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ByLance T. Lee

Oct 2, 2022

Apple’s latest major software update for its iPhone line just dropped, and there are some really cool new additions this year, especially when it comes to your lock screen. Here are some of the best new features and some tips and tricks for getting the most out of iOS 16.

If you haven’t received an iOS 16 update notification yet, go to your iPhone’s Settings > General > Software Update and let it refresh. You should then be able to update. Just make sure your phone is plugged in or charged over 50% when you go to set it up.

If you have any questions before you get started, keep reading and we hope to answer them for you.

Let’s dive into what’s new in iOS 16 and how to get the most out of it. But first, check that your iPhone is one of those listed below. If it’s an iPhone 8 or newer, it’s probably compatible with iOS 16 – or if you just picked up a shiny new iPhone 14 or iPhone 14 Pro, it’ll already be installed.

iOS 16 is compatible with these devices.

The first four things you should do in iOS 16

There are dozens of new features in iOS 16 to make your iPhone even more useful, but there are a few that you’ll really want to play with as soon as the update is installed.

Set up your new custom lock screen, wallpaper and widgets

Perhaps iOS 16’s biggest update is how it handles your lock screen. You can showcase your favorite photos, customize font styles, and display a set of widgets for at-a-glance information.

Widgets on the lock screen allow you to quickly view data such as weather, calendar events, date, time zones, alarms, battery level, activity ring progress and more from your favorite apps.

You can also now create different lock screens, each with a unique backdrop and style, and easily switch between them. Browse a gallery of wallpapers with suggested photos and themed collections to inspire you. It’s as simple as a long press on your lock screen.

Customize your focus modes

With Focus filters, apps like Calendar, Mail, Messages, and Safari can show only content relevant to your Focus, helping you strike a better balance.

A new simplified setup for Focus lets you select which apps and people you want to receive notifications from by allowing or silencing them. Connect your lock screen to your Focus so your iPhone looks the way you want to use it in the moment.

And to switch between your Focus modes, all you have to do is swipe – switch between your personal focus and your work focus with widgets displaying upcoming meetings and to-do lists.

Try to activate your battery percentage

This one is pure personal preference. If you’re the type who needs to know exactly how much energy they have left for the day, give it a try.
Jump in your Settings > Battery and turn on Battery percentage. Or if you’re like me and like to live on the edge, keep everything as is.

Feel haptic feedback when typing

If you’re someone who still misses the feel of the keys when you typed on your old BlackBerry, adding haptic feedback to your iPhone’s keyboard could help fill some of that gap. Using the same little vibration motors that alert you to notifications, your iPhone will emit tiny vibrations around the virtual key you tap to give a bit of tactile feedback.

It is disabled by default, but can be enabled by going to Settings > Sounds and Haptics > Keyboard feedback and toggle whether you want sound, haptic feedback, or no feedback when typing.

Hidden iOS 16 Features You Might Not Know About

Now that you’ve sorted through the new headline feature updates, you can dig a little deeper, and with iOS 16 there are quite a few new “oh that’s cool!” updates across the board that might not be so immediately obvious.

Live Text

Using in-device intelligence, Live Text can now recognize text in videos system-wide. You can pause a video on any frame to interact with the text and take quick actions, such as copy and paste, translate, convert currencies and more. Perfect for taking notes on a lecture or presentation.

Visual search

Long-press part of an image to remove it from the background and place it in apps like Messages. It can also recognize birds, insects, spiders and statues, to quickly extract objects and information from an image.

Apple Pay Order Tracking

This allows you to receive itemized receipts and order tracking information in Wallet for Apple Pay purchases from participating merchants. You can now have your payment and orders in one place.

Edit and unsend with iMessage

You can now edit a message you just sent or completely cancel a recent message. And you can mark a message as unread if you can’t reply at the moment and want to come back to it later.

Find and remove duplicate images

The latest iOS 16 Photos app can find duplicate photos and videos in your photo library and place them in a new Duplicates album. Then you can merge duplicate photos and videos to save a lot of space on your iPhone and clean up your library. Simply tap the Duplicates album under Utilities in Photos and tap Merge to combine the duplicates.

By Harry Tucker

Specialist Writer – Telstra

Harry is a writer and technology editor at Telstra Exchange. Harry joined Telstra in late 2020 after hard work in the trenches of the tech and startup space. Previously, he was technology editor at Business Insider, editor of the Australian launch of telecommunications comparison site Reviews.org and a reporter at News.com.au. He loves breaking down really technical stuff and making it digestible and fun for everyone to read. Outside of work, he has an incredible ability to turn every conversation into something about Formula 1 or the NBA.


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