iOS 16: Apple has revealed a stream of new features, here are the ones to keep in mind

The upcoming version of the iPhone operating system will be very rich in new features. IOS 16 will finally allow you to customize your lock screen, include a shared iCloud photo library for the family, and even allow you to edit a message sent a little too quickly. …

Apple recently opened the annual conference for developers by raising the curtain on new features coming to iOS 16. And the least we can say is that the next version of the operating iPhone system promises to be very rich in new features.

It was, as usual, Craigh Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering, revealing, at a rapid pace, the new features to be integrated in the next few months on the iPhone. to be compatible with iOS 16.

In the celebrations program, the lock screen will finally provide real customization options. Craigh Federighi further confirmed that the teams that manage iOS have “ completely redesigned the look and feel of the lock screen “.

IOS 16 will also bring a Family Sharing feature for photos in a dedicated iCloud Library, bring major updates to Messages and Mail, and bring many important new features to Live Text and Visual Search. The update should be available from this fall on the iPhone 8 and later models.

A fully customizable lock screen

Apple has finally decided to release the iPhone lock screen by giving it one of the most important updates since iOS existed. And to succeed, the Cupertino company isn’t too far away. It really takes the components that make Apple Watch dials so successful to apply it to iOS 16, and through the iPhone extension.

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Described as “ more personal, more elegant and more practicale “, the locked screen of iOS 16 adopts a multi-layered effect. In addition to the traditional wallpaper image, it is possible to overlay multiple layers and change their arrangement, such as do in one of the layers, to highlight the subject of the image by passing it in front of the time display, for a guaranteed depth.effect.The time and date remain displayed and can also benefit from a facelift.You can change the color or customize the font.

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Above all, the locked screen of iOS 16 will finally be able to display widgets, again largely inspired by the Apple Watch and its “Complications”. The flag dedicated to them at the top of the screen can include a few to allow you to keep track of the weather, the battery level of your devices, or even the next appointments on your calendar.

You can also customize your lock screen to your mood. IOS 16, like the faces on the Apple Watch, allows you to configure multiple lock screens (with different wallpapers, colors and fonts) to switch between them if desired.

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To complete this overhaul, Apple plans to launch a new API later this year, called Live Activities. It allows you to follow in real time the information provided by certain applications from the locked screen, whether it is a football game, the statistics of your sports session, or the status of your food order .

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Finally, the display of the notifications was once again changed. They will now scroll from the bottom of the screen so as not to obstruct the view of the locked screen.


Family Photo Library in iCloud

Sharing photos with a group of loved ones is no small success. To simplify practice, iOS 16 will integrate a separate photo library shared with iCloud, which is entirely dedicated to this office. It can accommodate up to six participants who can all, if they wish, contribute to the content by adding, removing or editing images to it. It’s possible to send images from your personal photo library, choose to share photos taken on a specific date or where specific people’s faces can be seen, or allow iOS to suggest images which you probably want to share.


All photos stored in this family photo library can be found in each participant’s Memories and Selected Photos. In addition, the iOS 16 camera will integrate a button to capture images and share them instantly in this shared photo library.


Messages edits your messages and hosts SharePlay

The Messages app on iOS 16 will take advantage of an editing function. If you quickly send a message that you haven’t read again, you can edit it to correct typos that were dropped or even decided to cancel the sending.

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SharePlay, the feature that allows you to enjoy the experience simultaneously with your FaceTime friends, also comes with Messages. You can watch your favorite movies and series or listen to music in full synchronization with your loved ones while sending you iMessages.

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Live text videos and image clipping using Visual Search

Live Text, the iOS function that allows you to capture the text displayed in an image will improve. In iOS 16, the function will get the show and also support videos. By pausing a video, you can take advantage of Live Text to get the text displayed on the screen, useful if you’re used to watching development instructions for example. Also note that Live Text can also convert fly currencies and translate text.

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As for the Visual search function, which makes it possible to identify animals or plants, it can be used to outline the subject shown in the image. All you have to do is keep your finger pressed on the subject, then drag it to another application to share the image in a message, for example.

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Order tracking comes on Maps

If you’re accustomed to paying for online purchases using Apple Pay, you don’t need to keep an eye on your inbox for tracking information. You can track your orders directly in the iOS Maps application, if of course the online merchant supports this function.

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Other small innovations, but remaining unique, were also announced at this conference. We noticed, for example, the possibility to create routes with multiple stops in Apple Maps, a simplified configuration of accounts for children in iCloud Family Sharing, the availability of the Fitness application directly to all iPhone even if you don’t have an Apple Watch… also comes with a confidentiality tool, “Safety Check”, which allows victims of domestic violence to revoke all access granted by other people to their personal data, or even the possibility of using the iPhone’s True Depth camera to create a custom profile for spatial audio listening using AirPods.

We’ll have a chance to get back to all of these new features in future articles!

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