iOS 16 arrives as a free update in the fall of 2022 alongside the next version of iPhone, with a ton of new features. With so much news, it can be easy to miss some of the subtle yet significant changes the new update will bring, so here are a few highlights.
Landscape mode for Face ID
Apple has said that “supported iPhone models” will be able to use Face ID in landscape mode with the release of iOS 16. This is a feature that has been a long time coming, and currently only works on devices that lack a Home button in landscape mode. portrait.
This means that you will be able to unlock your iPhone while lying on the couch or without craning your neck while in bed. Expect the feature to work on at least iPhone 13 or higher, as Apple wouldn’t be talking about it as an iOS update if the feature was limited to the next iPhone.
Mark messages as unread
Once iOS 16 is installed on your device, you’ll finally be able to mark messages as unread within the Messages app. This is another feature that feels long overdue, as it’s easy to forget about a message you’ve read but intend to reply to at another time.
The feature will work with both standard SMS messages (green bubbles) and iMessages (blue bubbles) sent between Apple devices.
Duplicate detection in photos and contacts
To help get your life in order, iOS 16 will make it easier to remove duplicate contacts and photos so you don’t have to rely on third-party apps like Remo. Duplicate contacts will appear under the “Duplicates Found” heading at the top of your Contacts list, while Photos will create a Duplicates album at the bottom of your album list near the “Hidden” and “Recently Deleted” albums.
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Reveal Wi-Fi passwords in settings
iOS lets you share Wi-Fi logins with your other devices, syncing passwords through iCloud so that once you’re signed in on your iPhone, both your iPad and Mac connect automatically. This functionality is very useful, but it’s not a replacement for the ability to expose a password so you can share it with a friend or a non-Apple device.
In iOS 16, we can see Wi-Fi passwords now!
Just tap the password -> it will scan your face -> the password will be displayed pic.twitter.com/2Z3aG3RmU9
– Alvin (@sondesix) June 6, 2022
Apple’s upcoming iOS 16 release addresses this right on the Wi-Fi settings page. Tap the “i” next to a network, authenticate with Face ID, Touch ID, or your passcode, then tap the “Password” field to reveal it. You can also copy it to the clipboard, perfect for sharing in a message.
More powerful smart folders for notes
Apple Notes is going from strength to strength, with Apple adding features like convenient collaboration, tags for organization, and full support for shortcuts. Apple also introduced Smart Folders, which work much like they do in macOS and apps like Apple Mail, by creating “smart” collections of notes, regardless of what top-level folders they’re stored in.
Previously, tags were the only criteria you could use for this. In iOS 16, Smart Folders in Notes get a lot smarter with a wide range of criteria to choose from. You can now create smart folders based on tags, date created, date edited, who the note is shared with, mentions within the note, whether the note has a checklist, attachments within the note, folders in which the note appears, if the note is a sticky note, if the note is pinned, and if the note is locked.
For advanced users, this update is one more reason to switch to Apple Notes.
Lists pinned to reminders
Apple Reminders is another powerful tool that iPhone users get for free. It works best if you use it comprehensively, to organize all your to-dos, from work and school assignments to shopping lists and vacation checklists. That way you can integrate it with Shortcuts, add items using Siri, and know exactly where everything from groceries to unwatched movies can be found.
The only problem with this approach is that lists can quickly take over your life and it can be difficult to find the ones you use most often. In iOS 16, you’ll be able to pin reminders to the top of the list, just like in Apple Notes, to make it easy to keep track of everything from everyday things to specialized interests.
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Diable Memories in Photos
Apple Photos displays collections of photos from your library as keepsakes, often to celebrate days in specific places, seasonal events, or themes like pets. These appear seemingly randomly, giving little control over what’s shown, aside from the option to “Reset Suggested Memories” or “Reset People Suggestions” (whatever that means), aside from hiding holiday events.
But not everyone wants memories to resurface, especially if some of those memories are painful to recall for whatever reason. In iOS 16, you can finally disable the option entirely in the Photos section in the Settings app.
Translate text using your camera
Did you know that your iPhone has a translation app? It is included with your device and allows you to translate conversations using your microphone and by typing or pasting text directly into the app. If you can’t find the app, you may have deleted it, but you can easily reinstall it from the App Store.
In iOS 16, translation capabilities come to your standard camera app. This is possible using the live text feature that is already built into iOS 15.
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Lock your recently deleted and hidden albums
Hiding photos in iOS 15 and earlier was always possible, but the feature was far from foolproof. You would need to hide your hidden album to ensure any form of privacy, and even then an intruder can easily reveal it on an unlocked iPhone. iOS 16 changes this, with the ability to lock both hidden and recently deleted albums, requiring Face ID, Touch ID, or password authentication to gain access.
Get haptic feedback on the Apple keyboard
Some third-party keyboards already support haptic feedback while typing, offering a thud with each keypress to make typing a little more satisfying. iOS 16 adds an option in Settings > Sound & Haptics > Keyboard Feedback called “Haptic” that you can turn on for a more tactile typing experience.
Do you want to try the feature in iOS 15 right now? Download Gboard (pictured above) and turn on “Haptic feedback on key press” in the Settings menu.
Will your iPhone get iOS 16?
Apple is removing support for some older iPhones running iOS 16. That means not all iOS 15 compatible devices will get the update. Find out if your iPhone is compatible with iOS 16.
For everything else, check out all the other new features coming to iPhone when the update arrives in the fall.
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