Apple today previewed iOS 16, delivering the biggest update ever to the Lock Screen, and new sharing, communication, and intelligence features that together change the way users experience iPhone. iOS 16 introduces iCloud Shared Photo Library to seamlessly share a collection of photos with family, updates to Messages and Mail that help users stay in touch with ease, and powerful enhancements to Live Text and Visual Look Up.
- The Lock Screen gets more personal, beautiful, and helpful with iOS 16. With a new multilayered effect, the subjects of photos are artfully set in front of the time on the Lock Screen, creating a sense of depth. Users can also change the look of the date and time with expressive type styles and color choices. The Lock Screen features widgets that take inspiration from Apple Watch complications, making it easy to get information at a glance, such as upcoming calendar events, the weather, battery levels, alarms, time zones, Activity ring progress, and more.
- iOS 16 also brings a new notification center that is the biggest update to the area since iOS 12. App notifications now roll in from the bottom and can be hidden. A new Live Activities feature can also pin certain notifications that basically become interactive widgets. This works for notifications from apps like Apple TV. A Live Activities API will also let developers make their own interactive notifications that can be pinned.
- A separate iCloud library, the new feature allows up to five people to contribute to a common library so all users involved in, say a weekend trip, have access to all the best pictures. Users can also share intelligently with photos automatically being shared to the shared library when you take pictures with other contributors. Shared photos will also show up in each user’s Memories and Featured Photos.
- Apple is adding three key features to Messages. The first is the ability to edit messages that you’ve already sent. The second also lets users undo a sent message, without leaving behind residue like WhatsApp. The final feature also lets users mark a read message as ‘unread’ similar to how you can do the same on emails.
- With iOS 16, users can now schedule emails ahead of time and even cancel the delivery of a message before it reaches a recipient’s inbox. The Mail app now automatically detects key missing elements in emails like an attachment and lets the user know of the same.
- Improvements to Live text allow you to pause a video on any frame and interact with the text on screen, similar to how you previously could with photos. Apple also announced a Live Text API for developers so that will allow their apps to do the same.
- The Wallet app on iOS 16 gets a new Pay Later feature that lets Apple Pay users in the US use a safe and seamless credit service to split the cost of an Apple Pay purchase into four equal payments that users can then make over the next six weeks. The feature charges no fees or interest and users can check remaining payments and other information straight from the Wallet app.
- Apple introduced the next-generation CarPlay which now integrates even deeper with the hardware of a vehicle and provides content for multiple screens embedded within the vehicle, instead of just one.
- With iOS 16, Apple users can jump straight into SharePlay from not just FaceTime, but also Messages. Users can now watch content in perfect sync with other users via SharePlay in Messages.
- Apple has launched its redesigned Maps application in 11 more countries. The revamped app now includes better, 3D-like visuals and plenty of new features. With Multistop routing, Maps will store up to 15 stops on a route while Siri is able to add new stops on the go while driving. With Transit, users can now see how much the fare for a public transport is.
- Apple News will now support deeper integration with multiple sports and users will get a personalised feed with updates from the teams and sports they follow. The service is currently available in only four countries though, and India is not on the list for now.
- Apple is throwing in a lot of new parental control features that make setting up a new device with parental controls easily, and doing things like increasing a kid’s screen time can now be done much more seamlessly, without heading into the settings.
- iOS 16 brings a new privacy feature called Safety Check that is aimed at helping victims of domestic abuse and violence. The feature lets users cut ties (like location sharing, access to messages) with an abusive member. The feature also lets users manage who they give access to.