Three weeks ago, Apple released iOS 16 which included a customizable Lock Screen, the ability to edit messages, improvements to Focus modes and much more. And iPhone and iPad users can expect even more new features in the coming months.
According to Apple, the iPhone and iPad will get ten new features later this year. Many of the features are included in iOS 16.1, which is currently in beta testing, but others will not be available until later this year.
iCloud Shared Photo Library
Using iCloud’s Shared Photo Library, you can quickly and easily send photos to friends and family through the Photos app. You and up to five other people will be able to collaborate on an iCloud photo library where anyone with access can add, edit or delete images.
Apple has announced that the release of the iCloud Shared Photo Library has been pushed back to later this year.
Live Activities for Third-Party Apps
With iOS 16.1 Live Activities will be available in App Store third-party apps. An iPhone user can monitor live events, like a sporting event or a food delivery order without ever leaving the Lock Screen or the Dynamic Island.
Live Activities can be viewed at the bottom of the Lock Screen on the iPhone 13, iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus. When the iPhone 14 Pro or iPhone 14 Pro Max is unlocked, the Live Activities section of the Dynamic Island appears while when the device is locked or in always-on display mode, the Live Activities section of the Lock Screen does.
Live Activity-enabled apps can be submitted to the App Store by developers once the iOS 16.1 Release Candidate is made available. Apple’s TV app will also support the feature for certain sports leagues, such as the MLB in the United States, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, Brazil, Mexico, Japan and South Korea and the NBA and Premier League in the United States and Canada.
Emergency SOS via Satellite
The new Emergency SOS via Satellite feature will be available on all four iPhone 14 models when they are released in the United States and Canada this coming November.
The Emergency SOS via Satellite feature is built into the latest generation of iPhones and allows users to connect directly to a satellite, enabling them to send text messages to emergency services even when they are not within the range of cellular or Wi-Fi coverage. Apple has stated that the service will be free for the first two years after its launch in the United States and Canada but it is possible that this will change in the future.
According to Apple, while sending a message via satellite might take 15 seconds in “ideal conditions with a direct view of the sky and the horizon,” it can take more than a minute “under trees with light or medium foliage.”
Apple Music Classical
Apple’s purchase of Primephonic, a classical music streaming service was announced in August 2021. Back in 2018, Apple announced plans to release a Primephonic-like app for classical music in 2022. Apple is still getting ready to release the Apple Music Classical app, but there aren’t many details available at this time.
Clean Energy Charging
To reduce the iPhone’s environmental impact, iOS 16.1 introduces Clean Energy Charging which “optimizes charging times for when the grid is using cleaner energy sources,” as Apple puts it. This functionality is currently restricted to the United States.
Apple Fitness+ Without an Apple Watch
With the release of iOS 16.1, iPadOS 16.1 and tvOS 16.1, Apple Fitness+ will become accessible to iPhone users without an Apple Watch. An Apple Watch is required for iPhone users to view workout data in real-time, such as heart rate and calorie burn.
Upon its release in the winter of 2020, Apple Fitness+ will offer users access to a library of more than 3,000 workout and meditation videos with additional content being added on a weekly basis. Accessible via the Fitness app on the iPhone, iPad and Apple TV, the service has a monthly price of $9.99 or an annual price of $79.99 in the United States.
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Late this year, according to Apple’s announcement, the iPhone and iPad will have access to a new digital whiteboard app called Freeform. The app boasts full support for the Apple Pencil and can be thought of as a “flexible canvas” that will allow users to “see, share and collaborate all in one place without worrying about layouts and page sizes.”
Users can initiate a Freeform session from within FaceTime and follow along with other participants’ progress within an iMessage thread.
Matter Accessories in Home App
In the near future, smart home devices that adhere to the Matter connectivity standard will be able to communicate with one another and with other smart home platforms like Apple’s HomeKit, Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Home. In a later update to the Home app on iOS and macOS, Apple has promised to add support for Matter.
A HomePod, HomePod mini, Apple TV 4K or Apple TV HD with the Home app installed and running is required to use the Matter accessories with Siri voice control.
Battery Percentage Icon For More iPhones
When using an iPhone with a notch, Apple has reinstated the battery percentage in the status bar removing the need to swipe down. As of iOS 16.1, the feature is available on the iPhone XR, iPhone 11, iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 13 mini as well.
Stage Manager for More iPad Pros
With the release of iPad 16.1, Apple has promised to bring Stage Manager to iPad Pros powered by the A12X and A12Z chips which are expected in 2018 and 2020, respectively.
On iPad Pro models from before 2018, Stage Manager will only be able to support four apps on the internal display. Apple has also stated that Stage Manager’s external display support will be reimplemented in a software update later this year for iPad Pro and iPad Air models with the M1 chip.
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