Apple’s WWDC 2022 has begun and as usual everything has focused on the operating systems and on the details of the news that these will have on the next updates of the operating system. The first to be introduced and presented was iOS 16: the update that as we know will debut this fall after spending the summer in beta for developers. There are many new features that mainly concern more customization options and an improved lock screen with widgets.
iOS 16: here’s how the iPhone operating system will change
Federighi started from the most visible element of all that is the lock screen that we know has remained substantially unchanged for years. “With iOS 16 we bring biggest lockscreen update ever “.
What are the news? First there is a new clock font which can be changed with different styles and fonts. So it will be possible also add widgets that are somewhat reminiscent of those seen on Apple Watch and that will allow you to have all the most important information at a glance without always having to unlock the iPhone.
In addition to this it will also be possible to create multiple lock screens which you can switch between by swiping the screen. Wallpapers provided by Apple are also updated, with animated and more personalized choices.
Notifications are also changed and are now displayed on the lock screen differently. Instead of piling up on the screen, they “roll up” at the bottom of the screen and are also displayed in the form of text rather than a classic notification. There is also a function “Live Activities“to view notifications associated with a live event such as an Uber ride or sporting event.
Not just because now iOS 16 will allow you to place the Focus filtersapps like Calendar, Mail, Messages and Safari that will only be able to view content relevant to a user’s Focus, helping them find a better balance.
The messages also change a bit. In this case the update coming to iOS 16 adds the ability to change typos in sent messages, recall the messages you actually wanted to send, and the ability to mark a message thread as unread so you can go back to read it later. Not just because SharePlay is also coming in messages.
One of the most important features coming to iOS 16 is Live Text. How does it work? Live text will allow you to recover text not only from images but also from videos. What seems incredible about this new feature is the fact that it will be enough to touch a subject in a photo, cut out its image and drag only that one, for example, into a message. In short, it seems that Apple is preparing to introduce big features for its RealityOS or the operating system for mixed reality.
Mail also gets some important news which involve the ability to schedule emails in advance or even the ability to cancel delivery of a message before it reaches a recipient’s inbox. Mail detects if the user has forgotten to include an important part of the message, such as an attachment. Users also have the ability to view a message again at any date and time with Remember later and follow-up suggestions automatically remind users to follow up on an email if they haven’t received a response. iOS 16 also comes with the ability to search emails in a much heavier way using cutting-edge techniques to provide more relevant, accurate and complete results. Users see recent emails, contacts, documents and links the moment they start searching for emails.
Wallet, Apple Pay and Tap to Pay
Wallet also gets some extended features such as the ability to securely share (in USA) identity cards by providing only the necessary information. This will also make it easier to share the saved keys. And also comes the new “ Pay Later ” feature for Apple Pay which adds the ability to split an invoice into four equal payments without interest or fees. Comes to iOS 16 Tap to Paywhich allows chain stores or individual owners to have more ease of payment: the iPhone can be transformed into a POS.
Apple Maps will get a multistop route in iOS 16 which for the moment will not concern Italy, while six other cities will be added to the “detailed city experience” introduced in iOS 15.
iCloud Share Photo Library
iOS 16 will also bring a new mode for sharing family photos. Apple tries to make a shared iCloud photo library available by allowing all family members to add, edit and delete photos, so that people with different skills in each group can collaborate.
CarPlay changes completely
CarPlay has fundamentally changed the way people interact with their vehicles and the next generation of CarPlay goes even further by integrating deeply with a car’s hardware. CarPlay will be able to deliver content for multiple screens inside the vehicle, creating a unified and coherent experience. There will be greater integration with the vehicle which will allow users to do things like control the radio or change the climate directly via CarPlay and, using vehicle data, CarPlay will perfectly render the speed, fuel level, temperature and more on the instrument panel.
Users will be able to customize their driving experience By choosing different instrument cluster designs and, with additional support for widgets, users will have at a glance information from Weather and Music directly to their car dashboard.
Other features of iOS 16
- Safari adds shared tab groups to share a collection of websites with friends and family, making it easy to add tabs and see what others are viewing. Browsing in Safari is even safer with passkey, unique digital keys that are easy to use, more secure, never stored on a web server and that remain on the device so that hackers cannot steal them in the event of a data breach or trick users into sharing them. Designed to replace passwords, passkeys use Touch ID or Face ID for biometric verification and iCloud Keychain for syncing across iPhones, iPads, Macs, and Apple TVs with end-to-end encryption. They will also work on apps and on the web, and users can access websites or an app on non-Apple devices using just their iPhone.
- Dictation offers a new on-device experience that allows users to seamlessly move between voice and touch. Users can type with the keyboard, tap in the text field, move the cursor, and enter QuickType suggestions, all without having to stop Dictation. Additionally, Dictation includes automatic punctuation and emoji dictation.
- Siri adds the ability to perform shortcuts as soon as an app is downloaded without requiring advance configuration. Users can add emojis when they send a message, choose to send messages automatically, skip the confirmation step, and hang up the phone and fully hands-free FaceTime calls by simply saying “Hey Siri, hang up.”
- The app Home it makes it easier for users to navigate, organize and view their accessories, and improvements to the underlying architecture give users more efficient and reliable control of their smart home. A software update for iOS 16 will bring support for the Matter smart home connectivity standard once it is available later this fall, allowing a wide variety of accessories to work together seamlessly across all platforms, helping to realize the true vision of a smart home.
- The app Fitness is available for all iPhone users to track and achieve fitness goals, even if they don’t have an Apple Watch. IPhone users can set a daily Move goal in the Fitness app and see how their active calories will help close their Move ring. The iPhone’s motion sensors can track steps, distance, flights climbed and workouts from third-party apps, which can be converted into an active calorie estimate to contribute to users’ daily Move goal. Users can also share their Move ring with friends for further motivation.
- The app Health adds medications, allowing users to conveniently create and manage a medication list, create schedules and reminders, and track their medications, vitamins, or supplements. In the United States, users can simply point their iPhone’s camera at a label to add a drug, read the medications they are taking, and receive a warning if there are potential critical interactions for their medications. 5 Additionally, users can share their health data with loved ones and easily create a PDF of the medical records available from connected health institutions, right from the Health app.
- Personalized spatial audio allows for an even more precise and engaging listening experience. Listeners can use the TrueDepth camera on iPhone to create a personal profile for Spatial Audio that offers a tuned listening experience just for them.
- A new tool for privacy called Safety Check can be useful for users whose personal safety is at risk due to intimate partner violence by quickly removing all access they have granted to others. It includes a disaster recovery that helps users easily log out of iCloud on all other devices, restore privacy permissions, and limit messaging to only the device they are holding. It also helps users understand and manage which people and apps they have granted access to.