Apple iOS 16 update, features and iOS 16 supported devices full list

Apple iOS 16 update & features

WWDC 2022: During Apple’s annual developer conference, WWDC 2022, the company announced a number of software announcements. iOS 16, will be unveiled at the event.

Improvements to the social components of the Messages program, as well as new wallpaper-related customisations that will allow users to put widgets on their lock screens for the first time, are included in iOS 16. Here’s a rundown of all the new features in iOS 16 and how they’ll effect your experience.

Messages is getting three new features from Apple. The first is the ability to amend previously delivered texts. The second feature allows users to undo a transmitted communication without leaving any trace, similar to WhatsApp. The last addition allows users to label read messages as ‘unread,’ similar to how emails may be marked as such.

Apple iOS 16 features

CarPlay has been updated.

Apple unveiled CarPlay 2, which connects even more deeply with a vehicle’s technology and offers content for several screens integrated within the vehicle, rather than just one.

Users will be able to utilize the new CarPlay to display information like as remaining gasoline, vehicle temperature, and speed on a CarPlay dashboard, which will also allow for gauge customization.

Widgets for locking the screen

With iOS 14, Apple introduced home screen widgets for the first time roughly two years ago. Users may now set backgrounds with integrated widgets on iOS 16 thanks to a new feature. These widgets may then be accessed directly from the lock screen for rapid access to information like as missed calls, text messages, and impending alarms. 

add widgets to the Lock Screen (Image Source: Apple)


Apple customers can now use SharePlay directly from FaceTime and Messages, thanks to iOS 16. SharePlay in Messages now allows users to watch material in perfect sync with other users.

Live Text now has video capabilities, and Visual Look Up has been improved.

Improvements to Live text now allow you to pause a movie at any frame and interact with the text on screen, just like you could with photographs previously. Apple also unveiled a Live Text API for developers, allowing them to implement the same functionality in their apps.

The updated Visual Look Up tool now allows you grab subjects from photos, like as animals and birds, and transform them into stickers that you can drag and drop into applications like Messages.

Dictation has improved

iOS 16 also includes updates to the Dictation function, which allows users to dictate their content in real time rather than typing it. Users may now switch between typing and dictation with ease. Other features include the ability to replace written information with spoken text and more.

New features have been added to Apple Wallet.

The Wallet app on iOS 16 receives a new Pay Later feature that allows Apple Pay customers in the US to split the amount of an Apple Pay transaction into four equal payments that they may make over the following six weeks using a safe and frictionless credit service. There are no fees or interest associated with this function, and customers may check their remaining payments and other information directly from the Wallet app.

For Apple Pay purchases, a new Order Tracking feature allows customers to receive comprehensive receipts and order tracking information immediately in the Wallet app.

iCloud photo library (shared)

The new feature, which requires a separate iCloud library, allows up to five individuals to contribute to a shared library, ensuring that all users participating in, say, a weekend vacation, get access to all of the greatest photos. When taking images with other contributors, photos are instantly transferred to the shared library, allowing users to share sensibly. Shared photographs will also appear in the Memories and Featured Photos sections of each user’s profile.

iCloud Shared Photo (photo source-Apple)

New Mailing-Tools

Users may now plan emails in advance and even stop delivery of a message before it reaches the inbox of a recipient with iOS 16. The Mail app now recognizes important missing parts in emails, such as attachments, and notifies the user.

Apple Maps is a mapping application developed by Apple Inc.

Apple’s revamped Maps app is now available in 11 additional countries. The software has been updated to incorporate sharper, 3D-like graphics as well as a slew of new functions. With Multistop routing, Maps will store up to 15 stops on a route while Siri is able to add additional stops on the fly while driving. Users may now view how much a public transportation fare costs using Transit. For developers, MapKit will allow improved integration for apps with Maps, and a new lookaround feature delivers a 360-degree POV view that users can browse around to obtain an in-depth understanding of a location.

Parental Controls Have Been Improved

Apple is included a slew of new parental control tools that make setting up a new device with parental controls simple, and raising a child’s screen time can now be done without having to go into the settings.

Check for Safety

Safety Check, a new privacy feature in iOS 16, is targeted at assisting victims of domestic abuse and violence. The functionality allows users to terminate relations with an abusive member (such as location sharing and message access). Users may also control who has access to their account.

Which iPhone models will be updated to iOS 16?

All iPhones released after the iPhone 8, including the iPhone 8, will be able to run iOS 16. This covers the iPhone XR and all three iPhone SE models, as well as the top number-series iPhones. Apple will release the first beta of iOS 16 today through the Apple Developer Program, with a stable upgrade due later this year for all compatible devices.

According to Tomsguide iOS 16 supported devices are

iPhone 8 and 8 Plus
iPhone X
iPhone SE (2020)
iPhone XS and XS Max
iPhone XR
iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max
iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, 12 Pro, and 12 Pro Max
iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13, 13 Pro, and 13 Pro Max
iPhone SE (2022)
iPad Pro (all models)
iPad Air (3rd generation and later)
iPad (5th generation and later)
iPad mini (5th generation and later)

The iOS 16 upgrade will not be available for the iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, or the first-generation iPhone SE.

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