- iOS 16 adds some amazing lock screen customizations.
- It also promises to remove passwords forever.
- Not all new iOS 16 features will be available at launch.
iOS 16 is already available for iPhone, and if you haven’t already, you should do so now.
In addition to important security fixes, iOS 16 brings a slew of great new features, some of which will make your iPhone look better and others that will make it easier to use. However, not everything is available. Due to Apple’s staggered release schedule, iPadOS 16 and macOS Ventura won’t arrive until next month. That means one of the best new features of the year has been delayed until at least that time. But as we’ll see, there are many more sources.
“Features that most people will appreciate are the customizable lock screen and lock screen widgets, especially if they upgrade to the iPhone 14 Pro, which has an always-on display to take advantage of these features,” Josh Centerauthor of the book Mastering iOS 16 and iPadOS 16, told Lifewire via email. “However, the single best feature is the password, which requires no passwords and will make app and website logins easier and more secure.”
custom lock screen
This is the most obvious new feature in iOS 16, as it allows you to customize the clock text on the lock screen and add widgets that can launch apps and/or provide contextual information. For those buying a new iPhone 14 Pro this year, these widgets work really well with the model’s always-on display, allowing you to browse the screen at any time.
Features that most people will love are the customizable lock screen and lock screen widgets, especially if they upgrade to the iPhone 14 Pro…
Apple has built a brand new app to customize the lock screen, which you can access by pressing and holding on the lock screen – just like on the Apple Watch. You can also set up multiple lock screens with your own widgets and wallpapers, and switch between them manually or automatically based on time, location, and more.
Passcodes may not seem like the most exciting feature in iOS 16, but it’s definitely the most important. Essentially, it allows you to forget your password. Instead, you just use your phone to authenticate. The system relies on tried-and-true public-key encryption, so it doesn’t matter if the website gets hacked. Hackers can’t get anything.
To log in, you just need to have one of your devices ready. simple.
Email and Messages
Both iPhone messaging apps have some great new features. Mail can now schedule emails to be sent later at a time of your choosing, and undo emails that have already been sent if you capture them quickly. You can also tell the Mail app to remind you of a future email, turning it into a lightweight task manager app.
Messages can also be undone sent, as well as the ability to edit messages after delivery. You can view edit history, so people can’t use that feature to serve you. Messages still doesn’t come close to rivals like WhatsApp and Telegram in terms of features, especially for group chats, but it’s slowly improving.
dog extraction mode
This one is wild and you will love it. Tap, hold and drag a photo of a person, animal, flower or object in the Photos app and your iPhone will magically pick up the subject and remove it from the background as you drag.
Then just drag it to any waiting document or application to use it. These algorithms do a very good job of clean extraction. It’s not just for the Photos app either. For example, click and hold on an image in Safari and one of the popup menu options is Copy Theme, which does the same and copies it to the clipboard, ready to paste.
But wait, there’s more
As mentioned above, we still have to wait to get some of the best features of iOS 16. For example, iCloud Shared Photo Library lets you create new albums to share with your family, and looks like a real hit with iOS 16.
“While some features were delayed (like sharing the photo library), I wasn’t too disappointed as I prefer stability over earlier usability,” Sergey PopovSoftware Engineer at MacPaw’s Settings apptold Lifewire via email.
Another feature that has been delayed is Live Activity, a lockscreen widget that updates in real time to show delivery progress, athletic performance, and more. A possible explanation for the delay is that the tools needed to build live events have not yet been made available to developers.
But really, the only thing we might care about is the new lock screen customization, because it’s awesome and fun. After that, anything else is just a bonus.
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