Interactive Widgets and New Apps: What’s New in iOS 16


There is very little time left before the presentation of iOS 16. The new Apple operating system will be presented in just a few weeks at the WWDC 2022 conference , which will be held from June 6 to 10.

For the first time in several years, Cupertino decided to hold this event offline, inviting developers to participate in it in person. In the end, although the pandemic has not ended, it is no longer perceived as something terrible, allowing all of us to grow together with it and accept the virus as something natural.

I would like to believe that the innovations of iOS 16 will be perceived by users no less easily and naturally.

iOS 16

iOS 16 will be released in just a few weeks and will offer interactive widgets and new applications

Despite the fact that iOS 16 is not waiting for a large-scale redesign, some changes will still happen to it. According to Bloomberg , the new version of Apple’s OS will offer users new ways to interact with the system and a number of new applications that simply did not exist before.

What’s new in iOS 16

Interactivity can breathe new life into widgets

But what are these new ways of interacting, you might ask? In fact, I would not wait for new control gestures. Moreover, the old ones are quite good at managing the system. But what you can count on is improved widgets , which in the next version of iOS may become interactive.

Now widgets, although they make it possible to open applications to which they belong less often, it is almost impossible to interact with them on the desktop. Take at least the clock widget. It shows the current time in your region, and possibly some others. But to set an alarm without opening the application, the widget does not allow.

Apple wants to fix this by turning widgets from being visual, which they are for the most part, to being functional. Not only will this make their presence more justified from a practical point of view, but it will also reduce the number of actions that are necessary to complete certain tasks.

Simply put, what previously required launching an application can now be done right on the desktop.

Of course, adding interactivity to widgets is the right decision. Because even though Apple managed to make them better than Google at one time, in fact no one really uses them.

And why? They take up a lot of space on the desktop, they definitely don’t add beauty, but to solve certain issues, you still need to run the application. And Apple, as practice shows, is against everything useless. Therefore, widgets will try, if not to resurrect, then at least to breathe new life into them. Let’s see what happens.

New apps in iOS 16

Apple will definitely introduce Apple Music for classical music, and the rest of the apps are in doubt

But with new applications in iOS 16, everything is not so simple. Insider Mark Gurman, who wrote a column about them in Bloomberg, did not share any details at all on this matter, simply mentioning the appearance of fresh software as a fact.

But what could it be? There really aren’t that many app options that Apple might be adding to iOS this year. But let’s think about what it could be:

  • Apple Music for classical music
  • App to control AR headsets
  • Apple Food Delivery App
  • weight loss app

This little list, as you can imagine, is mostly just speculation. You can be sure only in the appearance of a separate Apple Music application for listening to classical music . Practice has shown that a full-time client does not allow to enjoy it completely, since it cannot competently combine different types of musical works.

For example, due to the features of the collection mechanism, Apple Music can combine completely incompatible things in one playlist, for example, interfering with overtures and arias.

I’m not talking about the fact that often one big concert can be divided into several recordings, and the algorithms of the Apple music application may not take this into account, which simply destroys the indivisibility of the work. The Apple Music Classical program should solve this problem.

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