September 25, 2022
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iOS 16: The Big Features We Are Still Waiting For

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This story is part of Focal Point iPhone 2022, CNET’s collection of news, tips and advice around Apple’s most popular product.

Apple’s new iPhone 14 line debuted final week, and with it got here a couple of extra appears to be like at iOS 16 forward of Monday’s public launch. Beforehand in beta, iOS 16 brings a whole lot of adjustments to the iPhone together with photo-editing tricks, the flexibility to edit and unsend iMessage texts, and an Apple Maps makeover amongst many different new enhancements. However regardless of quite a few new options, there are a number of issues that we see on different Apple merchandise and Android telephones that do not look like coming to iOS.

I do not imply to low cost the great highlights — specifically the always-on display talked about when this listing first revealed after WWDC 2022 did arrive for the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max — however a few of these options that also aren’t coming to the iPhone are fairly simple to search out once you look simply past the gadgets that Apple makes. 

What We Wished: At all times-on show
What We Acquired: Out there on iPhone 14 Professional and Professional Max

Apple’s iPhone 14 Professional and Professional Max would be the first telephones made by Apple to incorporate an always-on show, a function that many Android telephones have included over the previous decade. An always-on show takes benefit of OLED screens by solely lighting up the mandatory pixels to indicate glanceable data just like the time and a few notifications. Although Apple has been utilizing OLED screens since 2017’s iPhone X, Apple seems to have waited till the 14 Professional and Professional Max so as to make an always-on show that features wallpaper artwork and colours.

A screenshot of the iOS 16 Messages app

In Messages you may edit beforehand despatched messages.


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What We Wished: Higher texting to non-iPhones
What We Acquired: A bunch texting enchancment 

Apple’s iMessage in iOS 16 is gaining the flexibility to edit and recall messages that have not already been considered, however these enhancements are nonetheless largely iPhone-only options that are not advancing the overall state of text messaging inside the cellphone business. In the case of texting another cellphone that is not an iPhone, iOS nonetheless falls again to the decades-old SMS commonplace which lacks conveniences like typing indicators and smoother group texting.

Whereas Google has been getting cellphone carriers to help the RCS standard that features these options — admittedly over the course of a number of years with setbacks — the usual at the moment stays Android-only with Google claiming that they might be blissful to work with Apple for interoperability. 

The possibilities of that seem as bleak as ever — Apple CEO Tim Cook recently said at a tech convention that the corporate sees little demand from its customers to help RCS — however there’s some hope for group chats between the iPhone and Android telephones. iOS 16 is including help for message reactions despatched over SMS, which at the moment arrive as a collection of messages about how an individual “Appreciated” or “Cherished” a message.

As a substitute, the Messages app will now translate these into the suitable icon, very similar to the way it already does this when each participant within the group chat makes use of an iPhone. Google recently added a similar feature into its Messages app, translating iPhone reactions in the identical method. This transfer is not going to massively enhance these group chats, however as a comfort I am going to take it. 

Break up View in iPadOS. 


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What We Wished: Break up View on larger iPhone fashions
What We Acquired: Nothing but

Apple’s iPad tablets have lengthy included the flexibility to run two apps aspect by aspect, profiting from the bigger display screen. The iPad can be getting its personal multitasking increase with iPadOS 16, thanks to the new Stage Manager. Android telephones have equally featured the flexibility to run a number of apps without delay. However on the iPhone, even with the iPhone 13 Pro Max and its 6.7-inch show, there is no such thing as a skill to make use of two apps without delay.

Apple does enable some restricted multitasking on iPhone, corresponding to viewing a picture-in-picture video on high of one other app, but it surely’d be nice to sometimes view a condensed model of the Mail app alongside Safari or to position the Calculator app alongside a budgeting app.

Multiple lock screens displayed on and next to an iPhone.

iOS 16 offers you a ton of recent methods to customise your lock display screen.


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What We Wished: Extra Residence Display, Settings menu customization
What We Acquired: New lock display screen choices

One in every of Android 12’s large options is the flexibility to customise the entire theme of your phone — together with customized colours for the notifications pulldown. Whereas iOS 16 is bringing extra management to the lock display screen, it might be an ideal subsequent step to go additional and permit thematic tweaks that reach to notifications and the varied settings menus.

Alongside a customized theme, it will even be nice if dwelling screens would enable for apps to be positioned wherever we would like. Whereas widgets can assist with this (I take advantage of a full-width climate and calendar widget to push my first row of apps decrease), some individuals would possibly wish to completely place their apps on the underside row of their dwelling display screen. Whereas the prevailing Focus modes and App Library function already allow you to customise which apps you wish to seem on dwelling screens, permitting you free rein of placement could be the following logical step for personalization.

The lock screen was a big focus during the iOS 16 presentation. Maybe subsequent 12 months Apple will as soon as once more concentrate on the house display screen. 

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