iOS 16: 10 new features coming this year

Three weeks ago, it came iOS 16 with a customizable lock screen, the ability to edit iMessages, improvements to focus features and more. In the coming months, however, iPhone and iPad users will have the opportunity to try many more new features.

According to Apple, some will be included in iOS 16.1, which is currently in beta. However, some will come later in the year.

Shared iCloud Photo Library‌

iCloud Shared Photo Library will help you share photos with your family members or friends in the Photos app. The feature will allow you and up to five other people to add, edit or remove photos in a shared library accessible through iCloud.

Live Activities για third-party apps

The feature allows iPhone users to watch real-time events, such as a sports game or a food delivery order, directly on the lock screen or Dynamic Island.

Live Activities appear at the bottom of the lock screen on iPhone 13 and earlier models, as well as iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus. On iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, they appear on Dynamic Island when the device is unlocked or on the lock screen when the device is locked or in always-on mode.

When the iOS 16.1 Release Candidate is available, developers will be able to add apps with Live Activities to the App Store.

The feature will also be supported on the Apple TV app for select sports leagues, including MLB for users in the US, Canada, Australia, UK, Brazil, Mexico, Japan and South Korea, along with the NBA and the Premier League for users in the US and Canada.

Emergency SOS via satellite

ios 16, iOS 16: 10 new features coming this year

All four iPhone 14 models have a new satellite SOS emergency feature set to launch in November in the US. and Canada. It is designed to allow phones to connect directly to a satellite, allowing users to send text messages to emergency services when they are out of mobile and Wi-Fi coverage. When it launches in the two aforementioned regions it will be free for the first two years, according to Apple, which means… after that it won’t be.

Apple says that in “ideal conditions with a direct view of the sky and horizon,” a message can take 15 seconds to be sent via satellite, but over a minute when “under trees with light or medium foliage.”

Apple Music Classic

In August 2021, Apple announced the acquisition of classical music service Primephonic. At the time, Apple said it planned to release a dedicated classical music app in 2022 that combined Primephonic’s UI with additional features. This application is being prepared for release but the timing is not clear.

Clean Energy Charging

iOS 16.1 includes a new clean energy charging feature that Apple says “aims to reduce iPhone’s carbon footprint by optimizing charging times for when the grid uses cleaner energy sources.” The feature is only available in the US.

Apple Fitness+ without Apple Watch

Apple Fitness+ will be available to iPhone users without an Apple Watch starting with iOS 16.1, iPadOS 16.1, and tvOS 16.1. Without an Apple Watch, iPhone users won’t see real-time metrics like heart rate and calories burned during a workout.

Launched in December 2020, Apple Fitness+ features a library of over 3,000 workout and meditation videos, with new content added weekly. The subscription-based service is available through the Fitness app on iPhone, iPad and Apple TV in 21 countries, with the U.S. pricing is set at $9.99 per month or $79.99 per year.


ios 16, iOS 16: 10 new features coming this year

Apple says it will release a new digital whiteboard app called Freeform. It’s described as a “flexible canvas” that will give users “the ability to see, share and collaborate all in one place without worrying about page layouts and sizes”, with full support for the Apple Pencil.

Matter Accessories in the Home app

Matter is an upcoming connectivity standard that will allow compatible smart home accessories to work together across multiple platforms, including Apple’s HomeKit, Amazon’s Alexa, and Google Home.

Controlling Matter accessories with the Home app and Siri requires a HomePod, HomePod mini, Apple TV 4K, or Apple TV HD acting as a home hub.

Battery percentage icon for more iPhones

The optional feature extends to iPhone XR, iPhone 11, iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 13 mini.

Stage Manager for more iPad Pros

Last week, Apple announced that iPadOS 16.1 will extend Stage Manager to iPad Pro models with A12X and A12Z chips released in 2018 and 2020.

Stage Manager will not have external display support on older iPad Pro models, limiting the ability to four apps on the built-in display. Apple has also delayed external display support for Stage Manager on iPad Pro and iPad Air models with the M1 chip, and said the feature will be reimplemented in a software update later this year.

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