iOS 16
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A picture of the iOS 16 home screen
iOS 16 home screen
DeveloperApple Inc.
Source modelClosed with open-source components
General
availability
September 12, 2022; 2 months ago (2022-09-12)
Latest release16.1.1[1] (20B101)[2] (November 9, 2022; 21 days ago (2022-11-09)) [±]
Latest preview16.2 beta 3[3] (20C5049e)[4] (November 15, 2022; 15 days ago (2022-11-15)) [±]
Available in40 languages[5]
Update methodSoftware Update
Package managerApp Store
Platforms
Kernel typeHybrid (XNU)
Default
user interface
Cocoa Touch (multi-touch, GUI)
LicenseProprietary software with open-source components
Preceded byiOS 15
Official websitewww.apple.com/ios/ios-16
TaglinePersonal is powerful.
Support status
Supported
Articles in the series
iPadOS 16 (derivative for iPad)

iOS 16 is the 16th and current major release of the iOS mobile operating system developed by Apple for its iPhone line of products. It was announced at the company's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on June 6, 2022, as the successor to iOS 15.[6][7][8]

The first developer beta was released on June 6, 2022 immediately after WWDC, with the first public beta being released on July 11, 2022.[9] The public version of iOS 16 was released on September 12, 2022.

iOS 16 is very similar to iPadOS 16. It is the first iOS version to work only on iPhones, as it dropped support for the seventh-generation iPod Touch.

History

Further information: iOS version history § iOS 16 / iPadOS 16

Updates

The first developer beta of iOS 16 was released on June 6, 2022. iOS 16 was officially released on September 12, 2022.

