Apple has released its new IOS 16 software on Sep 12.
Who is is for?
Anyone with iPhone 8 or newer can install the updated. While not all features
may be present in the older models, you can still enjoy some of the features.
IOS updates are often released together with the new iPhone to keep it fresh.
This year’s key feature will undoubtedly be the new lock screen that can be
customised with fonts and widgets.
What’s new in IOS 16?
Customisable Lock Screens
|Image Credit : Apple / David Pierce|
Users can now add widgets with real-time data on the lock screen. You might
need a while to set up the lock screen, but it will look completely different
from before. The widgets are non-interactive for now and will update with new
Edit and unsend iMessages
Users can edit or unsend a message within 15 minutes after sending it. The
receiving party can see if the message has been edited or removed. This may
not be a priority for many since Whatsapp seems to be the deferred way of
communication for most.
Scheduled emails ahead of time
Use the built-in Mail app to schedule emails to send later. It also has a
better search feature, and a new undo send option.
You can now speak texts, and it will automatically punctuate them with commas,
periods and even emojis!
You can quickly turn off all services and apps such as location being shared
with others. This will be great for those who want more privacy. It also means
your child can turn it off, and you would be unable to track them!
Notifications can be controlled in new ways with it appearing at the bottom of
the screen when the phone is locked. If you do not like them, you can hide
them. The focus mode can also be changed to silence specific notifications
depending on your needs.
Apple Maps – Multiple stops
Want to add different routes in Apple Maps?
You can add pitstops now in Apple Maps. This will probably be underwhelming
for those using Google Maps as it already has the functions.
Medication and sleep tracking
If you are someone on regular medicine, this feature will be handy. Apple’s
Health app now allows users to input their medications and notify them when
the time is needed to take the medication. With an Apple Watch, the app can
also monitor sleep and heartbeat.
Live Text in Video, New Photo edits
Apple uses AI to
translate text in photos and videos. You can also remove the background of a
subject in a picture and place it into other apps. For videos, you can pause
the playback and press and hold to add text!
Apple pay Later
You can now use Apple pay to pay off purchases through four payments over six
weeks. However, we must verify if this function can be used in Singapore.
Apple Home App Updated
Redesigned Home app to better show things such as multiple cameras in and around your house.
Hey Siri, hang up
Now you can use Siri to hang up your calls. You can still use the old fashion
way of pressing the phone if you want to. This will be useful for those who
are driving or not in touch distance to the phones.
Fitness+ on iPhone
Fitness+ is a subscription service that offers workouts and meditation videos.
If you need a personal trainer, you have one in your pocket.
If you have multiple Apple devices, you can move your Facetime call from
iPhone to iMac or iPad without hanging up. You need to update your other
devices for it to work.
How to install iOS 16?
Updates are now available. To download, do the following.
Choose Software Update.
The update will be downloaded in the background and you will be notified once
it is available to install. Just click and wait for the magic!