iOS 16 probably brings the biggest overhaul ever to the iPhone lock screen, but that’s not all that’s new in the latest version of the platform.
There are quite a few new features in the system and you may want to master them with our easy-to-follow tips and tricks. Next time you might just steal the thunder at that one party with your intricate iOS knowledge or… be the best tech support for your family, come Thanksgiving.
The first thing you want to do on iOS 16 is customize your lock screen and make it really personal.
#2. Add widgets to your lock screen
#3. Connect a Focus to your lock screen
#4. Change fonts and colors
And did we mention that you can customize individual elements of the lock screen? You can choose between different fonts and colors to make it truly yours.
#5. Haptic feedback while typing
Then you now get haptic feedback while typing. Android has had this feature for about a decade, so we don’t know why Apple took so long, but it’s here.
#6. Password protect your photos
There are also a few new features in the Photos app, with your hidden and recently deleted photos now protected with Face ID or a passcode, which is great for those photos you don’t want your friends or family to accidentally stumble upon. . Hey, some people need their privacy anyway!
#7. “Location” reminder when sharing photos/videos
Another useful feature is that when you share a photo or video, the share sheet tells you if that file contains your location.
#8. Lock notes with passcode
#9. Send and edit iMessage
iMessage now brings some very welcome features. First, you can edit or undo a message within the first 15 minutes of sending it, but it cannot be edited after that.
#10. Cut background from photos
You can also easily use the new automatic scene selection tool for your photos. We were surprised how the phone would cut out the background pretty accurately in an instant and you can then paste that image into an iMessage or email, or really anywhere.
#11. Text from video
And did you know that you can now easily extract live text from video? You just pause the video, zoom in, tap the text and the selection is impressively accurate.
#12. Easy Unit Conversions
It’s now super easy to convert units from imperial to metric too, you can just say 35 miles to Siri and it will convert that to kilometers, or type an amount of money in a foreign currency and it would convert that to the default currency for your region . Or if you want to convert the temperature from Fahrenheit to Celsius. Super handy!
#13. Quick Notes
Finally, a handy new feature is Quick Notes. It allows you to share any selection, photo, video, web page or just any file in a quick note.
#14. Subtitles and playback speed with new video player
Video scrubbing to navigate a video has been implemented in a much nicer way in the new video player in iOS 16, and you get automatic subtitles, playback speed controls, plus you can use the Live Text feature from within the player!
There are many other new features in iOS 16, but those are the ones that I think have made the biggest change to the way I used my iPhone. Some of these are in-depth like the lockscreen widgets and customizations, others are more subtle, but they all seem to work great even in this beta phase, and I can’t wait to see third parties bring their widgets to the lock screen too.
Do you have a favorite new feature?