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iOS 16 is the sixteenth major release of the iOS mobile operating system that is in development at Apple to succeed iOS 15.[2] It was announced on June 6 at the 2022 Worldwide Developers Conference and is scheduled to be released sometime later in 2022.[3]

New features


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Senior VP Craig Federighi and staff introduced the following new features at WWDC 2022:[4]

  • Lock Screen — updated with the ability to customize TrueDepth images, integrate widgets, and switch between different screen settings based on Focus preferences.
  • Messages — new ability to edit and undo messages that were already sent.
  • SharePlay — new support for Messages (after being solely on FaceTime).
  • Dictation — updated to function simultaneously with the keyboard.
  • Live Text — updated to be able to function on paused videos.
  • Apple WalletArizona and Maryland added to supported U.S. states.
  • Apple Pay Later — automatically breaks up large Apple Pay purchased into 4 payments financed over 6 weeks.
  • Apple Maps — redesigned features being introduced in 11 more countries with along with new features, such as more visual details, multi-stop routing, and additional transit information.
  • Parental Controls — improved integration with other devices running iOS and iPadOS 16 or later
  • Privacy — adding Safety Check feature to help protect users who may be in an abusive relationship.
  • HomeKit — updated to support the Matter open standard.
  • CarPlay — to be updated with deeper integration with automobile hardware.
  • Fitness — updated to support iPhones without the need for motion tracking from an Apple Watch.
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Some new accessibility features that Apple previewed as part of Global Accessibility Awareness Day on May 17, 2022 include:[5][6]

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  • Door detection for users with visual impairment using LiDAR on an iPhone 12 Pro, 13 Pro, or later.
  • Live Captions for users with hearing impairment using an iPhone 11 or later.
  • Apple Watch mirroring for users to control their watchOS device remotely.
  • New Quick Actions to expand AssistiveTouch gestures in watchOS 9.
  • Buddy Controller to allow a friend or carer to help a physically disabled user play a game
  • Siri Pause Time to allow more time for users with speech disabilities to issue a voice command.
  • Voice Control Spelling Mode to allow users to dictate the spelling of unusual words.
  • Sound Recognition to allow an iPhone to be trained to recognize appliance noises or alarms at home.
  • Apple Books customization of line, character, and word spacing.

Supported devices

With the discontinuation of the Apple A10-based 7th-generation iPod touch, this is the first version of iOS to run solely on iPhone models since iPhone OS 1.0.2. As a result, Apple was speculated to be discontinuing support for similarly-configured older models.[7] At WWDC 2022, support was confirmed to be limited to devices containing a Neural Engine in the Apple A11 chip or later, including:[8]

Release history

Version Build Release date Notes
16.0 beta 1 20A5283p 2022-06-06 First developer beta.
16.0 beta 2 20A5303i 2022-06-22 2nd developer beta.


iOS 16 includes default backgrounds for Light and Dark Mode.


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