Version Build Codename Release date Notes Update type
16.0 20A357 Sydney September 12, 2022 Initial Release on the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro models. Initial Release
20A362 Sydney September 12, 2022
  • Complete overhaul of lock screen to allow greater customization
    • Multiple Lock Screens can be created and switched between, similar to Apple Watch faces
    • Lock Screen gallery offers suggestions for styles and designs
    • Fonts and colors can now be customized
    • Widgets can now be added to lock screen
    • Notifications now appear at the bottom of the Lock Screen, so as not to block widgets
    • Changing Focus can now change the lock screen
    • Focus filters can hide content in apps
  • Messages can now be edited for up to 15 minutes after sending, with an edit log displayed to viewers
    • If a recipient is on iOS 15 or below, they will receive a message that states "Message was edited to ' ' "
    • For up to 2 minutes after, iMessages can be unsent
    • Messages can be marked as unread
    • SharePlay can now be done via iMessage
  • Mail now has improved search
    • E-mails can be unsent for up to 30 seconds after being sent
    • E-mails can now be schedule sent
  • Safari has gained functionality with sharing Tab Groups and Passkeys
    • Tab Groups can now be shared to other people and devices
    • Tab Groups can be pinned
    • Safari web page translation now allows translation of web pages written in Turkish, Thai, Vietnamese, Polish, Indonesian, and Dutch
  • Passkeys replace saved passwords for better security
  • Live Text is now supported in video
  • Visual Look Up allows removing objects in a picture to copy/paste it into apps, removing the background
  • Siri can send Messages without requiring confirmation with a setting
  • On iPhone XS, XS Max, XR, and later, asking Siri "Hey Siri, what can I do here?" will produce a response detailing Siri's capabilities
  • On iPhone XS, XS Max, XR, and later, asking Siri "Hey Siri, hang up" will allow Siri to end Phone and FaceTime calls
  • Maps now has multi-stop routing with up to 15 stops
  • Transit cards in Maps allow to see and replenish balance of transit cards
  • Maps routes can show total cost on transit fares
  • The Home app has been completely redesigned
    • The app has been separated into categories for lights, climate, security, sound/TV, and water
    • A new camera view allows showing up to 4 cameras on-screen at any time, with more visible via scrolling
  • The Health app has been updated to support new watchOS 9 features
    • Medications can now be tracked and reminders given
    • Medications can be added via iPhone camera (iPhone XS, XS Max, XR, and later)
    • The Health app can notify the user if logged menstrual cycles show an irregular pattern or other concerns
  • Safety Check is added to help people in domestic or intimate partner violence situations
    • Emergency Reset immediately revokes all access to shared data and locations to all people, devices, and apps
    • Manage Sharing and Access allows review and customization of which apps and people can access user's information
  • Door Detection in Magnifier allows locating doors, reading signs and symbols around it, and shows instructions on how to open it (iPhone 12, 13, and 14 Pro series only)
  • Apple Watch mirroring allows controlling Apple Watch on iPhone
  • Live Captions (beta) allows automatic conversion of audio to text
  • The Fitness app is now available to everyone, even if they do not have a paired Apple Watch
  • Memoji has been updated to include more poses, hairstyles, headwear, noses, and lip colors
  • The Translate app can now use the camera to translate text
  • Duplicate detection in Photos allows easy identification of duplicate photos in Photo Library
  • New Spoken Content voices have been added for some supported languages, as well as for previously unsupported languages: Bangla, Basque, Bhojpuri, Bulgarian, Catalan, Croatian, Galician, Kannada, Malay, Marathi, Persian, Shanghainese, Slovenian, Tamil, Telugu, Ukrainian and Vietnamese.
  • Rapid Security Response allows patching of critical bugs without requiring a Software Update
  • Patches a bug that allowed apps to bypass Privacy preferences surrounding Contacts
  • Patches two bugs that allowed execution of arbitrary code with kernel privileges
  • Patches a bug that allowed disclosing of kernel memory
  • Patches a bug that allowed apps to read location information via Maps
  • Patches a bug that allowed users to elevate privileges
  • Patches a bug that allowed address bar spoofing
  • Patches a bug that allowed user tracking via Safari extensions
  • Fixes a logic bug that allowed access to Photo Library on a locked device
  • Fixes two bugs in WebKit that allowed execution of arbitrary code
16.0.1 20A371 Sydney September 14, 2022 iPhone 14, 14 Plus, 14 Pro, and 14 Pro Max only
  • Fixes a bug that caused iPhone to fail to activate
  • Fixes a bug that caused iPhone to fail to transfer data from an older iPhone
  • Fixes a bug that caused enterprise SSO (single sign-on) to fail to authenticate
Bug Fixes
16.0.2 20A380 Sydney September 22, 2022
  • Fixes a bug that caused iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max to vibrate and shake when taking photos with third-party camera apps
  • Fixes a bug that caused an excess of permission popups when copying and pasting
  • Fixes a bug that caused display to go black during device setup
  • Fixes a bug that makes VoiceOver unavailable after rebooting
  • Fixes a bug that causes touch input not to work on serviced iPhone X's, iPhone XRs, and iPhone 11s
Bug Fixes
16.0.3 20A392 Sydney October 10, 2022
  • Fixes a bug that caused incoming call and app notifications to be delayed or not delivered on iPhone 14 Pro, 14 Pro Max
  • Fixes a bug that caused low microphone volume during CarPlay phone calls on iPhone 14
  • Fixes a bug that caused Camera to launch slowly or switch between modes on iPhone 14 Pro, 14 Pro Max
  • Fixes a bug that caused Mail to crash on launch after receiving a malformed email
Bug Fixes
16.1 20B82 SydneyB October 24, 2022
  • New Features
    • Introduces support for Matter accessories.
    • Battery percentage is now available on iPhone XR, iPhone 11, iPhone 12 mini, and iPhone 13 mini
    • Adds "Clean Energy Charging", a feature that attempts to reduce carbon dioxide emissions when charging by selectively charging when cleaner energy is available.
    • Dynamic battery indicator
    • Introduces the ability to run Stage Manager on iPad Pro models using the A12X and A12Z chips.
    • Three-finger gesture bug fixed
    • Adds the ability to remove the Wallet app if desired, where previously users were unable to remove it.
    • Re-introduces the Live Activities API (also known as ActivityKit), allowing developers to create interactive UIs that exist on the Lock Screen as well as the Dynamic Island of the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max.
  • Improvements
    • Redesigns the Wallpaper settings pane in Settings, allowing users to change their Home Screen / Lock Screen wallpaper from within the app, along with the ability to create a new wallpaper pair.
    • The ability to display the battery percentage has been enabled on iPhone XR, iPhone 11, iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 13 mini.
    • The battery icon when "Show battery percentage" is enabled in Settings -> Battery now shows a visual indicator of the battery level while displaying the percentage number, where previously it was static, enabling users to easily glance at the status bar for their battery percentage without having to read the actual number.
    • The "% charged" text when an iOS device is plugged in and charging, an iOS 15.x and earlier behavior, has been brought back.
    • The menu that appears when tapping "Done" on the screenshot management UI has been redesigned to use a context menu that appears below its respective button, instead of the older popup menu that appeared at the bottom of the screen.
  • Issues
    • Stage Manager issues: Due to performance issues, external display support for Stage Manager on M1 and M2 iPads has been made unavailable at iPadOS 16.1 launch and will be available on iPadOS 16.2.[10]
Feature Update
16.1.1 20B101 SydneyB November 9, 2022
  • Bug fixes
Bug Fixes
16.2 beta 3 20C5049e SydneyCSeed November 15, 2022
  • iPhones in India now support 5G
  • New Freeform App
  • New Medications Lock Screen widgets
  • When emergency services is accidentally activated, a survey will be asked to fill out about unintentional SOS calls
  • Disable Wallpaper option in Always On Display mode.
  • Hide Notifications option when AOD is enabled.
  • Satellite texting is now available for iPhone 14 devices (Available in the US and Canada).
  • New Get Battery Status action in Shortcuts. Use this new action to obtain the current battery percentage, or to find out if your device is plugged into a charger or is charging.
  • New Home app splash screen highlighting
  • Bug fixes
  • Security fixes
Beta Release
16.2 beta 3 (b) 20C7750490f SydneyCSeed November 29, 2022
  • Security Response
Beta Release

Legend:   Past   Current   Beta   Security Response

System features

Freeform

Freeform is a whiteboard app that lets users collaborate together in real time.

