The wait is over. Apple has released iOS 16 to the public. You can download the latest version of the company’s mobile operating system by opening the Settings app on your iPhone and tapping General, followed by Software, then Update. The software is available on iPhone 8 and later.
The theme of iOS 16 is personalization. Apple has redesigned the iPhone lock screen to give you more control over the interface. You can now customize the font and accent color of the on-screen clock and date to better match your wallpaper. In addition, you can add widgets to your home screen and change the information that appears at the top of the screen. It’s also now possible to create multiple lock screens and bind them to specific focus modes. Complementing these changes are redesigned notifications that support a feature called Live Activity, which makes it easier to track things like scores and Uber rides.
Other notable new features include the ability to edit and cancel messages in iMessage. You can also mark texts as unread to remind you to read them later. On the iPhone XS and later, you can use the Photos app to copy an object from a picture and paste it somewhere else with no background. Apple has also added support for passkeys to add an extra layer of security to your online credentials. Passkeys work with non-Apple products and are available through your iCloud keychain.
One thing to note with today’s update is that iPadOS 16 will arrive at a later date to give Apple more time to improve the software’s Stage Manager feature.
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