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iOS 16 is Apple’s next iPhone operating system. Coming this fall, it will introduce a customizable lock screen, improved photo library sharing, the ability to edit and unsend texts, and more.

When will iOS 16 be released?

A long history of iOS updates clearly shows that a brand new version arrives every year. This trend continued this year when iOS 16 was released in June at WWDC 2022.

Although the update is not yet available for public download, we know that it is almost here. For several years now, Apple has delivered a major new software update for the iPhone in September, and that timeline will continue this year.

If your phone is compatible with iOS 16 (the list of supported devices is below), you will have the option to install it when it becomes available. The easiest way is to get the iOS update over-the-air.

Estimated release date

After iOS 15 dropped on September 20, 2021, we expect iOS 16 (and iPadOS 16) to arrive again in late September 2022.

iOS 16 features

Here are some of the most notable changes coming to iOS 16:

  • Calendars and focus filters: A Focus can activate automatically depending on the situation, such as when you are in a specific location or application. For example, some Safari tabs may open when you’re in work mode.
  • Lock screen customization: Not only can you customize the iOS 16 lock screen to do things like adjust the font and position of elements, but you can also include widgets and live activities and tie the lock screen to a focus. If you create multiple lock screens, you can switch between them at any time.
  • iCloud Shared Photo Library: iCloud Photo sharing and viewing gets an upgrade with smart setup rules and suggestions, collaboration, and home screen widgets.
  • Modify and cancel the sending of SMS: Many other messaging apps support unsending, and now it’s coming to iMessage. You can even edit a message after sending it. You’ll have 15 minutes to do either (or 10 seconds if you unsend an email).
  • Shared tab groups: Share Safari tab groups with friends and even collaborate with them in real time when people close and open tabs.
  • Live Text: Easily capture text from paused videos or images and instantly interact with, for example, track posts or translate text.
  • Siri changes: In iOS 16, Siri can handle more offline requests, hang up for you on FaceTime calls, and send messages without requiring confirmation.
  • Accessibility improvements: Magnifier mode can identify people and doors to read signs or labels; you can fully control the Apple Watch from the iPhone; and automatic live captions arrive for audio, video, and chat, including FaceTime video calls.
  • Health app tracking: Make a list of all the medications you take to keep track of them on your phone, and record yourself when you take them for a complete picture of your consistency. You will also see if there are any concerns about drug interactions.
  • Security controle: The Settings app introduces this new feature to help you in very specific situations where you need to quickly reset the access you have granted to other people.
  • SharePlay via Messages: Share music, games, movies and more with your contacts directly in Messages.

Check out Apple’s iOS 16 preview page to learn more about the evolution of Mail, Safari, Maps, Home, FaceTime, Apple Pay, Apple Watch, iCloud, and more.


iOS 16 Supported Devices

If your phone can run iOS 15, it will also work with iOS 16, with iPhone SE 1st gen, iPhone 6S, and iPhone 7 being the exceptions.

In addition to the soon-to-be-released iPhone 14, the following devices are compatible with iOS 16:

  • iPhone Pro Max (11 and newer)
  • iPhone Pro (11 and newer)
  • iPhone (11 and newer)
  • iPhone mini (12 and newer)
  • iPhone SE (2nd generation and newer)
  • iPhone X and XR
  • iPhone XS and XS Max
  • iPhone 8 and 8 Plus

The latest news on iOS 16

You can get more information about smartphones from Lifewire. Here are some of the latest iOS 16 stories and rumors:

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