All those owners of an iPhone 8, or a more recent model, will be able to update to iOS 16. However, if you have any of the devices compatible with iOS 16, it is not equivalent to being able to enjoy all its functions.
Much of the improvements have been relegated to the iPhone XS and later models. Now, it is not a strange practice, since from previous versions of the operating system we have seen how older models are left out of support. In fact, iOS 15 no longer works on iPhone 6
However, it has been with iOS 16 that Apple has further sectorized the features that will reach each terminal. Do you want to know which ones yours can withstand?
Specifically, Apple has divided the features of iOS 16 into various compatibility sections. The main improvements will come to all models from the iPhone 8. Others, however, will require an A12 Bionic processor, from now on (as is the case with the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR). The iPhone 11 and 11 Pro receive another batch of features. While, lastly, we have the iPhone 13 and 13 Pro with the most exclusive features.
Which of these features will your current iPhone support? Here, of course, we will detail all of them.
If you have an iPhone XS, XS Max, or XR
In case you own any of these three devices, Apple has been pretty clear about the features you can take advantage of in iOS 16.
- Live text on videos. The Live Text feature, which allows you to select text from an image, will now also be able to do so with a specific frame in a video. All the other features that accompany this function, such as Query, copy or translate, will also be available in these terminals.
- More languages are added to Live Text. It is now able to recognize Japanese, Korean and Ukrainian.
- Quick Actions with Live Text. You will not only be able to translate and copy the copied text with this function. Now it also allows you to track flights and shipments from the assigned code; as well as convert money to other currencies.
- Improved dictation to text. One of the central points of iOS 16 has been its improvement in terms of the speech to text function. Now, you can make much smoother transitions between dictation and the iPhone keyboard. You’ll be able to use features to move the cursor, insert text suggestions, tap on a new text field, and much more. All this without having to stop the recording, as it had been until now.
- New features for Siri. When you’re using a new app, you can ask your iPhone “Hey Siri, what can I do here?” while you’re in it. If you’re not in the app, you can ask a more specific question, like “Hey Siri, what can I do in iMovie?”
- astronomical wallpapers. With the arrival of the second beta of iOS 16, Apple has already released its astronomical wallpapers for devices that use the A12 chip. With the first version of the beta only those with an A13 chip were compatible.
- Keep track of your medications. Your iPhone’s camera is now able to detect boxes and drug names. With iOS 16 you can save your usual medicines, their names, doses and how to supply them in the database.
- Siri dictation improvements. Now when you ask Siri to compose a message, you can ask her to insert emojis into them. To do this, you just have to say the name of the emoticon and Siri will proceed to insert it into the text.
- Spotlight gets a facelift. The iPhone’s Spotlight browser will now work much better. With iOS 16 you can ask it to look up information from images saved in Messages, Notes and Files. In addition, you can also search for places, people, scenes, animals, and much more.
- auto crop. If you want to separate a subject from the background, be it animal, human or a thing, you can do so by holding down on it. This feature is available in various apps and features, including Photos, Safari, screenshots, and more.
- Increased item recognition. Visual Look Up, which debuted in iOS 15, will now let you recognize insects, birds, statues, plants, and more.
If you have an iPhone 11 or 11 Pro
On slightly newer devices like the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, or 11 Pro Max, iOS 16 has a unique feature. In addition, also can be used on later models.
- It’s about the Live Captions. With this feature you can generate live subtitles, so you can follow conversations more easily. It is especially useful for people who have disabilities or hearing problems.
If you have an iPhone 13 or 13 Pro
The latest Apple models, the iPhone 13/13 mini and 13 Pro/13 Pro Max, also receive exclusive improvements with iOS 16.
- Improvement in the quality of Cinema Mode. That’s how it is. The famous Cinema Mode is now able to detect some angles, sections around hair and glasses. Until now, this feature had some trouble detecting these areas, inadvertently blurring them out on a lot of occasions.
- Portrait Mode Improvements. As in Cinema Mode, Portrait Mode will receive the same improvements. Now allows you to blur foreground objects. This will allow iOS 16 to offer a more realistic effect in Portrait photos on iPhone 13 and 13 Pro.