Alright, so. We're a couple weeks away from the launch of iOS 16 to every iOS device that's an iPhone 8 or later. So by now, I'm sure everyone's been wondering, "Should I update?"
I'd say that depends on your priorities. In my testing over the past few months, I've discovered a number of issues, most of which have yet to be fixed.
Let's start with notifications.
When you swipe down to access the notification center, normally, you can double tap on a notification to launch the app it's associated with. This forum topic will no doubt send out an Applevis tweet, for example. Which means that, if you're like me, and have notifications for the Applevis Twitter account set up, you'll see this topic has been posted when you access your notification center.
However, if you try to double tap the notification from within the notification view, nothing will happen. You will not be able to open it. Swiping down to access the more menu also fails to work, as all you get is the options menu which allows you to mute notifications for some time.
Another issue with notifications I have experienced is that some voices will start to read a notification, but will fail to read its content. I haven't done the deepest dive into the ins and outs of this issue, but as far as I can tell it seems to happen most often with US premium voices. UK voices don't seem to be effected, for whatever reason. This also includes the newly added Eloquence.
While I'm on the topic of Eloquence, another potentially major issue I've found is that, if you attempt to play a video, or audio, in any browser, speech will become virtually non-existent. As you try to navigate, voiceover will begin to speak for a quarter of a second, then it will completely cut itself off. The only way to stop this is to stop playback. This applies to Eloquence, as well as most high quality US English voices, as far as my testing shows. However, it does not apply to any other high quality variants in other languages.
Interestingly, this does not seem to apply to content played within TV, or any other dedicated streaming apps, including YouTube.
Another thing Apple has tried to push this year is the ability to customize your lock screen. While this was quite problematic early on, I'm happy to say that for me, it's fairly easy to customize the information displayed on my lock screen.
I really don't have much else to say at the moment, but if I come up with something, I'll certainly post it in the comments. Aside from the issues I outlined above, the experience has been smooth. But I thought I'd create this topic a little bit ahead of time to warn people so they aren't blindsided on the day the release comes out.
As it stands now, I'm honestly not sure if I'd update to iOS 16 because as I said, the notification center not working is a small detail, but it has a big impact on every day use, making some things take much longer than they should to get done. On the other hand, the new features in Messages, editing/undoing sent messages, are very very useful.
If you've been testing iOS 16 and have experienced any other issues please feel free to mention them here. I'm sure someone will be grateful.