10 hidden iOS 16 features you might have missed

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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.

Unread message in iOS 15

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.