How to Update, Best New iPhone Features, and More

After months of waiting, Apple’s new software update for iPhone is finally here. The update is the annual fall tradition that brings new features to Apple’s iPhone before the availability of new iPhones. Apple revealed the first details of iOS 16 during its June keynote at its annual Global Developers Conference. Last week, the tech giant said the free software update would be available from September 12, showcasing the iPhone 14 lineup, Apple Watch Ultra and AirPods Pro 2 at its headquarters in Cupertino, California.

Anyone with an iPhone 8 or later model can download the update. iOS 16 is compatible with the following iPhones: iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 14 Pro Max, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro M, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, iPhone X, iPhone 8 and 8 Plus and iPhone SE (2nd generation or later).

To download the update, which is free to download, just go to the Settings section on your iPhone, tap the tab that says “General,” then tap “Software update.”

When available, plug in your device or make sure your device has 50% or more battery life. Then press “Install now.“You can also update your phone by plugging it into a laptop and going through iTunes, if you prefer a tethered option.

Apple iPhone users will be able to add widgets on the lock screen to get information at a glance.

The most notable change with iOS 16 is the lock screen, which has been completely redesigned. Thanks to the new look, a more customizable lock screen allows users to adjust the font and color of the time and date. Wallpapers also got a makeover with new depth effects that can automatically separate a subject from its background.

Additionally, notifications on the lock screen will move to the bottom of the screen to make them easier to reach. Apple is also adding some much-requested features to the Messages app. On iMessage, Apple has added options to edit messages, cancel messages, and mark threads as unread. Live Text, which first arrived on iOS 15, is also getting an update. The machine learning based feature now lets you not only easily copy text from images and videos, but also convert currencies and translate text.

But iOS 16’s iCloud Shared Photo Library, a brand new feature that makes it easier to share photos with family and friends, won’t be available when iOS 16 debuts. Apple says it will arrive “later this fall.”

Cupertino is also delaying the release of iPadOS 16, the tablet-centric operating system. The new update for iPad includes Stage Manager, one of the main “multitasking” features of iPadOS 16. Apple traditionally releases iOS and iPadOS updates together.

Along with iOS 16, Apple is also rolling out WatchOS 9, the latest software for Apple Watch. The update contains new features including new running metrics, refreshed watch faces, added sleep tracking data, and more. A new Low Power Mode is also coming to compatible Apple Watches.

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