Apple iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 (2022): how to download, new features, supported devices
Visual Look Up is a different feature introduced by Apple last year that offered more information about the photo you were looking at, such as details about a landmark or similar web results. It now supports birds, bugs, and statues, but you can also use it to grab the subject of a photo (much like using the Lasso tool in PhotoShop) to paste it anywhere, like in a conversation thread in Messages.
Apple has updated the Health app with a new Medications tab to make it easier to track your medications. You can use it to add medications you need to take and set reminders (and receive them on the Apple Watch). You can type in these drugs manually or simply scan the bottle label with your phone’s camera. Data includes critical, severe or moderate interactions with the pills. You can also log in when you have taken your medication. You can share this health data with your family members.
Use your iPhone as a webcam
You can use your iPhone as a MacBook webcam (rear cameras, which are significantly better than webcam cameras), and without needing to plug anything in, your Mac will automatically detect the rear camera and use it for your video calls. (Any MacBook that can run MacOS Ventura will support this feature.) You’ll be able to use features like Center Stage, which lets the camera follow you around a room, and Portrait Mode, which blurs the background to block out the mess behind you. There’s even a Desk View mode that uses the ultra-wide camera to show people what’s on your desk, even if I don’t want anyone to see it. Belkin offers a custom stand that you can use to fit your iPhone on top of the MacBook.
Apple Maps goes to Vegas
Apple has slowly redesigned some cities in the United States to display richer data. The company added Las Vegas, Nevada, to the list, along with six other cities to come by the end of the year. Other Maps updates include the ability to add up to 15 stops before your final destination, which is great for long road trips (and you can set it up on a Mac and send it straight to your iPhone). If you use public transit, you can now view fares, add transit cards, view low balances, and top up transit cards.
To help protect your devices against “highly sophisticated cyberattacks”, Lock Mode adds an extra extreme layer of protection to your iPhone and iPad. When enabled, features, apps, and websites will be restricted for security reasons to prevent malware or spyware from accessing and compromising specific data. You can learn more about lock mode and how to enable it here.
This new tool lets you quickly remove any access you may have granted to anyone in your circles, and includes an emergency reset that will sign you out of iCloud on all other devices, reset privacy permissions, and will limit messaging to the device you have in your hand. It also shows you who has access to your devices and apps.
Now there’s an easier process to set up devices for kids. Just bring your iPhone close to your iPad and choose your children’s account. It will set it up with all the parental controls you set up before. You can even grant Screen Time extensions in the Messages app instead of having to go to device settings. There’s also a family checklist tool for suggestions like turning on location sharing, changing settings as your kids grow, and more.
iCloud Shared Photo Library
You’ll soon be able to set up an iCloud Shared Photo Library, the same way you can set up shared Photo Libraries in Google Photos. Just add up to five other people to a library and anyone can add and edit family photos. You can choose which photos to share, including whether you want to base them on a start date or via face detection. There’s also a toggle in the Camera app that you can turn on to automatically send the photo you capture to the shared library. If you’re all on vacation, those photos might even automatically appear in the shared library based on your proximity to family members.
Other New Features
There are tons of other iOS 16 features. Here are a few more of note:
- Mail: You can now schedule emails, unsend emails (within a short time), get reminders to add an attachment if you mention the word, snooze emails, and get suggestions feedback. Apple also overhauled the search feature, so you should have an easier time finding old emails.
- House: The Home app has been completely redesigned. It will support the upcoming Matter standard, and now you can see your whole home in one stream.
- FaceTime call forwarding: When using FaceTiming on your phone, bring the device closer to your MacBook or iPad and the call will transfer to your large screen device. It works with any MacBook that can run macOS Ventura.
- Aptitude: Yes, it’s true. The Fitness app is ultimately available to anyone with an iPhone. No Apple Watch needed. You can close your rings without having to wear your Apple Watch. There are also a bunch of new WatchOS features designed for tracking runs.
- Apple News: A new My Sports section lets you follow your favorite teams and players in one area of the News app. You can see scores, schedules, standings and highlights. It’s available in the US, UK, Canada and Australia, and you’ll get premium coverage if you subscribe to Apple News+.
- Car Play: Apple is working with automakers on a redesigned CarPlay experience. This includes a customizable odometer, buttons to control every facet of the car, and a unified interface. The first cars to launch with this new experience will be announced at the end of 2023.
- Accessibility: Key accessibility features include door detection, which allows people who are blind or visually impaired to use iPhones to see the area in front of them. Apple Watch Mirroring allows anyone with a physical or motor disability to fully control the Apple Watch from the iPhone.
- Quick Notes: This iPad feature is now available on iPhones. You can create a note anywhere by accessing it from Control Center.
- Nintendo Controller Support: iOS16 add support for Nintendo Switch Pro controller and Joy-Cons, so you can play games with them. iOS already supports PS5 and Xbox Series X controllers.
iPadOS shares a lot of DNA with iOS, so many of the iOS 16 features mentioned above will also apply to iPadOS 16. Here are some additional tablet-specific features that come with the new operating system.
Sharing projects can be a pain, especially adding email addresses and granting access. In iPadOS 16 (and iOS 16 and MacOS Ventura), you can use the Share button in Files, Keynote, Issues, Pages, Notes, Reminders, and Safari, and simply share access via Messages to the relevant thread. Everyone will have immediate access to it and can see updates and quickly start FaceTime calls with people involved in a collaborative project.
The weather app is coming
No, it’s not 2010. The iPad finally got a default weather app. Need I say more? Then maybe Apple will finally bring the calculator app to the tablet.
The iPad continues to behave even more like a desktop computer. With Stage Manager, you can see apps and windows on the left side of the screen and navigate through them with just a touch. Your apps will appear as floating windows, and you can resize and overlap them, much like on macOS. Unfortunately, Stage Manager only works on iPads powered by M1, which is a small subset of slates.
Apple’s 12.9-inch iPad Pro (from 2021) has a mini LED display that can be used as a reference monitor. Basically, creators need color-accurate displays, and a new Reference Mode will allow professionals to use this iPad display to ensure consistent image quality.
All of the aforementioned features are currently accessible in iOS and iPadOS 16, but there are a few that will be released with future updates. Apple hasn’t given us an exact date to expect them other than later this year or in a future update.
Pay later with Apple Pay
Services that let you buy now but pay later have been pushed back by consumer analysts, but Apple is pushing ahead with its own version called Apple Pay Later. In a future update, you’ll be able to split the cost of an Apple Pay purchase into four equal payments over six weeks with no interest or fees. You’ll also have the option to request Apple Pay Later when you pay with Apple Pay (Apple says it will do a smooth credit check), and you’ll need to have it with a debit card. Apple says it’s available wherever Apple Pay is accepted online or in the app.