iOS 16 features: What we know so far

Now that WWDC 2022 has been officially announced, we’re getting ready for the release of iOS 16. This will mark the next major release of Apple’s software platform for the iPhone, as well as the iPadOS 16 for the iPad. Go below as we summarize all the latest rumors and expectations for iOS 16 this year, including new features, release details and more.

When will iOS 16 be announced?

As a precedent indicates, iOS 16 will be announced at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference. This year, WWDC will take place as a virtual event running from June 6 to June 10. Apple is giving a keynote speech on June 6 to kick off the event, and it is during this keynote that we expect to receive our first look at iOS 16 and iPadOS 16.

After iOS 16 was announced during this WWDC keynote, Apple will release the first beta versions to developers. Developer beta is usually released within a few hours of the keynote closing. Apple will subsequently release a public beta, which all iPhone and iPad users will have access to, usually sometime in July.

iOS 16 supported devices

One of the biggest questions people have every year is whether Apple will drop support for any older iPhone and iPad models. With last year’s release of iOS 15, Apple maintained compatibility with all the devices supported by iOS 14.

This year, an early rumor suggests that iOS 16 could drop support for the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus and the original iPhone SE. For now, this is only a rumor, and it is unclear if it will succeed, but the source of this rumor reported correctly supported devices for iOS 13 and iOS 14.

The iPhone 6s and iPhone SE, which were reportedly dropped, were first released in late 2015 and early 2016, respectively, meaning they will have received more than six years of regular software updates.

No redesign in iOS 16

While some users hoped that iOS 16 would mark the first major redesign in years, it does not look like it will turn into anything. Bloomberg has reported that iOS 16 will not offer an “end-to-end redesign”, meaning the overall design will remain the same again this year.

The last time Apple seriously reviewed the entire iOS was with iOS 7, a redesign that was not without criticism and was reduced massively during the beta testing process. Since then, Apple has made gradual changes to individual applications and aspects of iOS, but we have not seen a complete overhaul in a snap since iOS 7.

New features in iOS 16

Right now, rumors of what to expect from iOS 16 are somewhat vague. Bloomberg has said that iOS 16 will be a “pretty significant” update across the board, despite the lack of a design. One of the focuses this year will apparently be on notifications.

The rumored focus on notifications is interesting because Apple has made several changes to the iOS notification system over the last two years, with the introduction of features like Notification Summary and Focus Modes. However, it seems that Apple is still not happy with the implementation of notifications throughout iOS, and is planning several changes for this year.

other than that Bloomberg has reported that iOS 16 will also include new health tracking features. Apple has made the Health app and its integration with the Apple Watch a focal point for software updates in recent years, and it looks like it will not change this year.

Presumably, new health-oriented features in iOS 16 will also be associated with new health features in watchOS 9. Bloomberg has said that watchOS 9 will also include “major upgrades to activity and health tracking” this year.

It is also rumored that iOS 16 is laying the groundwork for several AR and VR features ahead of the launch of Apple’s first mixed reality headset. However, Apple is not expected to preview this new headset until later this year.

Finally, for iPadOS, the only rumor so far is that Apple is planning a new multi-tasking interface. While Apple made some minor changes to multitasking with the iPadOS 15, it apparently has more tricks up its sleeve for this year.

9to5Mac’s Take

We expect more details on iOS 16 to emerge as we approach WWDC 2022, which launches on June 6th. In the meantime, though, it looks like iOS 16 will be a relatively modest upgrade, with Apple focusing on improvements in quality of life rather than major improvements. visual changes.

Personally, I hope to see Apple renew messages in a way that makes it much clearer and easier to see your latest messages without awkward grouping. I’m also hoping for some updates to the home screen widgets, especially in terms of interactivity, and major updates to the Home app and HomeKit in general.

What do you hope to see in iOS 16? What’s at the top of your wish list? Tell us in the comments!

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