Last Tuesday Apple introduced the new iPhone 14, today it’s the turn of iOS 16.
Apple presented the new iPhone 14 last Tuesday. While the pre-orders opened on Friday, it is now the turn of iOS 16. Featured extensively by the Apple brand at the last WWDC, the update was offered as a beta all summer before being publicly available today.
The lock screen and notifications at the heart of iOS 16
Among the major new features announced, there are many changes to the lock screen. The latter is extremely customizable. It is now possible to add widgets on top of the phone. The font could thus be changed at the user’s discretion. It will also be possible to put “Filter” on the background image.
This new lock screen is thus similar to the Apple Watch. After the iPhone 14 Pro arrived with the “always-on” feature, another Apple Connected Watch feature is coming to the iPhone. But this change to the lock screen led to a second, cascading one. These are the notifications that are placed at the bottom of the screen. They therefore take up less space and are more visible to the user.
They’re also saved better and don’t take up all the screen real estate; they are inserted one above the other at the bottom of the screen and can thus be scrolled at the user’s request.
With iOS 16, the iPhone becomes a webcam
During the last edition of WWDC Craig explained Federeghi, big boss of the software part of Apple, that it would be possible for users running iOS 16 to use their iPhone as a webcam.
This goes hand-in-hand with a major update within the FaceTime app. It is now possible to switch the call from one device to another without the latter being interrupted. Once the call is made on a Mac, it is possible to place the iPhone (thanks to a small support) on the back of the to attach MacBook.
Once attached in this way, the iPhone’s rear cameras activate and replace the computer’s webcam. This should allow access to better picture quality when making video calls made from a computer. Today, the webcams on the latest MacBooks are limited to 1080p.
The Concentration application takes up even more space
Apple also took advantage of this update to overhaul its new Concentration service. Launched with iOS 15 as a replacement for the classic Do Not Disturb, Concentration now takes up even more space. For example, it is possible to block certain users when choosing a concentration style. Notifications are filtered more precisely, and applications can be blocked in turn.
ID card and photo crop
While there are many new features with iOS 16, some are more important than others. In particular, the new Apple operating system offers the arrival of the ID card in Apple Wallet. Apple’s secure digital wallet, which can already hold bank cards or airline tickets, can therefore add a French ID card.
The function had already arrived with driver’s licenses in some US states. Finally, the last novelty that we want to tell you about here, the cutting and sending of images through iMessage. While Apple’s instant messaging service is being slammed by critics (due to RCS rejection or iMessage’s monopoly), Apple is multiplying its new features.
As an increasingly serious competitor to the very popular WhatsApp, Apple’s native application is getting an interesting new one Feature. If this is more of a gadget than an essential, iOS 16 should allow users to crop out a face or object in a photo before sending that small selection via iMessage.
Which iPhone is iOS compatible? 16?
Apple has been offering to install iOS 16 since 7 p.m. this Monday, September 12. The update can be found in the General section of iPhone settings. If many iPhones are compatible with the latter, not all are. Below is the list of devices that support the update.
- The four iPhone 14
- iPhone SE (2022)
- the four iPhone 13
- iPhone SE (2020)
- all four iPhone 11
- iPhone XS
- iPhone XS Max iPhone XR
- iPhone X
- iPhone 8 Plus