Don’t even hope. These iOS 16 features still don’t work in Russia

On September 12 at 20:00 Moscow time, the official release of iOS 16 took place. From that moment on, all owners of supported devices began to receive an update that gives access to a host of various innovations from a new lock screen to support Russian in Live Text. At the same time, many functions were not available for Russia, and therefore the question arose again in my head, should i upgrade to ios 16. To answer it, take a look at the features of the latest firmware that will definitely bypass your iPhone.

Many features will not be available in Russia

Tap to Pay — terminal in phones

Owners Apple iPhone from USA can appreciate Tap to Pay, a feature that turns a smartphone into a payment terminal. If earlier the user could only pay for the goods in the store, now the mobile device itself has become a means of accepting payments.

Tap to Pay is very useful, but not in Russia

The restriction affected not only Russia. Tap to Pay does not work in any country in the world except for the USA. But even in the States, support for the function is declared only for 9 providers: Shopify, Square, GoDaddy and others. Well, at least it’s not as offensive as in the case of others. iOS 16 features.

Apple Pay – buy in installments

But the lack of Apple Pay Later can make you jealous of people living in other countries. Because wherever Apple Pay works, an American company allows you to buy goods in installments without commission. And it can be any purchase, not just iPhone or AirPods. Pay Later integrates into all applications with built-in transactions that support Apple’s payment service.

And here we are again in flight

As part of the work Apple features as if paying for the goods for you, offering to pay off the debt to it within 6 weeks from the date of purchase. In order to take advantage of the innovation, on the payment screen, you need to open the “Pay Later” tab, select the installment format and confirm the transaction. However, Apple Pay has not been working in Russia since March 2022. Therefore, this innovation of the service will definitely become useless for you.

Wallet on iPhone

A large number of iOS 16 innovations touched the application “Wallet”. For obvious reasons, they will not be available in Russia. Here are a few more options that we have lost:

  • adding driver’s licenses;
  • acceptance of digital documents by the US Transportation Security Administration;
  • providing a digital document to applications requiring age verification;
  • adding transport cards for travel in public transport;
  • exchanging keys added to the Wallet via instant messengers;
  • support for Apple Pay in third-party browsers;
  • tracking the delivery of online purchases.

Agree, some of these options could be very useful. But, alas, you can evaluate them only on a trip abroad.

Information about medicines

Information about drugs will have to be searched the old fashioned way

In iOS 16, the Health app has been significantly updated, where the Medicines section has been added. Here you can set a schedule for taking pills, which we recently talked about. But the feature that allows you to scan the package of a drug to get detailed information about them and automatically upload information to Health is only available in the United States. We, the Russians, are not alone in this case either, since residents of other countries will also not be able to use scanning, but it’s still a little insulting.

Transport fare payment

In addition to “Health” updated “Maps”. Back in iOS 15 appeared 3D card models for 10 countries of the world. With the arrival of iOS 16, the application will get a 3D city view mode for 11 more countries, including France, Belgium and Switzerland. Is it worth clarifying that the map of Russia has not yet been worked out to the required extent?

The main deprivation of Russian users is the inability to get acquainted with the iOS 16 Maps features in the field of building a travel route by public transport. In the US, there is an option to view the fare and pay instantly without leaving the navigation application. Wildly convenient, but again past us.

Sports news for today

Watching sports news from Apple won’t help us either.

It’s not the first year there Apple News+ service, which allows iPhone owners to read news and magazines. In iOS 16 was added My Sports tab, fully focused on sporting events. Presented here:

  • news;
  • match schedule;
  • tournament tables;
  • highlights.

This section is only available in the US, Canada, UK and Australia. As for Russia, Apple News + does not work for us even in the basic version. What can we say about My Sports. Also, we won’t be able to evaluate Friday’s MLB broadcasts. But are any of you really interested in baseball?

Banking apps on iOS 16

Let’s be honest, none of the considered chips will make you refuse updates to iOS 16. But what if, after installing the update, the applications of sanctioned banks stop working on your smartphone? Now this is really embarrassing.

If you update to iOS 16, you will lose access to Alpha Business Online. It is possible that mobile clients of sub-sanctioned banks and other applications removed from the App Store will disappear. We have already warned you about this. Unfortunately, there is no way to remove such restrictions yet, and therefore you will find yourself with a new lockscreen, but without vital programs.


Source: AppleInsider.ru — крупнейший сайт о iPhone, iPad, Mac в России by appleinsider.ru.

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