Apple iOS 16: These 5 glorious iPhone updates can’t come soon enough – Forbes | Hot Mobile Press

Apple iOS 16 will be released to everyone in the fall and is currently only in the hands of developers. But Apple has said the public beta software will be available in July, so we’re hoping it’s sooner rather than later because it’s pretty cool.

What exactly is so exciting? Continue reading.

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1. Lockdown mode

This is something that was introduced in the third developer beta (and if the public beta is coming soon, I hope, it might look similar). It’s not for everyone — at least, we hope it isn’t — but it’s a constant reminder that Apple takes security more seriously than anyone else.

Lockdown mode is billed as an extreme security feature that Apple just unveiled in a newsroom post. It was designed “to protect users from highly targeted mercenary spyware.” Apple unveiled this groundbreaking change as “the first major feature of its kind…an extreme, optional protection for the very small number of users who face serious, targeted threats to their digital security.” Apple notes that it was developed in response to companies like NSO Group, creators of the “Pegasus” spyware, against which Apple filed a lawsuit last year.

When you turn on lockdown mode, the functionality of the iPhone will be significantly reduced, blocking most message attachments and disabling link previews, for example. Incoming FaceTime calls go through only after you’ve sent a call or request. Cable connections to a computer or accessory are blocked when iPhone is locked. There’s a lot more to lockdown mode that drastically reduces the functionality of the iPhone. It will also be available for iPad and Mac.

2. Clownfish: There is good news and bad news

When the iPhone was first introduced in 2007, the wallpaper on the phone’s screen was a photo of two clownfish swimming among anemones. It never made it onto an iPhone as a wallpaper. Until now.

The photo looks similar to the one Steve Jobs showed us, but is slightly different and, being iOS 16, works in a different way, allowing interaction with the clock or other widgets.

But there’s bad news: not all iOS 16 beta 3 users see the cute little fish. Various techniques have been used, such as B. restarting the iPhone for them to show up, but they’re not widely available yet. Perhaps by the time of the first public beta, harmony will be restored and the clownfish wallpaper will be everywhere.

3. Lock screens

Creating more detailed and rich lock screens is one of the new features for iOS 16. The latest developer beta allows users to change the lock screen and home screen wallpaper with sublime ease, which the early betas lacked.

Let the phone know it’s you on the lock screen. Once the padlock is unlocked, hold the lock screen and you can swipe left and right to choose between existing lock screens, or swipe to a big plus and add another.

4. Escape CAPTCHA

This is one of the coolest additions to any device. That means those pesky CAPTCHAs that haunt us all around the web will be a thing of the past. Instead of typing in colorful, angled numbers or counting the bridges in a grid of photos, Apple uses Private Access Tokens to privately verify you and your device.

You can read all the details about this extremely attractive update here.

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5. Cool Fitness+ awards

New Fitness+ awards are being added to complement current ones that relate specifically to closing your rings, special challenges, or achieving a perfect week of training.

Now there are awards for completing Fitness+ challenges, which come in a distinctive new form such as streaks for Fitness+ workouts or your first core workout.

Of course, you must be a Fitness+ subscriber, which means you own an Apple Watch and pay $9.99 a month for membership.

iOS 16 offers a lot more, e.g. B. the way you can edit and retract messages and emails after you’ve sent them. There will be Stage Manager, a new multitasking setup for iPad and Mac.

More will be added, but it’s worth keeping an eye out for the first public beta. It’s scheduled for this month, so it could be any minute now.

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