iOS 16

iOS 16 running on an iPhone 12

iOS 16 (codenamed Sydney) is a version of iOS that was released on 12 September 2022. It was first announced at the WWDC keynote on 6 June 2022. It is the first version of iOS not supported on or by iPod touch.

New features and changes[edit | edit source]

Lock screen and notifications[edit | edit source]

  • The new Lock screen is fully customizable in appearance and it can host Widgets.
  • It is possible to change the font and text color for the date and time by tapping on it as if they were widgets.
  • Ability to apply color effects to the entire lock screen.
  • A small widget can be added on the first line next to the date.
  • Other widgets can be added and arranged horizontally on the third row, below the time.
  • It is now possible to create multiple lock screens to be set at any time.
  • It is possible to have a different lock screen based on the status active at that time.
  • Notifications appear from the bottom instead of from above, in order to facilitate the use of the phone with one hand and also to prevent widgets from being covered by notifications.
  • There are special widgets on the lock screen that can show data in real time, allowing the user to follow events continuously without being flooded with separate notifications. They take advantage of the new Real-time Notifications introduced with iOS 16.
  • Focus filters allow apps to show different content based on the active status at that time, for example, Safari can only show opened tabs related to the Work status, etc.

iMessage[edit | edit source]

  • Ability to delete and edit a message already sent within 15 minutes.
  • Ability to mark an entire discussion as unread to read it later.
  • SharePlay is now supported on Messages.
  • Recovered the deleted messages for up to 30 days.
  • Ability to put on top and set a reminder for messages you haven't responded to yet.

Camera and Photos[edit | edit source]

  • Ability to share photos from the user’s library with 5 different contacts. Shared photos can be edited or deleted freely by these contacts.
  • In the Camera app, they can decide if the photo they're about to take is a photo that will be automatically shared, or if it should remain personal.
  • Quick actions are commands available directly on the Live Text. It is possible to make price conversions to another currency or translations on the fly from the recognized text.
  • The Photos app contains a new tool that allows you to detect duplicate photos in albums.
  • Ability to select and capture text in videos.
  • Ability to "lift" subjects out of a photo.

Mail[edit | edit source]

  • Ability to schedule a mail message to be sent later.
  • Ability to cancel a newly sent email within seconds.

Safari[edit | edit source]

  • Shared Tab Groups have been added.
  • Passkey is a new technology that allows the user to authenticate on sites and apps without using passwords. Passkeys are generated by the phone and the permission is granted via Face ID or Touch ID.

Maps[edit | edit source]

  • It is now possible to plan a route that passes between several intermediate stop points (maximum of 15 stops). You can ask Siri to add a new stop point while you are navigating.
  • New MapKit features supporting Look Around and Detailed City Experience.

Wallet[edit | edit source]

  • Now you can use Transit cards on Map as train services.
  • The "Apple Pay Later" was included.
  • The ability to track Apple Pay orders.
  • It is now possible to delete Wallet app.

Home[edit | edit source]

  • Redesigned Home app.
  • Compatibility with Matter devices.

Health and Fitness[edit | edit source]

  • It is possible to add and manage the medicines to be taken during the day.
  • Sleep stages allows the user to monitor the sleep phases detected by the Apple Watch.
  • Fitness features from the Apple Watch can now be used on iPhone.

Privacy and security[edit | edit source]

  • Safety check: helps those in abusive relationships by resetting permissions given to people, apps and devices.
  • New permission requirement before copying from the clipboard.
  • Automatic security updates.

Accessibility[edit | edit source]

  • Live Captions automatically transcribes what is said during a FaceTime call.
  • Control Apple Watch with iPhone.

Keyboard[edit | edit source]

  • During text dictation the keyboard is always present and allows the user to switch from speech to manual typing and vice versa without interruptions. It is also possible to insert emojis through dictation. Auto-Punctuation automatically inserts a dot when there's a pause in the dictation.
  • Haptic feedback has been added to the keyboard.

Miscellaneous[edit | edit source]

  • Access Spotlight directly from the Home Screen with the new button and get quick results.
  • Cross-device connectivity in tvOS 16 for new experiences between Apple TV, Apple Watch, and iPhone.
  • New Collaborations features.
  • The battery percentage indicator was added back to the status bar for the first time since the release of the iPhone X in late 2017.

Builds[edit | edit source]

iOS 16.0[edit | edit source]

iOS 16.0.1[edit | edit source]

iOS 16.0.2[edit | edit source]

iOS 16.1[edit | edit source]