Apple unveiled iOS 16, which includes the most significant upgrade to the Lock Screen in the company’s history, as well as new sharing, communication, and intelligence capabilities that will transform how iPhone owners interact with their devices. iOS 16 offers iCloud Shared Photo Library, which allows users to easily share a collection of photographs with family, as well as tweaks to Messages and Mail, which make it easier to keep in touch, and substantial improvements to Live Text and Visual Look Up.
Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering, Craig Federighi, said, “iOS 16 is a substantial release with enhancements that will revolutionise the way you enjoy iPhone.” “With exciting new features that make it more personal and helpful, we’ve reimagined how the Lock Screen looks and works,” says Apple. “We’ve also introduced iCloud Shared Photo Library for families, streamlined communication with new capabilities in Messages and Mail, and harnessed enhanced intelligence with updates to Live Text and Visual Look Up.”
Experience a Personalized Lock Screen
With iOS 16, the Lock Screen becomes more personal, elegant, and useful. The subjects of images are elegantly arranged in front of the clock on the Lock Screen with a new layering effect, producing a feeling of depth. With expressive text styles and colour choices, users may vary the appearance of the date and time.
The Lock Screen includes widgets inspired by Apple Watch complexities, allowing you to quickly access information like upcoming calendar events, weather, battery levels, alarms, time zones, Activity ring progress, and more.
Apple collections such as Pride and Unity to commemorate key cultural occasions, a Weather wallpaper to observe real weather conditions as they change throughout the day, and an Astronomy wallpaper to enjoy views of the Earth, moon, and solar system are all available in a new Lock Screen gallery. Users may also use their favourite emoji or colour combinations to create Lock Screens. Users may switch between their favourite Lock Screens with only a swipe if they have numerous Lock Screens.
Live Activity is a new feature on the Lock Screen that allows users to remain on top of activities that are happening in real-time, such as a sports game, workout, ride-share, or food delivery order.
Focus on achieving balance
Focus is now more powerful, quicker to set up, and integrates with the Lock Screen, allowing users to associate a Lock Screen wallpaper and widgets with a certain Focus. Users may just slide to the matching Lock Screen to activate a Focus. Apps like Calendar, Mail, Messages and Safari may employ Focus filters to display just the material that is relevant to a user’s Focus, assisting them in finding a better balance.
With iCloud Shared Photo Library, you can keep all of your family photos in one place
iCloud Shared Photo Library provides a new option for families to share images in a seamless manner by creating a distinct iCloud library that up to six members may work on, contribute to, and enjoy. Users may share existing images from their own collections, as well as share photos based on a start date or persons in the photos. A new setting in the Camera app allows users to automatically share photographs to the Shared Library. Users will also receive intelligent recommendations to share a photo with others from the Shared Photo Library. Every user in the Shared Photo Library can add, remove, modify, or favourite the shared photographs or videos that will display in the Shared Photo Library.
Enhancements to Live Text and Visual Lookup
Live Text is an iOS app that recognises text in photographs using on-device intelligence, and it’s now expanding to incorporate video. Users may pause a video at any point in the video and interact with the text. Users may also change currencies, translate text, and do other things with Live Text.
Visual Look Up expands on photographs by adding a new feature that allows users to press and hold on to an image’s topic to lift it from the backdrop and insert it in applications like Messages. Birds, insects, and monuments are all recognised using Visual Look Up.
Apple Pay Later, Order Tracking, and Other Features Have Been Added to Wallet
Apple Pay Later is a convenient and safe way for Apple Pay customers in the United States to divide the amount of an Apple Pay purchase into four equal payments over the course of six weeks, with no interest or fees.
3 Apple Pay Later, which is integrated into Apple Wallet and developed with customers’ financial health in mind, makes it simple to monitor, manage, and reimburse Apple Pay Later payments from inside the Wallet. Users may sign up for Apple Pay Later in Wallet or when checking out with Apple Pay. Apple Pay Later is available anywhere that accepts Apple Pay via the Mastercard network, whether online or in-app. 4 Users may now obtain comprehensive receipts with Apple Pay Order Tracking.
Wallet’s support for keys and IDs have been enhanced. Users may use their ID in Wallet to verify their identity and age in applications that need it. Only the information required for the transaction will be supplied to the app, and the user may review and have permission to share it using Face ID or Touch ID to provide a private and secure experience. Users may also securely share their house, hotel, business, and auto keys in Wallet via chat applications like Messages, Mail, and others.