Apple will announce its major annual operating system updates in its WWDC keynote on June 6. No platform is bigger, or more important to Apple and its users, than the iPhone and so no OS update is more important than iOS. After a fairly successful reception to iOS 15 in 2021, we expect iOS 16 to add many new features, albeit without radical design changes.
Currently, very little is known for sure about iOS 16, the update slated for 2022. But there are plenty of clues, leaks, and drafts out there: more than enough for us to put together a guide to iOS 16 and the possibilities you could imagine. have to have. expect it to be added to your iPhone.
In this article, we collect the latest, weirdest and most plausible rumors and concepts from the web, outline the likely new features, design changes and release date of iOS 16, and provide our own wish list of features we hope to see.
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iOS 16: release date
We expect iOS 16 to be unveiled on June 6, 2022 and finally released to the public in September 2022.
That is the long tradition that the company has followed for years. Assuming Apple doesn’t break with tradition, we can expect iOS 16 (along with iPadOS 16, watchOS 9, tvOS 16, and macOS 13) to be demonstrated at the WWDC 2022 keynote on June 6, then released to beta testers for extensive testing, and finally released to the general public in September 2022.
June 6, 2022: iOS 16 unveiled
June 6, 2022: iOS 16 released to developer beta testers
July 2022: iOS 16 released to public beta testers
September 2022: Final Version of iOS 16.0 Released to General Public
The big release to the public always takes place in the fall, usually in September to go along with the new iPhone release. Additional point releases (iOS 16.1, iOS 16.2, etc.) will follow in the weeks and months after with bug fixes and additional features.
Which iPhones run iOS 16?
We expect the iPhone 7 and newer to run iOS 16.
At WWDC 2021, Apple surprised viewers with the fact that iOS 15 would run on very old models, such as the iPhone 6S (2015) or the first generation SE (2016). With that in mind, which devices will support the upcoming iOS 16?
It is rather unlikely that the iPhone 6S and 2016 will be on the update list for 2022. But we suspect that all devices from the iPhone 7 will be able to run iOS 16. This is because iOS does not support a specific device, but rather the chip generation included. The iPhone 6S has an A9 chip, last used by Apple in 2017 and featured in the fifth-generation iPad and the first-generation iPad Pro.
The iPhone 7 should be safe though, as it runs on an A10 chip, which Apple didn’t include in new products until 2019, so we can’t see the company phasing out support for it any time soon.
iOS 16: Rumors of New Features
Nothing’s really official until we hear from Apple at WWDC, but rumors of upcoming iOS features are leaking all the time. Here’s what we’ve heard about iOS 16 so far, along with some of the features we hope to see.
Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman enjoyed a mid-May newsletter that “There should be major changes to the system,” including “new ways of interacting” and “some new Apple apps.” Let’s see what that could mean for the iPhone operating system.
Gurman’s reference to “New Interactions” could indicate upgrades to the way widgets work in iOS, something we’d hoped for. We’d love to see interactive widgets in iOS 16. As useful as it is to have widgets on the iPhone’s home screen, it would be even more helpful if you could perform certain functions directly in the widgets. Home screen widgets are currently not interactive. For example, via the music widget you can play, pause or skip songs – without having to go to the Music app via the widget itself. Widgets have so much more potential.
Before the iPhone 13 launched, there were rumors that Apple was finally rolling out an always-on display with time, date, notifications and other quick data at a glance. It obviously didn’t get to those phones, but such a feature doesn’t have to be tied to new hardware. Any OLED screen can handle an always-on display, leaving many iPhone models: iPhone X, XS, and XS Mac, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max, and all iPhone 12 and 13 models. So maybe those rumors about an always-on display feature being tested were actually about an iOS 16 feature.
There seems to be some evidence that an always-on display could be coming to iPhones in 2022, at least on the new iPhone 14 models. Ross Young, CEO of Display Supply Chain Consultants, has tweeted that he “expects” Apple to adopt an LPTO display that lowers the refresh rate to 1 Hz when not in use (the iPhone 13’s OLED display drops to 10 Hz). A lower refresh rate is critical to preserving battery life, and battery life is undoubtedly why Apple hasn’t implemented the feature yet.
According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, iOS 16 will introduce significant changes to the way notifications are handled. A follow-up report from 9to5Mac suggested the changes include improvements to Focus mode, though we hope Apple has some other things in store as well.
New health and fitness features
It is rumored that the new iOS will also have new health and fitness features, although that’s not really the focus of iOS. Basically what we’re expecting is a lot of new health and fitness features in watchOS for the Apple Watch, and maybe some things coming fall exclusive to Apple Watch Series 8. With iOS 16, the Health app and Fitness apps might just get a little something needed to support those new Watch features (such as improved sleep tracking).
However, it was rumored that iOS 15 would have some sort of food or nutrition tracking feature, and that never happened. Maybe it wasn’t ready in time and will be a part of iOS 16?
Another long-trumped-up health feature is medication management — essentially reminders for when to take your medications.
Rumor has it that women’s health features will also be expanded in the Health app in iOS 16, though we haven’t heard exactly how.
Rumor has it that Apple will add car accident detection in the next version of watchOS, which would work similarly to the current fall detection: when it recognizes you’ve been in a car accident, it calls emergency services (after a short countdown). ). Presumably, this feature will also be added to the iPhone. It is not yet clear whether it will be exclusive to iPhone 14 or also to some earlier models in iOS 16.
Gurman also notes that early versions of iOS 16 (codenamed Sydney) contain many references to Apple’s upcoming mixed-reality headset and how it interacts with the iPhone. However, Apple is not expected to unveil its AR headset at WWDC, so there will likely be no new features visible to the user. What we could get instead are some really big improvements to the ARKit framework for developers.
iOS 16: new apps
Gurman refers to “Fresh Apple apps” in the May newsletter mentioned above. This could refer to the usual series of refreshes with Apple adding new features and functionality to existing apps, or we could see some brand new apps.
iOS 16: wish list
We’ve put together a list of the features we most want to see in iOS 16, including interactive widgets, Siri enhancements, and a new Home app. We don’t know if all (or some of them) will come true, but we can dream.