Features in IOS 16 : New features available with iOS 16. iOS 16 enhances iPhone with all‑new personalisation features, deeper intelligence and seamless ways to communicate.
Lock Screen gallery
For inspiration on how to make the Lock Screen your own, browse a gallery of many options, each with a unique backdrop, stylised view of the date and time, and information you can see at a glance.
Lock Screen switching
You can switch your Lock Screen throughout the day. Touch and hold it, and then swipe.
Lock Screen editing
It’s easy to customise the font, colour or placement of elements on your Lock Screen by tapping the element.
iOS intelligently suggests photos from your library that look great on the Lock Screen.
See a set of photos shuffle automatically on your Lock Screen. Set the cadence for how often your Lock Screen updates with a new photo, or let iOS surprise and delight you throughout the day.
Widgets on the Lock Screen
Choose to display a set of widgets as part of your Lock Screen to glance at information like the weather, time, date, battery levels, upcoming calendar events, alarms, time zones and Activity ring progress.
Live Activities help you stay on top of things that are happening in real time, right from your Lock Screen.
Glance at live conditions on your Lock Screen as the weather changes throughout the day.
Notification view on Lock Screen
Choose to view notifications on the Lock Screen in an expanded list view, stacked view or count view. You can pinch to change the layout in context.
Set boundaries within Apple apps like Calendar, Mail, Messages and Safari for each Focus you enable. For example, choose a set of Tab Groups to show up in Safari while in the Work Focus, or hide your work calendar when you’re using the Personal Focus.
Smart sharing suggestions
Contribute photos manually, or use smart features to make sharing seamless, like a switch in Camera, automatic sharing using Bluetooth proximity and sharing suggestions in For You.
Collaborate on the collection
Everyone has equal permissions to add, edit, favourite, caption and delete.
Edit a message
You can edit a message for up to 15 minutes after sending it. Recipients will be able to see a record of edits made to the message.
Unsend any message for up to 2 minutes after sending it.
Mark as unread
Mark messages as unread when you don’t have time to respond but want to be sure to reply to the sender later.
Recover recently deleted messages
You can recover recently deleted messages for up to 30 days after deleting them.
Dual SIM message filtering
Filter conversations in Messages by individual SIM.
Messages now allows users with a dual SIM iPhone to filter messages based on their SIMs.
Smart search corrections
Intelligent search improves your results by correcting typos and using synonyms for your search terms.
Missing recipients and attachments
Get notified if you forget to include an important part of your message, like an attachment or a recipient.
Easily unsend an email message that you just sent before it reaches the recipient’s inbox.
Schedule email to be sent at the perfect moment.
New web extension APIs
Enables developers to create more kinds of Safari web extensions.
Pinned tabs in Tab Groups
Customise your Tab Groups with pinned tabs for each group.
Website settings sync
Settings you’ve set for specific websites, like page zoom and automatic Reader view, will sync across devices.
Wi‑Fi passwords in Settings
Find and manage your Wi‑Fi passwords in Settings. Reference and share passwords or delete old ones.
Strong password editing
Edit strong passwords suggested by Safari to adjust for site‑specific requirements.
Passkeys replace passwords with an easier and safer sign‑in method.
Safe from phishing
Passkeys never leave your device and are specific to the site you created them for, making it almost impossible for them to be phished.
Safe from website leaks
Your private key is never kept on a web server, so you don’t have to worry about website leaks compromising your accounts.
Sync across devices
Passkeys are end‑to‑end encrypted and sync across your Apple devices through iCloud Keychain.
Live Text in videos
Text is completely interactive in paused video frames, so you can use functions like copy and paste, lookup and translate. Live Text works in Photos, Quick Look, Safari and more.
New languages for Live Text
Live Text adds recognition of Japanese, Korean and Ukrainian text.
Automatically send messages
Skip the confirmation step when sending messages. You can enable this feature in Settings.
Call hang up
Siri can help you to hang up a call completely hands free. Just say “Hey Siri, hang up” (participants on the call will hear you). You can enable this feature in Settings.
Pan India for Siri
Indian users can now ask Siri to set alarms and timers, launch apps, get directions, play music or check the weather by using English mixed with their local language.
Dictation inserts commas, periods and question marks for you as you dictate.
Dictation in Messages text field
In Messages, the Dictation icon is now available in the text entry field.
Easily stop Dictation by tapping the new cursor popover.
Top up Apple account
Customers can replenish their account balance from their Apple Account card in Wallet.
Easy device migration for keys
Tap the “+” button in Wallet to see the list of all the keys you own and choose which ones you want to add to your new device.
All-new Home app
The Home app has an all‑new design that makes it easier to navigate, organise, view and control all your accessories. Improvements to the underlying architecture enhance your smart home’s performance and make it more efficient and reliable.
New camera view
Up to four camera views are displayed front and centre in the Home tab, and with just a scroll, you can see any additional camera views in your home.
Widgets on the Lock Screen
New widgets on the iPhone Lock Screen let you see the status of your home and quickly access your favourite accessories right from the Lock Screen.
