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iOS 16: Will it launch today? Should you update your iPhone now?

iOS 16 update is expected to get a release date later today at the Apple launch event. Here is all we know about it.

| Updated on: Sep 07 2022, 11:16 IST
Apple WWDC 2022: Top 10 iOS 16 features coming to your iPhones
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1/10 Customizable lock screen for iPhones: Apple has substantially upgraded the iOS lock screens with features such as ability to create and edit custom lock screens, add filters, change font styles. This is the biggest lock screen update on iPhones since the launch of iOS itself. (Apple)
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2/10 Wallpaper Gallery: Apple has introduced lock screen gallery in iOS 16. It will have a plethora of wallpapers that users can choose from. Various apps like weather will also provide a live wallpaper feature. (Apple)
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3/10 Widgets: Apple has also refreshed widgets and you can now enable them on your lock screen itself. From Music, Weather, to Smart Stack, you will now be able to bring all your important apps’ widgets to your lock screens. Now, you can even create custom lock screens and match them to your Focus modes. (Apple)
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4/10 Messages: The Messages app has also received a major update with some long-requested features. You can now unsend messages and even have the option to edit already sent messages! Isn’t that amazing? Oh, and SharePlay now works in Messages too. (Apple)
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5/10 Maps: Apple Maps has been updated to support visual look-around. Apple has introduced the multi-stop functionality to Maps as well as seamless integration with Apple Wallet. (Apple)
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6/10 LiveText: LiveText: One of the most popular Apple features, LiveText also has been improved. You can now use LiveText in videos as well as other apps. (Apple)
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7/10 Dictation: Dictation on Apple has just got smarter thanks to machine learning. You can now select a text and use dictation to edit it, or type an entire paragraph with your voice. The keyboard stays open to seamlessly shift between voice and touch. It even includes emoji detection and punctuation detection! (Apple)
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8/10 Notifications: iOS Notifications has also received some much-needed updates. Notifications will now be categorized from the bottom, keeping the lock screen cluster-free. (Apple)
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9/10 Visual Lookup: Visual Lookup has been improved. You can now tap and hold an object for Visual Lookup as well as send that object to someone as a message. (Apple)
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10/10 Mail: The Mail app has been updated. It now has several excellent features such as un-send mails, follow up, remind me later, and more. (Apple)
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iOS 16 update is expected to get a launch date announcement later tonight.  (Amritanshu / HT Tech)

While today's Apple Far Out event will be all about the iPhone 14, we also expect Apple to make some announcements regarding the iOS 16 software. Announced originally at the WWDC 2022 event, the iOS 16 update is bringing some vast changes to the iPhone user experience this year. The focus is largely on a customised experience but there are some additional features that make the iOS experience smarter and easier to use. iOS 16 still remains in beta testing.

The iOS 16 update has been promised to reach a vast number of iPhone devices this year. If you use an iPhone 8 or newer model, you are bound to get the iOS 16 update as a free OTA download later this year. Sadly, users of the iPhone 6s, iPhone iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and iPhone SE 1st Gen will miss out on iOS 16. Nonetheless, we have collated some basic details on iOS 16 that most of you will be interested in this year.

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iOS 16: Will it launch tonight?

That seems less likely. Every year, Apple takes over a week at least to release the latest version of iOS to all supported iPhones. Hence, Apple could be releasing the iOS 16 stable update to users earliest by next week, if things go well. Based on the beta version we have seen, a delay in release is less likely this year.

iOS 16: Should you download it ASAP?

Usually, iOS updates in their first release often tag along bugs and issues, and hence it is advised to wait until the first few reported bugs are patched. However, the beta version of iOS 16 has been relatively stable and battery life has been good as well, especially on the iPhone 13 Pro Max, iPhone 13 Mini, iPhone SE 3rd Gen, and iPhone SE 2nd Gen. Hence, we think it won't be a sin to download the iOS 16 update as soon as it gets released.

iOS 16: Which iPhones will get it?

The iOS 16 update will be compatible with the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max, iPhone XR, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max, iPhone 13 Mini, iPhone SE 2nd Generation, and iPhone SE 3rd Generation. The iPhone 6s and iPhone 7 generation will miss out.

iOS 16: Will your iPad get it?

No, iPads will get a separate iPadOS 16 update. Sadly, the iPadOS 16 now gets it own separate release schedule and based on recent comments from Apple, it seems that the iPadOS 16 will get a delayed release. In fact, Apple could directly release the iPadOS 16.1 update almost a month later.

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First Published Date: 07 Sep, 11:16 IST