Best New Features of iOS 16

Robert Cerff / 18-07-2022 / News & Tips

The new iPhone 14 is bringing a new operating system updated with it. iOS 16 is slated for release later this year and so far, we’ve seen glimpses of its capabilities after its debut in preview form at the WWDC in June.

If you’re curious to know more, we have the low down on the best new features to expect from iPhone’s newest operating system.

Customisable Lockscreen

iOS 16 has completely overhauled the old lock screen, adding new dynamic and customisable features. When it launches, you will be able to adjust picture placement, create multiple lock screens and apply themes like astronomy or weather. An unconfirmed but very likely improvement will be a new live updates feature where notifications come through in real-time. For example, if this feature is activated for the Sports App, you will receive live updates as the action unfolds. The feature hints that the new range of flagship iPhones could boast an always-on live screen.

The Freedom to iMessage

With the introduction of iOS 16, you can finally edit and undo your messages as well as mark threads as unread on iMessage. A feature that’s been a long time coming for iPhone lovers!

Focus Gets More Focused

When Focus launched on iOS 15, it quickly became a fan favourite as users loved how it helped them block out distractions. With iOS 16, Focus is set to become even better as it extends to the lock screen and adopts advanced customisation features. For example, in work mode, Focus enables you to apply work-related wallpapers and widgets. Customisations will extend to selected apps such as Safari, Messages, Mail, and Calendar. You will only receive notifications related to the mode you're using at the time. And, you’ll easily be able to switch to another mode when you’re relaxing by swiping on the lock screen.

A Boost for Apple Maps

Apple Maps is expanding its coverage to 11 new countries and added six new cities to the 3D city map network. It offers better functionality allowing you to add 15 stops on an Apple Maps route and you can prepare your routes in advance on a Mac or ask Siri to add more points while you're on the move!

Expanding Your iCloud Library

With iOS 16, you get a separate iCloud Shared Photo library that allows you to share photos with your friends and family. You can add up to five people and organise the photos by person or date. There’s also a new way to add images to the library via a sharing shortcut in the camera app.

Keep Your Health on Track

iPhone’s Health App is set for its own version of Apple Watch’s Fitness app. With the release of iOS 16, the Health App will track your movements and a range of other activities, such as managing your medication. Once you’re on, you can log your meds and schedule reminders to take these at specific times.

If it’s time to upgrade your iPhone so you can fully benefit from the new iOS 16 when it rolls out, check out Mondo for the hottest iPhone deals.

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