It’s that time of year again when your iPhone receives an upgrade, bringing with it a host of new capabilities to experiment with. Apple’s iOS 16 is now ready for download for iPhone 8 and later customers.

Apple’s iOS 16, which was initially revealed at Apple’s WWDC conference in the spring, has gone through multiple beta versions before its public release alongside the iPhone 14. It includes a plethora of new features and enhancements aimed at improving how your iPhone functions. This features a more configurable lock screen, the ability to modify outgoing messages, and a photo editing tool that works like magic. In addition, the battery percentage has been restored.

iOS 16 Features

A gallery of screen layout options and the ability to add widgets like the weather, live sports scores, or upcoming calendar events are among the new lock screen capabilities. Users may now change the typefaces and combine their background photos with the time and date display. When switching between lock screens, you may change what notifications appear under the focus settings.

You may modify anything you send in Messages up to 15 minutes after sending it, with a maximum of five revisions permitted. If you genuinely don’t mean what you said, you can cancel the message if you act within two minutes. You may also mark a message as “unread” if you wish to return to it later.

Battery percentage was included as a feature in iOS 16, and when enabled, it displayed the percentage number directly on top of the battery indicator in the status bar. Except for the iPhone XR, iPhone 11, iPhone 12 mini, and iPhone 13 mini, it was added to all iPhones with Face ID.

If you wish to start a group project, you may use iMessage to send a message to a group, and each recipient will be added to the document or spreadsheet you want to share. The functionality will be compatible with Apple’s Files, Keynote, Numbers, Pages, Notes, Reminders, and Safari applications, as well as third-party apps. When someone makes a modification, for example, to a Pages document, an update will be put at the top of the Messages thread.

A new simplified Focus setting allows you to choose which applications and individuals you wish to receive alerts from simply permitting or silencing them. Connect your Lock Screen to your Focus so that the appearance and feel of your iPhone correspond to how you intend to use it at the time. You may switch from your Personal Focus to your Work Focus with a swipe, with widgets displaying future meetings and to-do lists.

Other Key Features include:

  • Lift subject from the background isolates the subject of an image through Visual Look Up. The subject may be copied and pasted into applications such as Mail and Messages (iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR and later).
  • Live Text video support allows you to interact with text in a paused video frame.
  • Shared Tab Groups in Safari let you share a set of tabs with others.
  • Scheduled send for sending an email on a specific day and time.
  • The all-new Dictation experience allows you to use your voice and keyboard simultaneously.

How to Install iOS 16?

  • Open Settings.
  • Tap General.
  • Tap Software Update.
  • You’ll see the update available there, follow the instructions to install it.

The sheer volume and diversity of issues being reported in iOS 16 make it something I would recommend avoiding, for the time being. Although security upgrades are necessary, iOS 15.7, which appears to be much more reliable, may be used to apply them.

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