What you need to know before a major software update for Apple devices

It has become something of a yearly tradition for Apple users, but in a few months, people with devices running iOS will switch to a new operating system.

The new operating system, iOS 16, was announced at Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) in June.

Here’s what you need to know about Apple’s next iOS.

What is iOS?

iOS is the operating system that runs on Apple iPhones.

I download updates for my iPhone all the time. What’s the difference with this one?

While Apple regularly releases minor updates for iPhones, they also release a new version of iOS once a year, and iOS 16 is a new version of iOS.

According to Apple, there are a number of changes for iOS 16, but two major changes include lock screen customization and sent message recall.

Customizing the lock screen

A preview of the new customizable lock screen on iOS 16.

Until now, an iPhone user could only customize their lock screen with different wallpapers. Now, Apple says people can now put widgets on their lock screen, which will allow them to access various information, like calendar events, alarms, and time zones, among others, without actually unlocking the phone. .

A number of new wallpaper options have also been introduced such as astronomy related wallpapers, weather related wallpapers among other selections.

Live Activities is another new lock screen feature, which Apple officials say will allow viewers to stay up to date with what’s happening in real time, such as sports games, carpooling or food delivery orders, right from the lock screen.

When it comes to notifications, Apple officials say they’ll go all the way up in iOS 16.

Reminder of messages

Apple officials say that with iOS 16, users can now edit or recall recently sent messages and recover recently deleted messages.

Also, according to officials, in the new iOS, users can mark conversations as unread so they can come back to them later.

Are there any other new features for iOS 16?


According to Apple officials, the new iOS contains other updates, including but not limited to:

  • Email Scheduling
  • Cancel the delivery of an e-mail, within a defined period.
  • Improved Live Text: Text appearing in video can now be detected by the phone, as can texts in images. Users can interact with the text, such as translation or currency conversion, among other options.
  • Added Apple Pay Later (US users only) in Apple Wallet.
  • Multi-stop route for Apple Maps

I think I’ve seen some of these new features elsewhere…

According to the website Android AuthorityAndroid gives its users the ability to customize their home screen, and although it is not a default Android feature at the moment, lock screen widgets are supported by some phones Android.

Which iPhones can install iOS 16?

Apple officials claim that all iPhone 8s, as well as later versions of iPhones, can run iOS 16.

Will the new iOS affect my other Apple devices?

iOS only works on iPhones. Apple computers, tablets, Apple Watch, and AppleTV run on operating systems specifically designed for them (macOS, iPadOS, watchOS, and tvOS, respectively).

It should be noted that major OS updates have been announced for all operating systems.

I have an Android phone. What does this mean for me?

iOS only works on iPhones, so Android users will not be affected by iOS versions.

Can I download the new iOS now?

Yes and no.

iOS 16 hasn’t been officially released, as it’s slated for a fall 2022 launch.

However, users can enroll their iPhone in the Apple Beta software program to test the new iOS. Beta software, however, may not perform as well as officially released software.

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