Now that WWDC 2022 has been officially announced, we are preparing for the release of iOS 16. This marks the next major release of Apple’s software platform for iPhones, as well as iPadOS 16 for the iPad. Head below as we summarize all the latest iOS 16 rumors and expectations this year, including new features, release information, and more.
When will iOS 16 be announced?
As a precedent indicates, iOS 16 will be announced at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference. This year, WWDC will be held as a virtual event running from June 6 through June 10. Apple will be holding a keynote on June 6 to kick off the event, and during this keynote we expect to get our first look at iOS 16 and iPadOS 16.
After iOS 16 was announced during the WWDC keynote, Apple will release the first beta versions to developers. Usually, the beta is released to developers within a few hours of the keyword ending. Apple will later release a public beta that all iPhone and iPad users can access, usually sometime in July.
Supported iOS 16 devices
One of the biggest questions people ask each year is whether or not Apple will drop support for any of the older iPhone and iPad models. With the release of iOS 15 last year, Apple has maintained compatibility with all devices supported by iOS 14.
This year, an early rumor suggests that iOS 16 could drop support for the original iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and iPhone SE. At the moment, this is just a rumor and it is not clear whether it is over or not, but the source of this rumor correctly reported the supported devices for iOS 13 and iOS 14.
The supposedly dropped iPhone 6s and iPhone SE were first released in late 2015 and early 2016 respectively, which means they’ll get more than six years of regular software updates.
No redesign in iOS 16
While some users had hoped that iOS 16 would mark the first major redesign in years, it doesn’t look like that will come to fruition. Bloomberg You mentioned that iOS 16 won’t offer a “mass redesign,” which means the overall design will remain the same again this year.
The last time Apple completely overhauled iOS was with iOS 7, a redesign that wasn’t without criticism and was scaled back significantly during the beta testing process. Since then, Apple has made incremental changes to individual apps and aspects of iOS, but we haven’t seen a complete overhaul in one go since iOS 7.
New features in iOS 16
As of now, the rumors about what to expect from iOS 16 are rather vague. Bloomberg He said iOS 16 would be a “fairly significant” update across the board, despite the lack of design. It looks like one of the points you’ll focus on this year will be notifications.
The rumored focus on notifications is interesting because Apple has made several changes to the iOS notification system over the past couple of years, introducing features like notification summary and focus modes. However, it appears that Apple is still not satisfied with the implementation of notifications across iOS, and is planning more changes for this year.
in addition to, Bloomberg You mentioned that iOS 16 will include new health tracking features as well. Apple has made the Health app and its integration with the Apple Watch a focal point of software updates in recent years, and it looks like that won’t change this year.
Presumably, new health-oriented features in iOS 16 will also link to new health features in watchOS 9. Bloomberg He said watchOS 9 will also include “major activity and health tracking upgrades” this year.
iOS 16 is also rumored to lay the groundwork for several AR and VR features ahead of Apple’s first mixed reality headset launch. However, Apple is not expected to preview this new headphone until later this year at the earliest.
Finally, for iPadOS, the only rumors so far are that Apple is planning a new multitasking interface. While Apple made some minor changes to multitasking with iPadOS 15, it appears it has more tricks up its sleeve this year.
We expect more details about iOS 16 to emerge as we get closer to WWDC 2022 which begins on June 6. In the meantime, it looks like iOS 16 will be a relatively modest upgrade, with Apple focusing on quality-of-life improvements rather than major visual changes.
Personally, I would hope to see Apple revamp the notifications in a way that makes seeing the latest notifications more clear and easy without the need for awkward grouping. I’m also hoping for some updates to the Home screen widgets, particularly in terms of interaction and major updates to the Home app and HomeKit in general.
What would you like to see in iOS 16? What’s at the top of your wish list? Let us know in the comments!
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