Accessory tiles have been redesigned so the different accessories are more visually recognisable through shape and colour. Accessories can be controlled directly from their tiles by tapping the tile’s icon, or you can tap the accessory name for more detailed controls.
Track your medications
Create a medications list to keep track of medications, vitamins and supplements you take. And add custom visuals to make them easy to remember.
Reminders for medications
Create custom schedules and reminders for each medication, whether you take medications multiple times a day, once a week or as needed.
Log when you’ve taken your medications from a reminder or log medications right in the Health app. Interactive charts help you understand when you’ve taken your medications and give you insight into your medication adherence.
Fitness app for all iPhone users
Track and meet your fitness goals even if you don’t have an Apple Watch. Using iPhone motion sensors, your steps, distance and third‑party workouts will give you an estimate of your calories to contribute to your daily Move goal.
Device setup for kids
Use Quick Start to easily set up a new iOS or iPadOS device for your child with all the appropriate parental controls already in place.
Screen Time requests in Messages
Screen Time requests from your kids now appear in Messages, so it’s easy to approve or decline a request.
Lock Hidden and Recently Deleted albums in Photos
The Hidden and Recently Deleted albums are locked by default and can be unlocked using your iPhone authentication method: Face ID, Touch ID or your passcode.
This new section in Settings helps people in domestic or intimate partner violence situations quickly reset the access they’ve granted to others. It also helps you manage which people and apps you’ve given access to.
This new security mode provides extreme protection for the very small number of users who face grave, targeted threats to their digital security. It further hardens your device’s defenses and strictly limits certain functions, sharply reducing the attack surface that could potentially be exploited by highly targeted mercenary spyware.
Apple Watch mirroring
Fully control Apple Watch from iPhone and use Switch Control, Voice Control or any other assistive features on iPhone to get the most out of your Apple Watch.
Siri call hang up
You can now hang up Phone and FaceTime calls with Siri. Just say “Hey Siri, hang up” (participants on the call will hear you). You can enable this feature in Settings.
Detection Mode in Magnifier
Get rich descriptions of your surroundings with a new Magnifier mode that contains Door Detection, People Detection and Image Descriptions.
Foreground blur in portrait photos
Portrait mode lets you blur objects in the foreground of a photo for a more realistic‑looking depth‑of‑field effect.
Improved quality when recording in Cinematic mode
When recording videos in Cinematic mode on iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro, the depth‑of‑field effect is more accurate for profile angles and around the edges of hair and glasses.
Five new bilingual dictionaries are available: Bangla–English, Czech–English, Finnish–English, Hungarian–English and Turkish–English.
Hide My Email in apps
Hide My Email is integrated directly into QuickType keyboard suggestions, so you can keep your personal email address private in third‑party apps.
New Shuangpin layout
An additional layout called Changyong is now available for Shuangpin users.
New languages for autocorrect
Autocorrect supports three new languages: English (New Zealand), English (South Africa) and Kazakh.
New languages for keyboard layouts
New languages supported are Apache, Dzongkha, Samoan and Yiddish, and the English Dvorak keyboard is now available.
Choose from 17 new and updated hairstyles, including new curly styles, updates to tight curl styles, box braids and boxer braids.
All Memoji stickers can be used as contact pictures, and there are three new contact sticker poses to choose from.
Enhanced Smart Folders
Automatically organise notes in a Smart Folder based on powerful new filters. Create rules for Date Created, Date Modified, Shared, Mentions, Checklists, Attachments, Folder, Quick Notes, Pinned Notes and Locked Notes.
Notes grouped by date
Notes are grouped by chronological categories like Today and Yesterday for easy reference in your list and gallery views.
Quick Note on iPhone
Create Quick Notes in any app on your iPhone from the share menu.
Photos identifies duplicate photos in Albums > Utilities so you can quickly clean up your library.
Sort people alphabetically
Sort your People album alphabetically.
New memory types
New memory types for This Day in History and children playing.
New library in CarPlay
Get faster access to more of your library in CarPlay. Find downloaded and saved episodes more easily and see the latest episodes from the shows you follow.
Pin your favourite lists to get to them quickly.
Save a list as a template to reuse it for routines, packing lists and more. Create a link to publish and share a template with others, or download templates that others have shared.
Improved Scheduled and Today Lists
Time- and date-based grouping makes it easier to view and add reminders. The Today List is grouped by Morning, Afternoon and Tonight to help divide your day. The Scheduled List has new week and month groups to help with longer‑term organisation.
Access and customise AirPods features and settings in one place. When AirPods are connected, an AirPods menu will appear at the top of Settings.
Search on Home Screen
Spotlight can be accessed directly from the bottom of the Home Screen, making it easy to open apps, find contacts or get information from the web.
Image search in more apps
Spotlight uses information from images in Messages, Notes and Files to enable searching by locations, people, scenes or even things in the images, like text, a dog or a car.
New widget options
Use a new two-column layout in the medium‑sized and large Stocks widgets to see even more symbols.
Create multiple custom watchlists to organise the tickers you follow. Group symbols using any criteria you choose, such as sector, asset type, ownership status and more.
Severe weather notifications
Get a notification when a severe weather alert has been issued near you.