6 Best New iOS 16 Features from WWDC 2022 – MUO – MakeUseOf | Hot Mobile Press

Apple finally unveiled the next major iteration of iOS at its annual WWDC event. Although WWDC22 was an online-only event like last year, Apple has not disappointed with its software releases.

The iOS 16 software update promises a host of incremental improvements for iPhone when it comes out this fall. We could talk about iOS 16 all day, but here we focus on the most notable iOS 16 features to look forward to.


1. A brand new lock screen

Once you update your iPhone to iOS 16, you will notice the changes as soon as you unlock the screen. The iOS lock screen was one of the first announcements of WWDC 2022, as it’s getting a major visual overhaul with plenty of personalization options, from customizable font styles to a variety of widgets.

With all this personalization, Apple makes it easy to create multiple lock screens so you can easily switch between them at any time. The lock screen includes a new gallery of pre-made wallpapers ready to use, with unique fonts and widgets.


Apple has also made changes to how your notifications appear on this new lock screen. Instead of appearing as a list blocking your wallpaper, notifications now appear at the bottom of the lock screen, which you can hide if you prefer.

2. Live Activities

Think of this as an extension of iOS 16’s lock screen overhaul. Live Activity comes in handy when you want to stay up to date with real-time events without having to unlock your phone and open a specific app. It integrates with apps to deliver content directly to the lock screen without overwhelming you with notifications, whether it’s playing a sports game, taking a cab ride, or tracking grocery deliveries.

3. Quality-of-Life Upgrades for iMessage

Apple’s Stock Messages app, which houses its iMessage service, is getting some much-needed changes that users have been asking for for years. You can now edit a message you’ve already sent to correct all your typos, and even undo a message you accidentally sent to the wrong contact or said the wrong thing. You can also mark an opened message as unread to remind yourself to come back to it later when you’re not busy.

Alongside these improvements, Apple also added SharePlay to the Messages app, so you don’t have to be on a FaceTime call to watch movies or listen to music together. Now you can text your friends while the content you’re watching stays synced on screen.

4. A shared iCloud photo library

Sharing family photos just got a lot easier with iOS 16 thanks to the introduction of a separate iCloud Photo Library that you can share with up to five family members. You can either manually add images to this shared photo library or contribute with smart features like photo editing. Like a toggle in the Camera app, Bluetooth proximity, and sharing suggestions in the For You section.

5. A redesigned Home app

If you’re using HomeKit for your smart home setup, you’ll be happy to know that the Home app is getting a whole new look with iOS 16. All your smart home accessories are now neatly organized into different rooms with new climate categories , lights, security, speakers and TVs and water. And if you have cameras in and around your smart home, the app displays up to four camera views at once right in the center of the Home tab.


Thanks to widget integration, you can access your favorite smart home accessories or check the status of your smart home without leaving the new iOS 16 lock screen.

6. Next-gen CarPlay

With larger screens appearing in more and more cars lately, especially electric vehicles, Apple has decided to overhaul the in-car experience and reinvent CarPlay. Apple says CarPlay will now integrate deeply into a car’s hardware and even display content for multiple in-vehicle screens.

Apple’s CarPlay feature will be able to fully digitize your instrument cluster with customizable watch faces, layouts, themes and more. You can even control your car’s radio and adjust the cooling temperature with CarPlay, meaning cars with this next-gen standard can ditch physical buttons for an all-digital interface.

If these iOS 16 changes sound exciting to you, make sure you read up on all the smaller changes coming for iOS 16 as well.

Apple continues to refine iOS with iOS 16

Aside from the lock screen redesign, iOS 16 appears to be more of an incremental update than a visual overhaul, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Apple has made some quality of life improvements to iOS that most users will really appreciate.

Apple’s iOS 16 software update is slated for a fall 2022 release, with the developer beta rolling out immediately and a public beta coming in July. However, you shouldn’t be too hasty in installing this beta build unless you know what you’re doing.

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