according to Gurman, is that the current internal builds are “a bit buggy.” As a result, Apple engineers will need more time to make the iOS 16 beta stable enough before letting anyone install it on iPhone and iPad devices.

iOS 16 feature requests

9to5Mac’s Parker Ortolani created a fun concept that Apple could 100% adopt. According to Parker, Apple should add interactive widgets, persistent focus toggle, and more:

Widgets don’t really get any love on the iPhone with iOS 15. There are a few new built-in ones for Apple’s apps like Find My, Game Center, and Mail. But widgets still aren’t truly interactive or easily resizable. We looked at two of Apple’s own apps as good examples for how to make a widget interactive but still unobtrusive.

The Home app is the app that needs interactive widgets the most. It would be great to turn a HomeKit product on or off with a tap using a small widget. For people who use scenes, a medium-size widget could include your scenes and let you swap between them on the fly. Voice Memos would benefit from an interactive widget, too. Imagine being able to take a voice recording right from your Home Screen or Lock Screen.

You can read Parker’s concept here.

iOS 16 Stories May 18

Apple yesterday previewed some iOS 16 accessibility features we can look forward to, including live captions, Apple Watch mirroring, and door detection.

It’s often been argued that accessibility features in general can benefit everyone, not just the target group, and Macworld argues that this is the case for all three of the above features …

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iOS 16 Stories May 16

Apple will officially announce iOS 16 and other major updates to its operating systems at the WWDC 2022 kickoff event on June 6. While the first beta is always made available exclusively to developers, a new report from Mark Gurman claimed that the first public beta of iOS 16 will come later than usual.

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iOS 16 Stories April 14

iOS 16 is just a couple of months away from being announced by Apple during the WWDC 2022 keynote. While last year’s operating system focused a lot on FaceTime, Apple Maps, and Weather, which stock iPhone app do you want to see Apple upgrade the most?

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iOS 16 Stories April 11

We’re two months away from Apple announcing iOS 16, but there are already some rumors about the update floating around the web. Bloomberg journalist Mark Gurman this week reported that iOS 16 will bring updates to the notification system, and code found in Apple’s latest beta software corroborates just that – among some other things.

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Now that WWDC 2022 has officially been announced, we’re gearing up for the release of iOS 16. This will mark the next major release of Apple’s software platform for the iPhone, as well as iPadOS 16 for the iPad. Head below as we recap all of the latest rumors and expectations for iOS 16 this year, including new features, release info, and more.

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iOS 16 Stories April 10

In his latest edition of the Power On newsletter, Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman is bringing more tidbits about iOS 16 and watchOS 9, which he calls “major upgrades.” This is the first time Gurman reports about the upcoming operating systems after Apple announced the WWDC 2022 keynote set to occur on June 6.

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iOS 16 Stories April 6

iMessage is such a great communications tool to use across your Apple devices. I love being to communicate my messages more clearly (and fun) with the slew of features and integrations within this app. It’s more than just text messaging these days, and it’s added new innovations to our everyday discussions. Since its release over a decade ago, billions of messages have been sent by iOS users alike.

Here are some tips and tricks to up your iMessaging game.

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iOS 16 Stories April 5

Apple has officially announced the dates for its annual WWDC event and keynote. This year, the event will take place entirely virtually from June 6 through June 10. This year at WWDC, we expect Apple to announce the future of its operating systems including iOS 16, watchOS 9, and macOS 13. Head below for all of the details on WWDC 2022.

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iOS 16 Stories March 3

We’re just three months away from Apple’s annual WWDC event, which is where the company will announce its next round of major software updates. As usual, the headliner here will be iOS 16 and iPadOS 16, which will bring major new features to the iPhone and iPad.

Here are four new iOS 16 features that I’m really hoping to see Apple bring this year…

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iOS 16 Stories February 9

Yesterday, Apple officially announced a new Tap to Pay on iPhone feature. This feature turns your iPhone into a contactless payment terminal – the initial implementation of this capability will target businesses, with Apple making new tools available to developers so companies like Stripe can integrate Tap to Pay into merchant applications.

But could this feature also hint at something Apple could add to the iPhone for peer-to-peer payments on a system-level with iOS 16? It certainly seems plausible…

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