Apple has today released iOS 16, bringing customizable Lock Screens; enhancements to Focus modes; the ability to edit and delete messages; improvements for Apple apps like Mail, Home, and Maps; and much more.
Arguably the biggest new feature is the ability to customise the Lock Screen. You can now change the font and color of the time and date; add widgets that allow at a glance access to information; create multiple custom Lock Screen for use at different times or for specific situations; and have Lock Screens linked with Focus modes so that they switch automatically.
The Messages app now allows you to edit or delete messages and mark messages as unread. In the Mail app, Search has been improved and there are new options to schedule emails; cancel delivery; and receive follow-up reminders.
The Health app now allows you to track Medications; the Fitness app is now available to users that do not have an Apple Watch; the Home app has been fully redesigned; Safari now supports passkeys and Shared Tab Groups; Notes and Reminders offer new sorting options; the Maps app has gained multi-stop routing and enhanced integration with transit cards; and the News app contains dedicated sports features.
For an in-depth review of everything that's new in iOS 16, we highly recommend the one by FEDERICO VITICCI on MacStories.
We also recommend the following AppleVis content:
- Scott Davert has put together a blog post detailing the new accessibility features for blind and DeafBlind users in iOS 16.
- The AppleVis Editorial Team has compiled a list of the accessibility bugs introduced and resolved in iOS 16 for blind and low vision users.
- Thomas Domville has recorded a quick audio Tour of Notable New and Enhanced Accessibility Features in iOS 16
iOS 16 Release Notes
iOS 16 brings a redesigned Lock Screen with new ways to customize and widgets for information at a glance. Link your Lock Screen to a Focus and use Focus filters to filter out distracting content in apps. Big updates to Messages let you edit or unsend a message you just sent. Visual Look Up lets you lift the subject of an image from the background and copy and paste it in apps like Mail and Messages. iOS 16 also includes new updates to Mail, Maps, Wallet, Health, News, and more.
- Redesigned Lock Screen gives you all new ways to personalize your Lock Screen by showcasing favorite photos, customizing font styles, displaying widgets, and more
- Multiple Lock Screens can be created and you can easily switch between them
- Lock Screen gallery offers personalized suggestions along with Apple curated collections for your Lock Screen
- Font and color options for customizing the look of the date and time on your Lock Screen
- Widgets on the Lock Screen display information at a glance like the weather, battery levels, upcoming calendar events, and more
- A new effect places the subject of the photo in front of the time (iPhone XS and later)
- Photo styles change the color filter, tinting, and font style of photos on the Lock Screen to complement each other
- Notifications appear at the bottom of your Lock Screen and can be displayed in an expanded list view, stacked view, or count view
- Lock Screen linking connects your Lock Screen to a Focus, so you can activate a Focus by switching to the corresponding Lock Screen
- Focus filters hide distracting content in apps like Calendar, Mail, Messages, Safari and third party apps
- Streamlined setup makes it easier and faster to get started with Focus, with personalized Lock Screen and Home Screen suggestions that include apps and widgets that are relevant to the Focus you’re setting up
- Edit a message for up to 15 minutes after sending it and recipients see a record of edits
- Undo send allows you to recall any message for up to 2 minutes after sending it
- Mark as unread makes it easy to come back to a conversation later
- SharePlay in Messages lets you enjoy activities like watching movies, listening to music, playing games, and more with friends while messaging
- Collaboration provides a simple way to invite others to collaborate on a file via Messages and get activity updates in the thread when someone makes an edit to a shared project
- Improved search delivers more accurate, complete results and provide suggestions as soon as you begin to type
- Undo send allows you to cancel delivery of a message within 10 seconds of hitting send
- Scheduled send for sending an email at a specific day and time
- Follow‑up surfaces sent emails that have not been replied to, to the top of your inbox so you can quickly follow‑up
- Remind me lets you schedule a date and time to be reminded about an email
Safari and Passkeys
- Shared Tab Groups let you share a set of tabs with others and see the Tab Group update instantly as you work together
- Tab Group start pages can be customized with different background images and favorites for each Tab Group
- Pinned tabs in Tab Groups enable you to pin frequently visited websites for each Tab Group
- Safari web page translation adds translation for web pages in Turkish, Thai, Vietnamese, Polish, Indonesian, and Dutch
- Passkeys offer support for an easier and safer sign‑in method to replace passwords
- Passkey syncing through iCloud Keychain makes your passkeys available across all your Apple devices while keeping them end-to-end encrypted
