iOS 16: UK release date, beta details and new features

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iOS 16 focuses on the iPhone experience and new ways to customize the look and feel of your phone

When the next version of Apple’s iPhone software comes out later this year, users will be able to edit and even retrieve recently sent messages.

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According to Apple, the iOS update is focused on personalizing the iPhone experience and introducing new options to change the way the phone looks and performs.

Here’s everything you need to know about it.

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what’s new

Each year, WWDC is used to preview new software releases that will support Apple’s most popular devices, including the iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad and Mac computers.

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The next installment of Apple’s iPhone software, iOS 16, will also feature a revamped lock screen that users can customize more deeply with different fonts, photo effects, and interactive notifications.

It’s the most significant visual overhaul of the iPhone operating system since the release of the iPhone X.

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The lock screen also works with the “Focus” tools introduced with iOS 15 last year, and users can have alternative lock screens depending on their needs – for example, if you’re at work you can choose a specific collection of widgets.

iOS 16 will also include an Apple Pay update called Apple Pay Later, which will allow customers to split the amount of an Apple Pay purchase into four installments over six weeks with no interest or other fees.

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It hopes to compete with services like Klarna and ClearPay – although initially it will only be available in the United States. – and Apple is also partnering with e-commerce company Shopify to let users track the status of their orders in the Apple Wallet app.

Apple CEO Tim Cook delivers a keynote speech during WWDC22 (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

A new personal security feature called Safety Check was also announced, allowing users to review account and data access granted to others, including location sharing, and reset it if they leave an abusive relationship.

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Apple also announced a new feature called Passkeys, which will replace typing passwords with either fingerprint or face scan authentication when logging in on an Apple device.

Other new features include:

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  • Dictation has been changed to make it easier to switch between dictating and editing text using the keyboard
  • Users can cut and paste text from a paused movie using Live Text
  • Apple Maps allows users to create multi-stop routes and sync them between iOS and Macs
  • A new “Shared Photo Library” allows families to easily organize and share all their photos taken together in one online library
  • The fitness app, previously only available for Apple Watch users, will now also be available for iPhones, tracking steps and movements
  • You can use your iPhone as a webcam on any Mac computer with “pass-through camera”.

Can I access the iOS 16 beta?

The first iOS 16 developer beta was released on June 6, 2022. It is currently only available to those who have a paid Apple Developer Account.

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The initial developer beta is often buggy and not stable enough for average users to use on a daily basis.

If you plan to use your iPhone to get early access to iOS 16 via the beta program, it’s best to wait until the first public beta (due out next month), which is much more stable than the developer beta.

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Redesigned MacBook Air laptops also debuted at WWDC22 (Picture: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

What devices will it be compatible with?

The new features will be available on many older iPhones, but with iOS 16 Apple dropped support for the iPhone 6s/6s Plus, iPhone SE (first generation) and iPhone 7/7 Plus.

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The new iOS is most likely designed to work alongside the iPhone 14, which is expected to have an always-on display.

The list of all iPhones compatible with iOS 16:

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  • iPhone 8 and 8 Plus
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone XS and XS Max
  • iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone SE (2nd generation)
  • All iPhone 12 models
  • iPhone 13 models
  • iPhone SE (3rd generation)

When will iOS 16 be released?

A specific release date for the new iOS has not yet been announced, but Apple expects it to be available for a public release this fall.

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What else has been announced?

Apple also unveiled a revamped MacBook Air and a new MacBook Pro at the event, both of which will feature the second generation of Apple’s homegrown computing chip, the M2, which the company says will significantly boost performance and capability.

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Tim Cook, Apple’s Chief Executive, stated that the company’s “incredible products and innovative platforms will inspire developers to do the best work of their lives.”

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