iOS 16 for iPhone relies on privacy and interface

This is the year it could have gone either way. Either Apple could have continued with an incremental update for the next iOS for iPhone. Or there could have been wholesale changes. Yet Apple has found a third way. A middle path, which mixes the two a bit, for iOS 16 which will be rolling out to iPhones later this year. Highlights include a redesigned lock screen, updates to the iMessage platform, as well as a new privacy tool called Safety Check, FaceTime versatility, CarPlay, health app expansion as well as Share family, especially for managing children’s devices.

In case you’re wondering when your iPhone will be able to get the iOS 16 update, it’s a three-step process before you get to the final version. Developer previews, which are essentially very early test builds, are now shared with developers. There is a promise that public betas will roll out next month. The final release will be in the fall (this will be the September and October timeline; some time right after the next iPhone unveiling), giving developers and the public a few months head start with test builds. That said, it’s not recommended at all to run test builds on what might be your primary iPhone, as these may contain bugs that may restrict functionality.

For once, the iPhone will allow extensive customization even before unlocking the screen. Incoming options include the ability to change font styles and colors for things you know well, such as the clock. There will also be a layer for adding widgets, something Apple will also give access to third-party app developers, for their apps. Additionally, there will also be multiple lock screens, which can be accessed by swiping right or left. App notifications will now also show up, as Apple calls it, from the bottom of the lock screen. Don’t want to be distracted? Swipe them down and all you’ll be left with is a helpful notification number guideline.

Focus, a more versatile evolution of Do Not Disturb (DND) that was present on Android phones, can also be tied to different lock screens. A simple swipe would activate the linked profile – a screen might be set to keep the work app (such as email and calendar notifications) in the foreground, but maybe a lock screen with a background Your child’s screen can be set to focus on messages and personal emails, but keep the official email account and calendar notifications aside.

Messages are given a rather versatile set of features. You will now be able to edit a message that has already been sent and have the option to delete (reminder is the word you are looking for here) a message that has been sent. This would be great news if you have a habit of typing mistakes or sending messages without thinking. Either option is perfectly acceptable, in an emergency situation. Once iOS 16 hits town, the Messages app will also let users mark messages as unread, which is a good way to quickly realize later which chats you might need to come back to.

A new privacy tool called Safety Check will be part of iOS 16, which may be useful for users whose personal safety may be at risk from domestic violence. This will help quickly remove any access they have granted to others, such as location access, within the family group. This will also include an emergency reset for a quick sign out of iCloud on all their other devices, while resetting privacy permissions for apps. The tool will allow you to choose with whom to share access to their information. Any new messages sent to the person taking all these precautions will only land on the device they are using at the time, and not on any other synced device such as another iPhone, iPad or Mac.

For parents who need to set up an Apple device for their children, Family Sharing will be more intuitive, in terms of the options it offers and the guidance it can provide. For example, you’ll be able to set the child’s age and each app’s content filters will be adjusted accordingly – this will also include content such as movies, books and music. The same settings carry over when a new device is set up for the child later. Speaking of configurations, parents will be able to set up a new device for their child by bringing their iPhone closer, with all account configurations replicated.

There are also two changes on the health and fitness front. First, the Fitness app on iPhones, which until now only worked well if you synced an Apple Watch, will now be open to all iPhone users. It will use data from various iPhone sensors to track your movements and activity. Calorie burn calculations will be an estimate, but users will get a fair idea of ​​their activity levels.

The companion app, called Health, will add a new feature called Drugs. You’ll be able to add medication reminders, track if you’ve been on schedule, and keep an eye on your family with shared medication lists. The app, based on the medications you have logged in, will alert you to interactions to avoid, such as with other medications or food and alcohol.


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    Vishal Mathur is technology editor for Hindustan Times. When he doesn’t understand technology, he often searches for an elusive analog space in a digital world.
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