Apple iOS 16 released: new features

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We have good news for Apple users. The much-awaited Apple iOS 16 update is here. It brings with it many exciting new features. Among these features are a redesigned lock screen with widgets, an iMessage unsend and edit feature, new keyboard haptics, a new home app, and numerous other things. With all-new personalization features, deeper intelligence, and seamless communication and sharing options, iOS 16 took a great leap in improving the experience for its users. We will look into all these features in this article in detail.

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The lock screen gets a new look.

The major changes brought by iOS 16 can be seen even without unlocking your screen. That’s right, you can find a lot of new features on your lock screen itself. The update has enhanced the way your locked screen will work.

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Weather, time, date, battery levels, upcoming calendar events, alarms, time zones, and activity ring progress: you have got everything on your lock screen

Widgets on the Lock Screen

Choose to display a set of widgets as part of your lock screen to glance at information like the weather, time, date, battery levels, upcoming calendar events, alarms, time zones, and activity ring progress.

Focus-made lock screens

The IOS 16 update proposes a set of lock screens that are appropriate for the available focus options, such as a photo-or data-rich lock screen while utilizing Personal Focus. You may swipe to the relevant Lock Screen to activate a Focus. For each focus you activate, you may establish limitations in Apple applications like Calendar, Mail, Messages, and Safari. You may, for instance, decide which Tab Groups appear in Safari while you are using the Work Focus. Or you may decide to conceal your work calendar when you are using the Personal Focus. Additionally, you may program a Focus to turn on automatically at a particular time, place, or when using a specific app. Choose the applications and individuals you want to get notifications from when setting up a focus by either permitting them or silencing them.

Lock Screen Gallery

You may select images from your collection to serve as your lock screen, and you can customize each one with a distinctive backdrop, a stylized depiction of the date and time, and information. You also have the option to change your lock screen throughout the day. Simply touch it while holding it, and then swipe.

Suggested photos 

The iOS makes smart recommendations about which photographs from your collection might appear best on the Lock Screen. Moreover, you can choose to have live weather wallpaper which will change as per the weather in your surroundings.  

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Smart recommendations and live weather wallpapers

Lock Screen Editing

Thanks to this fantastic update to iOS 16, it is now simple to change the font, color, or arrangement of things on your lock screen by simply pressing the element.

Stylized Date and Time

You may change how the date and time appear on your lock screen by selecting from a variety of fresh, expressive font styles and color schemes.

Lock screen with a multi-layered effect.

To create a unique multi-layered effect and to make the subject of the photo stand out, the time is dynamically displayed in front of the photo.

Photo shuffle

On your lock screen, a selection of photographs will randomly shuffle. Set the cadence for how frequently a new photo appears on your lock screen, or let iOS thrill and surprise you throughout the day.

Live Activities

With just a quick scan, you may keep up with an ongoing sporting event or the status of your ride or order. With the new developer API, you can view live activities from your favorite third-party apps.

Apple collections

Choose from a set of dynamic, classic, and landscape lock screens created especially for iOS 16. Apple collections include lock screens to celebrate special cultural moments like Pride and Unity.

New notification design

Images and strong text are used in notifications to make them aesthetically appealing. Your notification summary and other notifications now flow in from the bottom of your lock screen, making it simple to see them as they arrive. Choose between an extended list view, a stacking view, or a count view while seeing notifications on the lock screen. To alter the layout in context, a pinch is an option.

Revolutionary additions to messages

After you send a message, you have up to 15 minutes to edit it. The message’s change history will be visible to the recipients. After sending a message, you have up to two minutes to unsend it. Furthermore, mark messages as unread when you don’t have time to respond but want to be sure to reply to the sender later. You can also recover recently deleted messages for up to 30 days after deleting them.

Edit your sent messages

Sharing via Messages

Share synchronized activities with friends while chatting in Messages, including movies, music, games, and more. When someone gives you a movie or article that you don’t have time to watch right away, you can easily discover it the next time you open the app by looking in the “Shared with You” area. When you invite someone to work with you on a project in Messages, they are all immediately added to the document, spreadsheet, or project. Compatible with third-party programs in addition to Files, Keynote, Numbers, Pages, Notes, Reminders, and Safari. You may see activity updates at the top of the messages thread whenever someone makes an edit.

Subclassification of SMS

The Messages filter plugin now further divides business messages into sub-categories like finance, orders, reminders, coupons, and so forth. SMS event recommendations are now supported in Messages. Bookings for events and reminders for appointments will appear as Siri Suggestions.


Before your email reaches the recipient’s inbox, you may quickly and easily unsend it. You can unsend the message within 30 seconds of sending it. Under the Composing setting, choose the duration.

Safari Tab Groups

You can now easily share a group of tabs with your friends or colleagues.. As you collaborate, everyone may add their tabs, and the tab group will quickly change. The dedicated start pages for tab groups can be personalized with a background image and favorite items. Pin tabs to each group to personalize your Tab Groups. This enables the creation of more diverse Safari web extensions.
The Safari web page translation now includes support for Arabic, Dutch, Indonesian, Korean, Polish, Thai, Turkish, and Vietnamese.

Pass-keys: Your iPhone is now more secure than ever

Passkeys can hardly ever be phished since they never leave your device and are unique to the website you made them for. You don’t need to be concerned about website leaks jeopardizing your accounts because your private key is never stored on a web server. When you use your stored passkey to sign in to websites or applications on other devices, even non-Apple devices, by scanning the QR code with your iPhone or iPad and authenticating using Face ID or Touch ID, these passkeys are end-to-end secured and synced across all of your Apple devices.

More interactive and powerful Siri

Hey Siri, what can I do here?
Ask Siri, “Hey Siri, what can I do here?” to learn more about Siri’s capabilities in iOS and applications. By using phrases like “Hey Siri, what can I do with iRobot?” and “Hey Siri, what can I do with iRobot?”, Siri can assist you with an entirely hands-free call ending. Say simply, “Hey Siri, hang up” (participants on the call will hear you). You can enable it in settings.
Without an Internet connection, Siri can handle additional queries like Home Control (HomeKit), Intercom, and Voicemail.
Indian users may now ask Siri in both English and their native tongue to play music, obtain directions, start applications, set alarms and timers, and launch alarms and timers.


People experiencing domestic or intimate partner abuse may swiftly revoke the access they’ve allowed to others thanks to a new area in Settings called “Safety Check.” It also makes it easier for you to control who and which applications have access. Before accessing the pasteboard to paste material from another app, that app must have your authorization.
By default, the hidden and recently deleted albums are locked. You may unlock them by using your iPhone’s Face ID, Touch ID, or passcode.


Now, you have the option to copy the edits you’ve made to one photo and paste them onto another, or a group of photographs. Additionally, you may remove the background from an image to focus on the subject or remove the subject entirely from an image. Among other applications, this works in Photos, Screenshot, Quick Look, and Safari.

You can remove the background or the subject of a photo with a touch

These are the main new features in iOS 16. There are a lot more minor adjustments that you’ll eventually find out about after downloading the OS in the autumn. Some may simply have a marginal effect on how you live your life, while others will have deeper meaning.


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