For which devices, what can it do?: Apple will distribute iOS 16 from September 12th

It's out now, iOS 16 will be available from September 12th.

For which devices, what can it do?: Apple will distribute iOS 16 from September 12th

It's out now, iOS 16 will be available from September 12th. ntv.de explains the most important innovations and lists which iPhones will receive the update.

During the presentation of the new iPhone 14 series, Apple also announced that iOS 16 will be distributed from September 12th. Users will not notice any spectacular changes. The focus is on the lock screen, which will be spiced up with widgets, among other things, and which will in future display notifications at the bottom. Not all iPhones will get the update, the oldest devices still being updated are the iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.

The most noticeable new features concern the lock screen, which becomes much more useful even without the "dynamic island" of the iPhone 14 Pro devices. Users can now add widgets to it to get important information. This includes weather, calendar events, date, time zones, alarm clock, battery status or the progress of activity rings.

To use the feature, just long-tap on the lock screen. After that you can customize the existing one or add a new one. If you tap on the plus sign, you will see various background and motif suggestions that you can accept and then replace the existing ones with your own widgets. But there is also the option of completely customizing a lock screen. If you have created several, you can switch through them by swiping sideways.

A so-called multilayer effect allows motifs from background photos to be displayed in front of the clock, creating a depth effect. Users can customize the date and time with different text styles and colors.

Own lock screens can also be set up for the focus function under iOS 16. It allows users to only display certain messages depending on the situation. To activate a focus, simply swipe to the relevant background.

The new feature called Live Activities is particularly interesting, although Apple will only add it after the update later in the year. Widgets on the lock screen show, for example, the score of a football game in real time or how far away a taxi is called or the pizza ordered.

iOS 16 displays notifications sequentially from bottom to top. Apple expects more clarity from this.

In the future, up to six users can share an iCloud photo library to which they can add and edit images and videos. A toggle in the Photos app allows photos to be sent there automatically.

The messaging app has an important function to avoid misunderstandings: users can edit or recall sent texts for 15 minutes. You can recover deleted messages within 30 days. Conversations can be marked as unread to deal with later.

Users also have "a moment" to revoke messages sent in Mail before exiting the outbox. They can also schedule emails to be sent in advance. Machine learning enables the app to independently recognize when important parts such as a subject have been forgotten. It also reminds you if you have not yet received a reply to a message. The search should work much better in Mail than before.

Machine learning is also responsible for the fact that iOS 16 can recognize and read text not only in images but also in videos. In addition, the iPhone will in future register motifs in the foreground and offer them to be cut out, for example to be inserted into a message. If this is possible, the option such as additional information for sights is offered by an i symbol.

With iOS 16, CarPlay is more deeply integrated into car hardware and makes content available for multiple screens. In the future, drivers will be able to control the radio or the air conditioning, among other things. With the vehicle data, CarPlay brings speed, fuel level, temperature and more to the instrument display, widgets are also supported. However, the first compatible vehicles should not be available before the end of 2023.

In the Safari browser on iOS 16 there are shared tab groups to share website collections. Passwords can be replaced with "Passkey", creating unique digital keys that remain on the device, making them inaccessible to hackers. Touch ID or Face ID are used for biometric verification, and iCloud keychain for synchronization on other Apple devices.

In the future, Apple Maps will allow users to plan routes with up to 15 stops and automatically sync them between Mac and iPhone. In addition, the integration of connection information for local public transport will be improved. Among other things, it is possible to add bus or train tickets directly to the app.

If you use the dictation function under iOS 16, you can make manual entries at the same time. In addition, the dictation function can automatically insert punctuation marks and emojis.

If you don't have an Apple Watch, you can still use the fitness app to set goals and track your progress toward them. iOS 16 uses the motion sensors of the iPhone for this.

Parents can more easily set up child accounts with the right backups in Family Sharing. They can allow or deny requests for more screen time directly in the Messages app.

With the new "Safety Check" users can quickly revoke all access to the device that they have granted to other people.

In future, the accessibility features will include door recognition that will help users with impaired vision to walk the last few meters to their destination with their iPhone. Automatic live subtitles support users with impaired hearing during phone calls, Facetime chats, video conferences or in social network apps.

The Home app will soon also support the Matter Smart Home connection standard, patients can manage their medication in the Health app, the Game Center has a new dashboard and 3D audio can be personalized with the true-depth camera.

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