All the useful iOS 16 features Apple didn’t tell you – TechCrunch

All the useful iOS 16 features Apple didn’t tell you – TechCrunch

All the useful iOS 16 features Apple didn’t tell you – TechCrunch

Apple had a ton of big hits in its iOS 16 announcements, including a lock screen refresh, updates to Photos, and an improved Mail app experience.

Aside from that, there were a lot of things that the company went through briefly or didn’t mention at all.

As more people test iOS 16 developer beta, some small but useful features are discovered every day. So here’s a summary of some of those useful features.

  • You can turn on Focus mode based on a schedule, location, or when you open a particular app.
You can now set different triggers for Focus mode

You can now set different triggers for Focus mode

  • iOS 16 has separate permission and silent lists for notifications under Focus. Until now, you could only put applications on an admission list.

Apple is really sharpening Focus with this year’s update, urging users to build customizable profiles based on their needs. The new triggers are super useful for triggering a specific setting for situations like when you enter your office or start your morning walk.

  • Face ID works in landscape mode, but only for some iPhones. There is no official information about supported models. But based on some tweetsit may only be available for iPhone 13 and later models.
  • With the new Live Text update, you can easily translate images embedded in web pages.
  • The company is introducing live captioning in iOS 16 for users with hearing disabilities — and this works with FaceTime too.
  • A new switch under Accessibility > Touch you can end calls by pressing the lock key. This is very useful if you have dirty hands and don’t want to touch your screen.
this is pretty cool

this is pretty cool

  • Apple will include a real-time unit call feature in Notes with iOS 16. You can write 1000g, tap Done, and tap the number again to see unit conversions. In our early tests, it works for weight, currency and fluid volume measurements. This feature is enabled by default.
Hopefully more apps will include this conversion feature

Hopefully more apps will include this conversion feature

  • The quick note option appears in the share menu, allowing you to quickly create a note about, say, an article or an image.
The new quick note option in the share menu

The new quick note option in the share menu

  • The upcoming iOS update has useful iMessage features like undo send and edit. In addition, you can recover deleted messages for up to 30 days.
  • The Messages app has a special section for unread messages.

  • Apple will issue automatic security updates to iOS users separate from version updates. Once iOS 16 is available to everyone, this feature will be enabled automatically and you won’t have to worry about downloading an update.
  • You can finally see and copy your saved network’s Wi-Fi passwords.
Easily view and copy your WiFi password

Easily view and copy your WiFi password

  • iOS 16 locks the Hidden Photos and Deleted Photos folders by default. You have to unlock them with Face ID, Touch ID or passcode. This gives you a built-in tool to hide your sensitive photos without using any third-party app.
  • Under the Password section, Apple lets you choose a default app for verification codes, including iCloud Keychain and Google Authenticator.
  • Pasteboard will ask for permission when you copy something from one app to another. This goes a step further than just letting you know that an app has access to your pasteboard.

The security-focused updates suggest Apple wants to make security “easier” for consumers by giving them granular control over app permissions and tools to protect sensitive content. Plus, it takes over the burden of manually installing updates

  • The new Photos app in iOS 16 lets you copy and paste styles into images. This means that you can apply some filters and effects to an image and copy them to other images.
  • YesYou can select your favorite artists on Apple Music and get notifications for their new releases. This isn’t as good as Spotify’s What’s New feed, but it’s better than nothing.
Favorite for artists to receive notifications about their new releases?  Sign me up

Favorite for artists to receive notifications about their new releases? Sign me up

  • With iOS 16, Apple Music lets you sort playlists by title, artist, album, release date, and most importantly, playlist order. So you can start listening to it with the last song added to the list.
So many sorting options

So many sorting options

Both useful features are for someone who uses the Music app for music discovery and playlist creation.

  • iOS 16 has a new notifications setting that allows you to display them in different styles on your lock screen.

These are some of the consumer-oriented updates expected to come with iOS 16 in the fall. Moreover, Apple has released some interesting developer APIs that can become great features for apps with this new version.

  • A few new APIs indicate that there may be support for casting media to third-party devices such as Google Chromecast, Amazon Echo, and Sonos. It would be great to cast media from your iPhone to your TV that supports Chromecast.
  • Apple’s RoomPlan API allows developers to create an AR-based map of the room and the objects in it.
  • Apple allows websites to send push notifications on iOS 16. This is an opt-in feature, so you don’t have to worry about spam notifications.
  • The company allows developers to use the Near Interaction Framework — which powers AirTags and Find My — to initiate real-life actions, such as giving on-screen directions with an arrow to find an object.
  • Apple is introducing a developer mode with iOS 16 to prevent users from “accidentally installing potentially malicious software on their devices”. That means sideloading apps becomes more cumbersome. Apple has argued strongly against sideloading in all of its regulatory or legal battles. This switch simply represents that belief by enabling the feature only for those with certain technical know-how.
  • Developers can use the new Live Activities API to enable experiences such as taxi ride tracking and sports scorecards on the lock screen.
Live activities enable real-time updates on the lock screen

Live activities enable real-time updates on the lock screen

This is by no means a comprehensive list of features that reside in the nooks and crannies of iOS 16. We’ll make sure to update the post when we see more of it.

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