iOS 16 Launch – Stunning New iPhone Features Coming Next Month


Apple’s iOS 16 is about to launch, plus a bunch of new security and privacy features for iPhone. iOS 16 highlights so far include Passkeys, which Apple hopes will mark the first step in using passwords on your iPhone, and a new way to prove you’re not a bot.

Other exciting new iPhone features coming this fall include Lock Mode, Security Check, and the ability to unsend iMessages and emails. Here are all the iOS 16 security and privacy features you need to know.

iOS 16 fixes the most annoying thing on the internet: CAPATCHAs

Apple is finally fixing the annoying CAPATCHA internet boxes that leave us all furious as we try to guess how many trucks are in an image. Announced at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), the iOS 16 feature will use a private access token to verify you on the website or app. This all happens in iOS 16 via iCloud, which will verify your device and Apple ID in the background, so there’s no need for the CAPTCHA prompt. I can not wait.

Access keys

In iOS 16, Apple takes the first steps towards completely removing passwords. Most of the industry agrees that passwords aren’t great, and biometric forms of authentication like Face ID and Touch ID are a perfect alternative in part because they’re so easy to use. It is in this spirit that Apple, along with other major technology companies such as Google and Microsoft, is part of the FIDO Alliance.

As part of this initiative, Passkeys are based on the WebAuthn standard and use public key cryptography to secure your accounts. In iOS 16, this means you can simply use Face ID and Touch ID to authenticate.

Cancel sending messages

This really cool new privacy feature in iOS 16 lets you cancel or recall any iMessages or emails you didn’t mean to send. You can use Unsend messages in iOS 16 via a tool marked Unsend and the only freebie if you’ve edited the message will be a little “edited” displayed below the text.

Lock mode

Lockdown mode is one of the main features of iOS 16, although most people won’t use it. At first glance, Lock Mode looks pretty cool – an extra security protection for the iPhone against damaging spyware attacks like Pegasus.

Lockdown Mode in iOS 16 protects iPhones from attacks by effectively rendering them unusable. Using lockdown mode, most message attachments are blocked, link previews are disabled, and FaceTime calls are blocked if you haven’t sent the initial request. It will then be difficult to transmit spyware to a person at risk, such as a journalist or a political dissident.

But the thing is, most people aren’t threatened by Pegasus, so consider lockdown mode something good to know and, of course, great communication for Apple promoting the iPhone as a sturdy device.

Security updates in iOS 16

Apple iOS 16 will also come with a bunch of security patches. It’s unclear if Apple will continue to update iOS 15 with important security updates, but even if it does, you’ll need to upgrade to iOS 16 after a few months to keep your iPhone secure.

Sure, a lot of people don’t like updating to new operating systems (OS) to give Apple time to fix bugs, but you won’t be protected from security vulnerabilities.

When you upgrade to iOS 16, you’ll find that security updates can be added without you having to apply feature upgrades. Indeed, a new iOS 16 feature called Rapid Security Response will allow you to apply security patches on the fly outside of version updates.

In Short, More iOS 16 Features Coming This Fall

Safety Check is a cool new feature in iOS 16 coming this fall that lets you see who has permission to view your iPhone data, including people as well as third-party apps. You can then revoke access if needed.

Another iOS 16 upgrade is an update to Clipboard permissions that will force apps to prompt you before pasting information.

Meanwhile, in iOS 16, your hidden and recently deleted photo albums will be locked by default and you can only access them via Face ID or Touch ID.

When will iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 arrive?

That’s a very good question. The September Apple event usually takes place on a Monday or Tuesday, and predictions say it will be September 12 or 13 due to Labor Day taking place the week before. However, according to Mark Gurman, a reliable Apple commentator, Bloomberg, Apple is dilatory iPadOS 16 through October as it focuses on the iPhone 14 launch.

Therefore, we will see iOS 16 alongside the launch of the iPhone 14, while iPadOS 16 will appear alongside the October reveal of the new iPads. According to Gurman:

“The iPhone update, iOS 16, and new Apple Watch software, watchOS 9, will launch simultaneously in September. Then, about a month later, iPadOS 16 will launch alongside macOS Ventura.

iOS 16 – should you upgrade immediately?

Given all this, should you upgrade to iOS 16? I say yes, but I’m ready to deal with bugs while I try out the new security and privacy features. It’s different for businesses of course, and there’s a risk since some bugs can make your iPhone difficult to use.

Either way, it’s time to get excited about iOS 16 and watch this space for more news and demos on the upcoming iPhone OS launch.

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