Apple’s iOS 16 has been unveiled and comes with a ton of amazing new features that help improve iPhone security and privacy — and are extremely useful, of course.
Unveiled at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), iOS 16 didn’t hit the online advertising world, namely facebook– with no major movements yet. But that doesn’t mean nothing is coming. It was suggested that Private Relay may become available by default for all iPhone users, and it may still happen.
The soon-to-be-launched iOS 16 operating system comes with a number of features that people have been looking for for a while and at its core it continues the Apple ethos to give you more control over the data on your iPhone. As far as security goes, Apple wants iPhone users to be secure by default, and some of the new iOS 16 features target just that.
Here’s what you can look forward to when iOS 16 comes out this fall.
This one is big — and a feature many Apple fans have been asking for for a while. Apple has now given you the option to edit and delete messages on iMessage on your iPhone. That means any late night texts you regret, or embarrassing work DMs can be deleted in an instant.
It’s easy to do, you simply recall the message through the Undo Send tool. If you edited the message, the only giveaway for the person receiving the iMessage is a small “edited” one below the text. Apple is catching up with this iPhone feature, but the wait won’t be long before you can finally use it.
Passwords suck. They can often be guessed, they are exposed to breaches and many people repeat them in different services. I often promote the benefits of password managers, but there’s something even better on the horizon: Apple’s Passkeys in iOS 16 are meant to get rid of passwords altogether.
Passwords don’t just belong to Apple – they are promoted by the FIDO Alliance, of which Apple is a member along with Google and Microsoft. Based on the WebAuthen By default, Passkeys use public key cryptography to secure your accounts, eliminating the need for passwords altogether. In a nutshell, with Passkeys in iOS 16, Apple will authenticate you in the background, and all you have to do is use Face ID or Touch ID instead of a password. Cool huh?
A new privacy feature called Safety Check is coming in iOS 16, which aims to help protect people from abusive partners. This feature allows you to stop location sharing and revoke all access to accounts you’ve previously granted, including an emergency reset feature to quickly sign out of iCloud and reset your privacy rights. This ensures that only the device you are currently using receives messages. The iOS 16 feature is also more widely usable: you can use Security Check to see which people and apps have access to information.
And one last thing…
Major iPhone features affecting the ads may not have been revealed so far, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be later iOS 16 betas. Other brilliant new features include the ability to lock hidden photos and deleted photos by default to hide your private photos, and on the security side, you can now access Wi-Fi passwords and get important security patches on your iPhone by default.
It’s still early days, but it’s clear that iOS 16 will continue Apple’s ethos of giving you more security, privacy, and control over your iPhone. The exact launch date is not yet known, but it will likely be September along with the launch of the latest iPhones.