- Live Text video support allows you to interact with text in a paused video frame so you can copy, translate, lookup, share, and more (iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR and later)
- Quick actions let you take action on data detected in photos and videos with a single tap, so you can track flights or shipments, translate foreign languages, convert currencies, and more (iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR and later)
Visual Look Up
- Lift subject from background isolates the subject of an image so you can copy and paste it into apps like Mail and Messages (iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR and later)
- Visual Look Up adds recognition of birds, insects, spiders, and statues in your photos (iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR and later)
- Easy Shortcuts setup makes it possible to run shortcuts with Siri as soon as you download an app with no upfront setup (iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR and later)
- A new setting allows you to send messages without Siri asking you to confirm before sending
- “Hey Siri, what can I do here?” helps you discover Siri capabilities in iOS and apps just by asking (iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR and later)
- Call hang up option for ending Phone and FaceTime calls with Siri by saying “Hey Siri, hang up.” (iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR and later)
- All-new Dictation experience supports using your voice and keyboard together to enter and edit text (iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR and later)
- Automatic punctuation inserts commas, periods, and question marks as you dictate
- Emoji support lets you insert emoji using your voice (iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR and later)
- Multi-stop routing supports adding up to fifteen stops along your driving route in Maps
- Transit cards in Maps let you see low balances and replenish your card when you add transit cards to Wallet, all without leaving Maps
- Transit fares show you how much your journey will cost in the San Francisco Bay Area, London, New York, and San Diego
Apple Pay and Wallet
- Apple Pay Order Tracking allows you to receive detailed receipt and order tracking information in Wallet for Apple Pay purchases with participating merchants
- ID cards in Wallet lets you share verified information with apps that require identity verification (iPhone 8 and later)
- Apple Account supports topping-up your account balance from your Apple Account card in Wallet
- Redesigned Home app makes it easier to navigate, organize, view, and control your smart home accessories
- Home tab now integrates all your accessories, rooms, and scenes into a single tab for a whole-house view, allowing you to see your entire home at a glance
- Categories for lights, climate, security, speakers and TVs, and water let you quickly access all the relevant accessories organized by room, and displays more detailed status information
- New camera view displays up to four cameras front and center in the Home tab, scroll to see any additional camera views in your home
- Redesigned accessory tiles feature more visually recognizable icons that are color-matched to their category, and new behaviors for more precise accessory controls
- Medications feature helps you track and manage your medications, vitamins and supplements by creating a list, custom schedules and reminders, and then viewing logging over time
- Add medications using your iPhone camera (iPhone XS, iPhone XR and later)
- Interaction alerts inform you if there is a critical interaction when you add a new medication
- Cycle deviation notifications alert you if your logged menstrual cycles show a pattern of infrequent periods, irregular periods, prolonged periods, or persistent spotting
- Invitations for Health Sharing allow loved ones to easily and securely share their health data with you
- Health Sharing reminders give you transparency and control over the health data you are sharing with loved ones
- My Sports enables you to easily follow your favorite teams and leagues and watch highlights right in the News app
- Favorites give you easy access to the channels and topics you read the most, in a consistent place near the top of your Today feed
- New homepages deliver visually updated and easier to navigate topic feeds for local news locales, sports teams and leagues, and more
- Improved child account setup makes it easier to create an account for a child with the right parental controls, including age‑appropriate media restrictions
- Device setup for a child lets you use Quick Start to easily set up a new iOS or iPadOS device for your child with your selected parental controls in place
- Screen Time requests in Messages make it even easier to approve or decline requests from your child
- Family Checklist gives you tips and suggestions like updating a child’s parental control settings, turning on location sharing, or just reminding you to share your iCloud+ subscription with everyone
- Safety Check is a new section in Settings to help people in domestic or intimate partner violence situations quickly reset the access they’ve granted to others