Lock screen

Title change

For the first time in Chinese interface, iOS 16 rewrites the title of the user from "您" and "您的" to the current "你" and "你的", and some third-party applications still keep the title "您" and "您的". When using the system for the first time, in the agreement dialogue on the same screen, you can see two different appellations of "您" and "你" to address the user at the same time. There is no information to explain the reason for the change of title.

Improved focus mode

Notifications

Control Center

Status bar

The status bar can now display the battery percentage on iPhones with Face ID, so the user doesn't need to pull-down the Control Center to see it.

Settings in landscape

The Settings app now also supports the landscape mode, showing on the left the setting list and on the right the current opened setting page.

Improved dictation

During text dictation the keyboard is always present and allows the user to switch from speech to manual typing and vice versa without interruptions. It is also possible to insert emojis through dictation. Auto-Punctuation automatically inserts a period when there is a pause in the dictation.

Improved Live Text

Improved Visual Search

Siri improvements

Spotlight

Translate

Spoken Content

Improved accessibility

Wi-Fi network improvements

Previously saved Wi-Fi networks are now shown which can be edited, deleted or selected to view the network password after authentication via Face ID or Touch ID. Prior to this change, users’ only option for removing previously connected-to networks was to tap ‘forget this network’ from within the settings app which could only be done if currently connected to that network. Users also had (and still have) the ability to wipe all previously known networks from their iOS devices by choosing ‘erase network settings’ from Settings—>General->Transfer or reset iPhone(at bottom)->Reset->Reset Network Settings. The latter option is frequently advised to those seeking to fix a multitude of both Wi-Fi and cellular network issues arising on users iOS devices.

Cellular network improvements

During the configuration of the Cellular Network, the eSIM from another iPhone can be transferred via Bluetooth.

Backup

Backups to iCloud can now also be made on 4G, alongside 5G and Wi-Fi.

Face ID

Face ID now works when the phone is oriented horizontally. It is limited to the iPhone 13 models and the iPhone 14 models.

Keyboard

Haptic feedback can be enabled for the keyboard; while typing text a small vibration can be felt which simulates the pressing of mechanical keys.

Controller support

iOS 16, iPadOS 16, and tvOS 16 now support connecting Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons and Pro Controllers.[11]

Augmented Reality

A new framework dubbed RoomPlan will allow apps to quickly create 3D floor plans of rooms using the LiDAR Scanner introduced with the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max.[12]

App features

Messages

FaceTime

Live Captions automatically transcribes what is said during a FaceTime call.

Mail

Maps

Photos

Camera

Safari

Notes

Contacts

Calendar

Files

Tips

Books

Health

Apple News

Weather

Fitness

Home

Apple TV

iOS 16 allows cross-device connectivity in tvOS 16 for new experiences between Apple TV, Apple Watch, and iPhone.

Security and privacy

Lockdown mode

Lockdown mode is a special mode that, when activated, raises the security to the highest possible level by restricting some features of the OS, apps and web platform, in order to protect users from the rarest and most sophisticated attacks.[15]

Unlike many other security features, lockdown mode is regarded as an “extreme, optional”[15] mode that is not intended to be activated by the majority of users. Rather, it is designed as a defense against advanced malware and mercenary spyware, such as clickless exploits or zero-click attacks, which are often hyper-targeted toward influential individuals such as journalists, diplomats, politicians, activists, lawyers, and high-profile business people.[16][17]

It is possible to disable the Lockdown mode on specific websites and apps by acting from the Safari’s Website Settings and the Lockdown mode's Web Browsing setting.

Passkeys

Passkeys allows the user to authenticate to services that implement WebAuthn across their devices without using passwords. Passkeys are generated by the phone and permission is granted via Face ID or Touch ID. Apple additionally makes sense of that since passkeys use AutoFill and Face ID or Touch ID for biometric verification.[18]

Safety Check

Safety Check resets all access permissions given to people, apps, and devices for an iCloud account when activated; this is designed to help those in abusive relationships.

Rapid Security Response

Important security updates are now distributed without requiring an entire OS update. Users can optionally remove the security updates, although the standard update will still include the security fixes.[19]

Clipboard security improved

Applications and websites now require permission to copy from the clipboard.

Private Access Tokens

Private Access Tokens are a new technology that replaces CAPTCHAs and helps in identifying HTTP requests from legitimate devices and people without compromising their identity or personal information.[20]

Brand Indicators for Message Identification

Brand Indicators for Message Identification (BIMI) helps users to easily verify authenticated emails sent by brands by displaying the brand's logo alongside the email's header.

Supported devices

iOS 16 marks the first time since iOS 13 that Apple dropped support for any device. The following devices with Apple A9 and A10 Fusion chips had support dropped: the iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone SE (1st generation), and iPod touch (7th generation). The cutoff for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus has been criticized due to the iPad 5th, 6th, and 7th generations supporting iPadOS 16 despite having similar or even weaker hardware.[21]

The supported devices, iPhones with A11 Bionic chips or newer, include the following.[22]

See also

References

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