Apple’s iOS 16 has been revealed, and it comes with a bunch of amazing new features that help bolster iPhone security and privacy, as well as being extremely useful of course.
Revealed at Apple’s annual Global Developers Conference (WWDC), iOS16 did not touch the world of online advertising, namely Facebook– with major moves at the moment. But that doesn’t mean there won’t be anything to come. It had been suggested that Private Relay may become available by default for all iPhone users, and it may still happen.
The soon-to-be-launched iOS 16 operating system comes with some features that people have been looking for for some time and at its heart continues the The apple ethos to give you more control over your iPhone data. On the security side, Apple wants iPhone users to be secure by default, and some of the new features in iOS 16 aim to do just that.
Here’s what to expect when iOS 16 arrives this fall.
Cancel sending messages
This one is big and a feature that many Apple fans have been asking for for some time. Apple has now given you the option to edit and unsend messages on iMessage on your iPhone. This means that any late-night text messages you regret or any embarrassing work DMs can be deleted in the blink of an eye.
It’s easy to do, just recall the message via the Unsend tool. If you edited the message, the only gift to the person receiving the iMessage will be a little “edited” below the text. Apple is catching up with this iPhone feature, but the wait won’t be long to finally be able to use it.
Passwords suck. They can often be guessed, they are exposed to violations, and many people repeat them in all departments. I often promote the benefits of password managers, but there’s something even better on the horizon: Apple’s Passkeys in iOS 16 aim to do away with passwords altogether.
Passkeys aren’t just an Apple thing – they’re promoted by the FIDO Alliance of which Apple is a member alongside Google and Microsoft. Based on WebAuthn standard, Passkeys uses public key cryptography to secure your accounts, eliminating the need for passwords altogether. In a nutshell, using Passkeys in iOS 16, Apple will authenticate you in the background, and the only thing you need to do is use Face ID or Touch ID, rather than a password. Cool huh?
A new privacy feature called Safety Check is coming to iOS 16, which aims to help protect people from abusive partners. The feature lets you stop location sharing and revoke any account access you may have previously granted, including an emergency reset feature to quickly sign out of iCloud and reset your privacy permissions. This ensures that only the device you are using at the time receives messages. The iOS 16 feature is also useful more broadly: you can use Safety Check to see which people and apps have access to information.
And one more thing…
So far, no major advertising-impacting iPhone features have been revealed, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be in later versions of iOS 16. Others shiny new features include the ability to lock hidden photos and deleted photos by default to hide your private photos, and on the security side Wi-Fi passwords are now accessible, and you’ll get important security fixes on your default iPhone.
It’s still early days, but it’s clear that iOS 16 will continue Apple’s philosophy of giving you more security, privacy, and control over your iPhone. The exact launch date is not yet known, but it will probably be in September, alongside the launch of the latest iPhones.