at your conference WWDC 22, Manzana gave a first look at its new iOS 16 operating system, which will possibly be available for the new iPhone 14 and that it will have more customization options and an improved lock screen with widgets.
It will come pre-installed on iPhone 14, but will also be compatible with a variety of existing iPhone models, including the iPhone 13 and the iPhone 12.
Craig Federighi says that iOS 16 includes “the biggest update to the lock screen, completely reimagining how it looks and works for you.” You can add widgets to your lock screen, adjust depth of field with your background image, and much more.
There’s also a new wallpaper gallery included in iOS 16. Apple has added a bunch of new wallpaper options, plus new animations when unlocking your iPhone.
iOS 16 also includes changes to the way notifications are presented. In particular, there are new features for what Apple calls “Live Notifications.” Developers will be able to embrace this feature with a new Live Notifications API.
New Messages features in iOS 16
Apple is addressing three of the most common complaints about Messages. New features include:
- Edit messages
- “Undo Send”
- Mark as unread
Among today’s iOS 16 announcements is Apple Pay Later, a way to let you pay in installments simply by choosing the option in the Wallet app when you check out.
You can pay in four equal installments and get up to six months without interest.
iCloud Shared Photo Library gives families a new way to seamlessly share photos with a separate iCloud Library where up to six users can collaborate, contribute, and enjoy. Users can choose to share existing photos from their personal libraries or share them based on a start date or the people in the photos. A user can also choose to send photos to the shared library automatically via a new switch in the Camera app. In addition, users will receive smart suggestions to share a photo that includes the participants in the Shared Photo Library. Each Shared Photo Library user has access to add, delete, edit or favorite shared photos or videos, which will appear in each user’s Memories and Featured Photos so everyone can relive more complete family moments.
CarPlay will be able to provide content for multiple screens within the vehicle, creating a unified and consistent experience. Deeper integration with the vehicle will allow users to do things like control the radio or change the weather directly through CarPlay, and using vehicle data, CarPlay will seamlessly render speed, fuel level, temperature and more. in the instrument cluster. Users will be able to customize their driving experience by choosing different gauge cluster layouts, and with added widget support, users will have at-a-glance information from Weather and Music right on their car’s dashboard. More information about the next generation of CarPlay will be shared in the future, with vehicles starting to be announced late next year.
Safari add 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 access keys, unique digital keys that are easy to use, more secure, never stored on a web server, and stay on the device so hackers can’t steal them in 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 to sync across iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV with end-to-end encryption. They will also work in apps and on the web, and users can sign in to websites or an app on non-Apple devices using just their iPhone.
Apple Maps is introducing multi-stop routing, so users can plan up to 15 stops in advance and automatically sync routes from Mac to iPhone when they’re ready to go. Maps is also bringing transit updates to users, making it easy for riders to see how much their trip will cost, add transit cards to Wallet, view low balances, and replenish transit cards, all without leaving Maps.
Share with family offers an easier way to set up an account for a child with proper parental controls right from the start. It includes tips for age-appropriate restrictions on apps, movies, books, music, and more, and a simpler process for setting up a new device that applies existing parental controls automatically. When a child asks for more screen time, guardians can approve or decline directly in Messages.
dictation offers a new experience on the device that allows users to move seamlessly between voice and touch. Users can type on the keyboard, tap the text field, move the cursor, and insert QuickType suggestions, all without having to stop dictation. Additionally, Dictation features automatic punctuation and emoji dictation.
Siri adds the ability to run shortcuts as soon as an app is downloaded with no initial setup required. Users can add emojis when sending a message, choose to send messages automatically, skipping the confirmation step, and hang up on phone and FaceTime calls completely hands-free by simply saying “Hey Siri, hang up.”
The application home 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’s available later this fall, allowing a wide variety of accessories to work together seamlessly across platforms, helping fulfill the true vision of a smart home.
The application Fitness is available to all iPhone users to help track and meet 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 your active calories will help close your Move ring. 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 extra motivation.
The application Health adds medications, allowing users to conveniently create and manage a medication list, create schedules and reminders, and keep track of their medications, vitamins, or supplements. In the United States, users can simply point their iPhone camera at a label to add a drug, read about the drugs they’re taking, and be alerted if there are potential critical drug interactions.5 Additionally, users can share their health data with their loved ones and easily create a PDF of available health records from connected health institutions, directly from the Health app.6
Manzana News introduces a new My Sports section to easily follow your favorite teams and leagues; receive stories from hundreds of top publishers; access scores, schedules, and standings for top professional and college leagues; and see the highlights right in the News app.
Game Center features a redesigned dashboard that displays friends’ gaming activity and achievements in one place, making it easier for gamers to jump in to play or compete against their friends.
The personalized spatial audio enables an even more accurate and immersive listening experience. Listeners can use the TrueDepth camera on iPhone to create a personal profile for Spatial Audio that delivers a listening experience tuned just for them.
a new tool privacy call Safety Check can be helpful for users whose personal safety is at risk of domestic or partner violence by quickly removing all access they have granted to others. It includes an emergency reset that helps users easily sign out of iCloud on all their other devices, reset privacy permissions, and limit messaging to just the device in your hand. It also helps users understand and manage which people and apps they have given access to.
updates accessibility include Door Detection, which helps users who are blind or have low vision use their iPhone to navigate the last few meters to their destination, and Apple Watch Mirroring for users with physical and motor disabilities who can rely on assistive features like voice control and switch control to fully control Apple Watch from your iPhone.7 Plus, live captions make it easy for the deaf and hard of hearing community to follow you while you’re on a phone or FaceTime call, using a video conference or social media app, streaming media, or having a conversation with someone next to you.