Lock screen widgets, Messages upgrade and windows for iPad: what’s new in iOS 16


WWDC 2022 is just days away. Therefore, it is logical that more and more new details about the new products that Apple will show at the conference began to appear in the information field. The headliner of the event is promised to be the operating systems of the company, each of which will receive a major update with a large number of innovations.

But, if there are not so many details about macOS, watchOS and tvOS yet, then something is already known about iOS 16 , which is expected, perhaps more than anyone else. Let’s figure out what exactly.

According to Bloomberg, iOS 16 will be a pretty significant update . Despite rumors that the next version of Apple’s mobile OS may be a passing update, the sources of the publication claim that in fact everything will be exactly the opposite. The platform for the iPhone is waiting for a lot of innovations , some of which are already known to us.

What’s new in iOS 16

iOS 16 will get a new lock screen

The first innovation on the list, but not least, will be the updated lock screen . Bloomberg columnist Mark Gurman argues that Apple wants to make this element of the operating system more functional and useful. It will be able to display not only notifications from applications, but also a wide range of other data that can be useful.

Probably, we are talking about widgets for the iPhone lock screen . Apple already tried to introduce them a few years ago, but got scared of something and placed them on a separate screen that opened with a swipe. Of course, this did not contribute to the popularity of widgets, and as a result they were simply removed. But this time it promises to be different.

Messages on iPhone

Apple still refuses to recognize Messages as a dead messenger

The Messages app is also waiting for an upgrade. Although, Apple no longer focuses on what iMessage will improve, which, in principle, can be considered dead. According to Bloomberg, Messages in iOS 16 will get a more modern look that will make the app look like popular instant messengers or social networks.

What these innovations will be is not yet very clear, but Mark Gurman claims that the main upgrade will affect the interface design, as well as the method of interacting with voice messages, which are not very popular in the Apple messenger . However, whether this will help Messages to pull the audience from WhatsApp and Telegram is a big question.

Always On Display on iPhone

Always-On Display technology will make it easier to interact with the iPhone and save its charge

Another innovation is Always On Display. This is a technology that allows you to apply voltage to individual points of the AMOLED screen and display an image on it, practically without consuming the energy of the smartphone.

According to rumors, Apple has long planned to implement something similar in the iPhone, but something prevented her. This year, Always On Display will finally be a feature on the devices, it’s a pity that not all, but only the newest ones.

Although, in a slightly different form. Apple decided not to use the Samsung technique, when the image on the AMOLED screen is drawn schematically, only at the edges. Instead, Cupertino has relied on the technology used in the Apple Watch, which displays a full-color image as if the screen was fully active. And, in order to reduce the power consumption of the iPhone, Apple decided to lower the refresh rate to 1 Hz.

Multitasking on iPad

Windows is finally coming to iPadOS 16

In iPadOS 16 , which is actually an integral part of iOS 16, innovations specific to tablets will appear. It is planned that with the release of the update, Apple’s branded “tablets” will have support for windows. Finally, iPadOS is becoming like macOS. Windows allows users to keep multiple applications open and quickly switch between them without going to the multitasking menu.

In fact, Apple is going to implement the same mode of operation on tablets as on desktop platforms. The windows of running applications will be superimposed on each other, they can be dragged, resized and do everything with them the same as on macOS . However, it is not yet very clear how Apple will achieve comfortable interaction through touch controls, but there is no doubt that the company’s developers will cope.

What’s new in macOS 13

macOS 13 and iOS 16 will become even more similar to each other interface

macOS 13 is waiting for even deeper mutual integration with iOS 16 . In the next version of the OS, Apple developers will revise the style of the settings menu to unify them with the mobile platform. As a result, all system settings will become more friendly for users who are just learning macOS and may be confused about their location or purpose.

In addition, macOS 13 is waiting for a redesign of some default applications. Bloomberg does not reveal exactly what changes will affect them, but most likely it will be a fit for a single style with iOS. Apple made it clear last year that it has no plans to merge its platforms, but wants to make them as similar to each other as possible in appearance, so that users feel within a single workspace.

Where to watch the iOS 16 presentation

We will be live streaming WWDC 2022

The presentation of iOS 16 , macOS 13, tvOS 16 and watchOS 9 will take place on June 6, the first day of the WWDC 2022 conference. In addition, other new items may be presented at the event. For example, new devices. One of the most anticipated gadgets is the M2 based MacBook Air. Whether it will come out or not is not yet clear, but if you believe the rumors, the laptop is already ready and is about to go into production.