It’s no secret that Apple is working on a new iPhone version called iPhone 14. And to accompany it, like every year, the Apple manufacturer is preparing a new version of its operating system, iOS 16 Here’s everything there is to know about the Apple-style software experience.
IOS 16 release date
If there is no official release date for iOS 16, you don’t need to be a Nobel Prize winner to say that the new version of the interface should be released alongside the new iPhones, around months September or October 2022.
However, you already have the opportunity to test the interface. Indeed, after three closed betas, a public beta was released on July 11, 2022. It allows any user of a compatible iPhone to install iOS 16 to test it themselves. We explain everything about the procedure to follow in the next part.
How to install iOS 16?
To update your iPhone to iOS 16, you need to visit beta.apple.com. Prefer to connect directly from an iPhone to Safari, you will save time. You will need your Apple account ID and password.
There you just have to follow the instructions.
- Save your data to iTunes or iCloud. To do this, we
- Install profile. To do this, click on the download profile button.
- Once done, you should see a Downloaded Profile button appear at the very top of the Settings menu. Inside, you will be able to click on the Downloaded Profile.
- Now click on install at the top right.
- After a restart, the update to iOS 16 will be offered to you in the Software Update tab.
When iOS 16 is released as a public version, you will of course not need to go through this procedure. All you need to do is install iOS 16 like any update on your iPhone by going to Settings > General > Software Update.
What’s new in iOS 16?
Even if we are far from the swarm of new features offered by iOS 15, iOS 16 still includes some new features, starting with its most significant of course: the ability to customize the lock screen.
Lock screen: iOS is “androidizing”?
The eternal debate between guarantors of iOS and fanatics of Android (if it still exists) very often relates to one and the same subject: the customization capabilities which would be more important on Android. And although it does not matter, Apple has decided to “revolutionize” its lock screen.
It is now possible quite simply to change the style of the clock by applying color filters to it, or even to add rather well thought-out widgets. You can also save several different lock screens depending on the uses and even associate them with a mode of concentration. Very convenient.
Still on the lock screen, note that notifications are now located at the bottom. They should also include small animations for those that will be updated regularly. Apple showed some examples during WWDC 2022, such as the arrival of an Uber or the score of a match that would be updated live.
One of the apps to get the most improvements is iMessage. Within 15 minutes after sending a message, you can now modify it or cancel the sending of the one. Note that up to five modifications are possible.
The only constraint: your interlocutor must also have iOS 16. It is also possible to mark a conversation as unread and thus keep a small bubble next to it.
Photo and video
Last year, Apple introduced the ability to extract text from any image. Now, this is also possible on videos. iOS 16 also suggests the interesting elements that can be extracted from an image such as the number, at the bottom left of the image.
Another fun little addition: you can clip an object in a photo automatically by keeping your finger pressed on it. It can be a person, an animal or even an inanimate object. We have ourselves tested with a boat for example.
Other small interesting additions are worth noting. It is now possible to correct a text written in voice dictation on the fly, without even having to press a button again to restart the dictation.
We can also mention the few improvements made to Maps which will add more detailed maps. Another small comfort point, security updates now take place in the background.
Which iPhones are compatible with iOS 16?
Here is the complete list of iPhones compatible with iOS 16. We note that some devices are no longer supported, such as the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, 6s and 6s Plus or the first generation iPhone SE.
- iPhone 14 (unofficial);
- iPhone 14 Max (unofficial);
- iPhone 14 Pro (unofficial);
- iPhone 14 Pro Max (unofficial);
- iPhone 13 Mini;
- iPhone 13;
- iPhone 13 Pro;
- iPhone 13 Pro Max;
- iPhone 12;
- iPhone 12 mini;
- iPhone 12 Pro;
- iPhone 12 Pro Max;
- iPhone SE (2020);
- iPhone 11;
- iPhone 11 Pro;
- iPhone 11 Pro Max;
- iPhone XS Max;
- iPhone XS;
- iPhone XR;
- iPhone X;
- iPhone 8 Plus;
- iPhone 8;
In short, Apple’s software monitoring remains exemplary compared to the standards that we know on Android. The iPhone 8, for example, dates from September 2017, so we are almost six years away from updating if we take into account the fact that it should continue to receive patches until September 2023.
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