Monday, September 12, 2022

iOS 16

Apple (feature list, MacRumors, tweet, Hacker News):

iOS 16 enhances iPhone with all-new personalization features, deeper intelligence, and more seamless ways to communicate and share.

Federico Viticci (tweet):

iOS 16, launching today for a variety of iPhone models dating back to the iPhone 8, marks Apple’s triumphant return to user personalization, with a twist: while in 2020 customization might have felt like a happy consequence of Apple’s engineering, this time the company has intentionally marketed iOS 16 as an update that will make an iPhone feel truly your own. As we explored in June and July, the first thing you see on your iPhone – the Lock Screen – is fundamentally changing in iOS 16. With the ability to create multiple Lock Screens, choose from a diverse collection of wallpaper sets, and customize each one with widgets, you’ll now have endless possibilities for the screen you always see when you pick up your iPhone.


In keeping with my theory that modern iOS updates always need to have a little bit of something for everyone, there’s a ton of other (some bigger, some smaller) features I’ll be covering in this review. Messages, one of my most used apps on iPhone, has received a substantial update with the ability to edit and un-send messages, making it, in some ways, even superior to WhatsApp for me now. Mail – of all apps – has gotten a major upgrade with modern features such as scheduled send and, almost unbelievably, a revamped search that actually works. Reminders has officially turned into a serious task manager with even more filters for smart lists and the ability to create and share templates with others.


This document describes the security content of iOS 16.

Hartley Charlton (Hacker News):

There are usually multiple features that Apple is not able to finish before the first official release of a major new version of iOS, and this year looks to be no different, with a total of nine iOS 16 features now confirmed to not be present in the first public version of the new OS.

iPadOS 16 is also coming later.

Damien Petrilli:

Apple Books on iOS 16: open a book, start to read, flip your phone to landscape mode: your page is lost and you are back at the beginning of your current chapter.

Michael Love:

Finally installed iOS 16 on my main phone and the new iBooks is awful - page scrolling animation is distracting and way too slow, jitters and flashes on every page. I can overlook a confusing / inconsistent design and tiny buttons, but at least get the scrolling to look right.

Casey Liss:

MaskerAid users: it will not work on iOS 16; the bottom toolbar (where the share button is) is not there. I have a fix that Apple rejected to get clarifying info, and though I’ve replied to them, they’ve ghosted me for the last couple days.

Francisco Tolmasky:

First experience with iOS 16: Go to update apps, it puts up a new ‘Apple Media Services Terms and Conditions” modal dialog. I click “Agree”. It tells “There was an error. Please try later.” I can’t update apps.

Paul Haddad:

Great can’t update anything.

Juli Clover:

Apple has fixed the problem and apps are now able to be downloaded.


Update (2022-10-11): Samuel Axon:

Given the increasingly iterative nature of iOS releases today—with many key features not arriving until months after the initial ship date of a new, whole-numbered version—we’re moving to leaner initial iOS reviews, with updates to come in additional articles over time. So today we’re going to look at the main new feature of iOS 16, but we’ll touch on a couple of other key features and changes, too.

Federico Viticci:

That being said, I compiled all my iOS 16-related complaints, organized them into sections, and you can find them below.

See also: Hacker News.

Alex Rosenberg:

The new iOS medications tracking feature is a really great idea, but feels beta quality.

Couldn’t import from the records it has, including EPIC-based records and the Apple Wellness Center. Missing colors/shapes and couldn’t do “half a pill.” Couldn’t ID my vitamins via camera. Had to translate “Vitamin D3 2000iu” into “Cholecalciferol 50mcg” to enter. Expected more.

No mention of interactions between my statin and CYP3A inhibitors like grapefruit (and pomelo and other citrus). Also no knowledge of CYP3A4 interaction with THC/CBD, despite having an explicit feature to check for alcohol/cannabis/smoking interactions. Actually dangerous.

Juli Clover:

During the iOS 16 beta testing period, MacRumors wrote a series of in-depth feature guides highlighting every new addition in the update, along with how that walk you through using the new features.

Sami Fathi:

We’ve listed 16 hidden features and changes from iOS 16 that you may not have known about below.

Marin Todorov:

The way that, after upgrading to iOS16, suddenly keyboard is showing up at random places, system text fields are freezing, apps hang unresponsive at first render and menus appear broken tells me iOS must be adopting SwiftUI at an ever accelerating pace 👌🏼

However, there’s one keyboard change that I love: haptics while typing.

Sami Fathi:

After major iOS updates, it’s normal for some users to report having issues with the new update, but such reports usually subside in the days following the release. This year, things have been different, as iOS 16 has seen quite a few bugs being reported by users on an almost daily basis.

Rob Griffiths:

Latest Mojave security update breaks iOS photo importing.

Not being able to import photos is a real pain.

Rob Griffiths:

OMG - it’s an iOS 16 bug! I installed the iOS 16.1 public beta, and the problem is gone! Photos imported perfectly, both JPEG and HEIC.

1 Comment RSS · Twitter


I would’ve updated for just the improved email search alone. It is actually pretty good now, and doesnt feel like it did on the 3GS.
Not sure what that says about my expectations for os updates though.

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