- Emergency reset lets you quickly take action to reset access across all people and apps, including disabling location sharing via Find My, resetting privacy permissions for apps, and more
- Manage sharing and access helps you review and customize which apps and people can access your information
- Door detection in Magnifier locates a door, reads signs and symbols around it, and gives you instructions for how to open the door (iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro)
- Apple Watch mirroring provides full control of Apple Watch from iPhone and supports use of Switch Control, Voice Control, or any other assistive features on iPhone to get the most out of your Apple Watch
- Live Captions (beta) automatically converts audio into text for users who are Deaf or hard of hearing to follow along more easily with calls and media content (iPhone 11 and later)
- Buddy controller helps users with cognitive disabilities get support from a caregiver or friend while playing a game, by combining inputs from multiple game controllers into one
- VoiceOver is now available in over 20 new languages and locales, including Bangla (India), Bulgarian, Catalan, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese
- Voice Control spelling mode gives you the option to dictate names, addresses, or other custom spellings letter by letter
This release also includes other features and improvements:
- Fitness app lets you track and meet your fitness goals even if you don’t yet have an Apple Watch, using iPhone motion sensors to give you an estimate of your calories to contribute to your daily Move goal
- AirPods Pro (2nd generation) support
- Personalized Spatial Audio uses the TrueDepth camera on iPhone to create a personal profile for Spatial Audio that delivers a more precise and immersive listening experience on AirPods (3rd generation), AirPods Pro (1st and 2nd generation), AirPods Max
- Handoff in FaceTime allows you to move FaceTime calls seamlessly from your iPhone to your iPad or Mac, and vice versa
- Memoji updates include more sticker poses, hairstyles, headwear, noses, and lip colors
- Quick Note adds support for taking a note in any app on your iPhone and adding links to create context and easily find content
- Translate camera lets you translate text around you using the camera in the Translate app
- Duplicate detection in Photos identifies duplicate photos so you can quickly clean up your library
- Foreground blur for portrait photos in Camera blurs objects in the foreground for a more realistic-looking depth-of-field effect (iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max)
- Pinned lists in Reminders helps you quickly navigate to your favorite lists
- Search on the Home Screen enables Spotlight to be accessed directly from the bottom of the Home Screen, making it easy to open apps, find contacts, or get information from the web
- Automatically send messages in CarPlay to skip the confirmation step when sending messages
- Rapid Security Response gets important security improvements to your devices even faster, as they can be applied automatically between standard software updates
How to Update
iOS 16 is available via Over-the-Air Update (Settings > General > Software Update) via Finder on a Mac with macOS Catalina or later, or via iTunes on a PC or Mac with macOS Mojave or earlier.
Before updating, we strongly recommend making a full and complete backup of your device (either locally or in iCloud, depending on personal preference). This will ensure that, in the unlikely event that something goes wrong during the update process, you will have a current backup on hand in case a device restore becomes necessary. Also, if using OTA update, we recommend plugging your device into a power source for the duration of the download/installation process, so as to prevent the unlikely event of your battery going dead during the update.
More information on how to update the software on your device is available on this Apple Support page.
We would love to hear your thoughts about iOS 16. What do you like? What do you dislike? Let us know by posting a comment below.
Options for rearranging your playlist order in Apple Music
A well excepted addition to Apple Music in iOS 16, is the option to rearrange your playlist order.
Once you have a playlist loaded, tap the more button, then, sort by. This menu brings up a list of options to re-order your playlist tracks. If you tap on, playlist order, which is already selected, this will reverse the order of the playlist. This means, that any recently added tracks that would normally appear at the bottom, now will show the most recently added track, at the top. There are more options for sorting, including, title, artist, album, and release date.
When searching in Apple Music, there used to be a picker that allowed the user to narrow the search by items such as playlist, album, song, etc. In iOS 16, that appears to have been removed. Does anybody know if that functionality can be restored? What is the best way to give feedback to Apple that is not necessarily accessibility related?
re: Apple Music
It hasn't been removed, but it also doesn't show up consistently either, which is a shame, cause I liked being able to only see songs or playlists, or whatever.