There’s a massive update coming to millions of iPhones tomorrow with Apple confirming that iOS 16 will be available on devices worldwide. This all-new operating system brings some of the biggest changes in years, with users getting a new lock screen, improved messaging, and more comprehensive health features. You can check out all of these updates below, but before you can download iOS 16, you need to make sure your device is compatible.
For the first time in years, Apple is removing some older iPhones from annual updates with a total of five devices not having access to iOS 16. This is likely because the iOS 16 requirements are too high for the older processors that power them. devices.
Unfortunately, if you have an original iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7, or iPhone 7 Plus, you’re out of luck and need to upgrade to something newer to get the latest changes.
Anyone with a newer device in their pocket should make sure their phone is fully charged and close to Wi-Fi around 6pm BST. This is usually when Apple releases its iOS updates and we don’t expect 2022 to be any different.
To check if your device is ready to upgrade to iOS 16, simply head to Settings > General > Software Updates.
Apple’s main iOS downloads tend to be large files, so be prepared for a short wait before the installation process completes.
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Once everything is updated, here are some of the features that will be available starting tomorrow night.
NEW iOS 16 FEATURES
The main change coming this year is a completely refreshed look of the lock screen. Apple has totally revamped things to make them more customizable with users able to change colors, fonts, and styles. It’s also possible to easily add widgets to the lock screen so you can check the local weather or see the latest football scores without ever unlocking the device.
Sure, most of us have a family photo as our wallpaper, but to make things more interesting, Apple added the option to automatically shuffle favorite snaps from the library onto the device so you get a different look at night than when you wake up.
It’s not just about the lock screen, as Apple is also bringing improved messaging to iOS 16, with users now able to edit texts after they’ve been sent.
This means that any embarrassing typos can be quickly edited, with users given 15 minutes to make changes.
In addition to full editing, there will also be the option to undo a sent message and completely redial it.
The Fitness app has also been updated and can now be used even if you don’t have an Apple Watch with iPhone motion sensors, estimating steps, distance and calories burned.
Another useful health benefit of phones is the ability to track medications. With iOS 16, you can add any tablets you take to the Health app with reminders that then appear when they need to be taken.