Apple iOS 16 and iPadOS 16: how to download, new features, supported devices

ByLance T. Lee

Sep 12, 2022

You can also see order tracking directly in Apple Pay, although this is only available at participating merchants. And if you’re a small business owner, you’ll be able to accept Apple Pay payments through iPhone instead of having to use a separate terminal.

In Apple Wallet, you can already add your digital driver’s license if you’re in Maryland or Arizona, and Apple says support for 11 more states is on the way. You can use this ID for apps that require identification, and Apple says it only displays necessary information, such as that you’re over 21, instead of your full date of birth. You can also simply share your house, hotel, office, and car keys through messaging apps like Messages, WhatsApp, and Mail. Apple says it’s working on a standard to support sharing these keys with people who don’t have iPhones.

free form

Apple is currently working on launching an app called Freeform. Think of it as a virtual whiteboard. You can start a FaceTime and jump into Freeform to collaborate with or without Apple Pencil. It will be available on iOS, iPadOS and MacOS.

iCloud Shared Photo Library

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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.

iPadOS 16

iPadOS shares a lot of DNA with iOS, so many of the iOS 16 features mentioned above will apply to iPadOS 16, too. Here are some additional tablet-specific features coming next month.

Easier collaboration

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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, be able to see updates, and quickly start FaceTime calls with people on a collaborative project.

The weather app is coming

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No, it’s not 2010. The iPad finally gets a default weather app. Need I say more? Then maybe Apple will finally bring the calculator app to the tablet.

Office-like multitasking

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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.

Reference mode

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.

September 15, 2022 correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that iPadOS 16 was compatible with iPad Air (2nd generation) and iPad Mini (4th generation), but that is not the case. We have corrected it and regret the error.


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