iOS 16: UK release date, beta details and new features

iOS 16 focuses on the iPhone experience and new ways to customize the look of your phone

When the next version of Apple’s iPhone software launches later this year, users will be able to edit and even recall recently sent messages.

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According to Apple, the iOS update focuses on personalizing the iPhone experience and introducing new options to change the look and performance of the phone.

Here’s everything you need to know about it.

What’s new?

Each year, WWDC is used to preview new software releases that will power Apple’s most popular devices, including the iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad, and Mac computers.

The next edition of Apple’s iPhone software, iOS 16, will also contain a revamped lock screen that users can customize more extensively with different fonts, photo effects and interactive notifications.

This is the most significant visual overhaul to the iPhone operating system since the release of the iPhone X.

The lock screen will also work with the “Focus” tools that were introduced last year with iOS 15, and users can have alternative lock screens depending on their needs – for example, when you’re at work, you can choose a specific collection of widgets.

iOS 16 will also contain an Apple Pay update called Apple Pay Later, which will allow customers to split the amount of an Apple Pay purchase into four installments over six weeks without interest or other fees.

It hopes to compete with services like Klarna and ClearPay – although it’s initially only available in the US. – and Apple is also partnering with e-commerce company Shopify to allow users to track the status of their orders in the Apple Wallet app.

Apple CEO Tim Cook delivers a keynote at WWDC22 (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

A new personal safety feature called Safety Check was also announced, allowing users to review and reset account and data access granted to others, including location sharing, if they leave a relationship. abusive.

Apple also announced a new feature called Passkeys, which will replace entering passwords with authentication using a fingerprint or face scan when signing in to an Apple device.

Other new features include:

  • Dictation has been changed to make it easier to switch from dictation to text editing using the keyboard
  • Users will be able to cut and paste text from a paused movie using Live Text
  • Apple Maps lets users create routes with multiple stops and sync them between iOS and Mac
  • A new “Shared Photo Library” makes it easy for families to organize and share all of their photos taken together in one online library
  • The Fitness app, which was previously only available for Apple Watch users, will now also be available for iPhones, tracking steps and movements
  • You can use your iPhone as a webcam on any Mac computer with “continuity camera”

Can I access the iOS 16 beta?

The first developer beta of iOS 16 was released on June 6, 2022. It is currently only available to those with a paid Apple Developer Account.

The initial developer beta is often buggy and not stable enough for everyday use by average users.

If you want to use your iPhone to get early access to iOS 16 through the beta program, it’s recommended that you wait for the first public beta (expected to be released next month), which is much more stable than the beta of the developer.

Newly redesigned MacBook Air laptops were also unveiled at WWDC22 (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

What devices will it be compatible with?

The new features will be available on many older iPhones, but with iOS 16 Apple stopped supporting iPhone 6s/6s Plus, iPhone SE (first generation), and iPhone 7/7 Plus.

The new iOS is most likely designed to work in tandem with the iPhone 14, which is expected to feature an always-on display.

The list of all iPhones compatible with iOS 16:

When will iOS 16 be released?

A concrete release date for the new iOS has yet to be revealed, but Apple expects it to be available for public release this fall.

What else has been announced?

Apple also unveiled a revised MacBook Air and a new MacBook Pro at the event, both of which will feature the second generation of Apple’s computer chip, the M2, which the company says dramatically increases power and performances.

Tim Cook, Apple’s chief executive, said “the company’s incredible products and innovative platforms will inspire developers to do the best work of their lives.”

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