iOS 16 is packed with new features. Here are 16, small or large, more or less useful, that can make your life easier.
After months of previews and betas, iOS 16 is finally here for all compatible iPhones. After installation, you’ll want to know everything about the new features. Here are 16 of our favorites, some small and some bigger, that can really make a difference.
The lock screen has been overhauled with iOS 16. Now you can: add widgets above. And you can save multiple lock screen layouts and switch between them with ease. To do this, press and hold on the lock screen and choose Personalize.
2 – Change how notifications appear on the lock screen
Still on the lock screen, you now have more control over how notifications appear. In Settings, tap Notifications and choose from the three modes. The Account option is the most minimalistic, it only displays the number of unread notifications. Stack group alerts by app and list is the label for how previous versions of iOS worked.
3 – Change and cancel sending messages
Another important feature is the ability to edit messages sent via iMessages in the Messages app (up to five edits per message) or unsend (you have 2 minutes to do this). To edit or delete a sent message, press and hold a message and you will see Edit and Undo Send options. Non-iOS 16 recipients will still see your original message, but they will receive the new message.
4 – View recently deleted messages
iOS 16 also introduced the ability to redisplay conversations deleted in the last 30 days via the Messages app. It works just like Trash folder on Mac, giving you extra security before deleting messages permanently. Open the Messages app, tap the Edit button and choose View recently deleted messages. There you can restore or permanently delete a conversation.
5 – Define filters in Focus mode
The Focus function has been improved in iOS 16, including the ability to filter certain apps, including Messages, Mail, and Calendar, so they won’t be disturbed. When you create rules through Concentration in Settings, you can tap Add filter; you can easily exclude certain email accounts in the Mail app or limit the number of calendars shown in the Calendar app.
6 – Schedule sending emails
Like Messages, Mail now has an unsend feature (up to 30 seconds after sending) and you can also schedule sendings. When you’re done writing, tap and hold the blue arrow icon in the top right corner. You will then see several options. Tap Send Later to schedule the shipment.
7 – Lock iPhone
iOS 16 offers a lock mode that Apple describes as an “extreme optional protection measure”. Most users will never need it, it drastically reduces the attack surface for hackers while limiting some iOS features – incoming calls FaceTime and Message attachments are blocked, for example -. You can access it from Settings by tapping Privacy & Security and then Lock Mode.
8 – Share Tab Groups in Safari
It can be helpful from time to time. You can now share tab groups with others through Safari on iOS. Handy if, for example, you are working on a project with several people. When a tab group is open, tap the Share button (top right) to choose the receiving contact(s). Tab groups can now contain pinned tabs and have their own home page.
9 – View battery percentage
The visualization of the remaining battery percentage is back. To see it in the battery icon in the status bar, go to Settings, then Battery and activate Battery percentage. If you don’t have the option, make sure iOS 16.1 is installed.
10 – Plan routes with multiple stops in Apple Maps
Google Maps This has been possible for years and now iOS 16 also allows it. Set a start and end location and you’ll see a new Add Stop button. You can have up to 15 stops on a route, and you can change the order by dragging and dropping on the right side of the screen.
11 – Track your physical activity without Apple Watch
You no longer need a Apple Watch to track your workouts through the Apple Fitness app. Without the watch, the system uses the iPhone’s sensors to count steps, distances, etc. It even works with some third-party sports apps. Although the functionality is not as complete as with an Apple Watch, you can still calculate the calories burned.
12 – Carry out a security check
Security Check is Apple’s new feature for those who find themselves in a “domestic violence” situation. It provides a quick overview of people and apps connected to your account so you can revoke permissions such as access to your location. If you need to activate it, go to Settings, then Privacy and Security and Security Manager.
13 – Crop the subjects of the photos
One of the best features of iOS 16, available in multiple apps including Photos and Safari. Allows you to remove the subject from the background in an image; with an image open on the screen, tap and hold the subject. If iOS can easily recognize the outlines, you’ll see a bright white outline appear. You can then use the cut topic by tapping the Copy or Share option.
14 – Monitor medication intake
The Apple Health app already allows you to track a number of vital signs, but with the arrival of iOS 16, you can also track medications. You have to enter everything manually, but it’s a handy option to make sure you take them regularly. In the Health app, tap Browse, Treatments, then Add Treatment. Fill in the requested information, including name and frequency and you’re done.
15 – Add haptic feedback to the keyboard
With iOS 16, haptic feedback comes to the iPhone keyboard for the first time, making you vibrate with every keystroke. To enable this feature, open Settings and go to Sounds & Touch and Keyboard Feedback. Then activate Touch.
16 – Share Photos Easier
At the time of writing, the feature is still “coming soon”. Apple says it will be before the end of the year, but the feature called iCloud Shared Photo Library will soon be available to everyone, making it easier to share photos and videos with a group (such as a family). Anyone who has access to this library can view, edit, or delete the photos and videos you post.