iOS 16 Released — The Hottest New iPhone Features In Need This Fall

The iOS 16 release date was only two months away confirmed This week – and the rumor mill is up and running. The latest iPhone operating system is announced every year at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), which was confirmed on June 6. Over the three days of WWDC, there should be plenty of news about what Apple fans can expect from iOS 16 when it’s released this fall.

There is no doubt that iOS 16 will come packed with features, many of which will focus on iPhone security and privacy. Apple’s latest operating system, iOS 15 has already revolutionized the market with iPhone privacy features including App Privacy ReportsMail privacy protection and significant improvements to Apple Mail. This comes after the popular App Tracking Transparency (ATT) feature for iOS 14 that already exists Facebook cost dear.

Security features in iOS 15 include Face ID while wearing a mask And multiple improvements to iCloud Keychain password manager.

As for iOS 16, frankly, we can’t be sure exactly what the iPhone’s new privacy and security features are. But make no mistake, they will arrive and Apple will likely focus on beating competitors like Facebook with more privacy and transparency on the iPhone.

iOS 16 Key Features – Security Update Cycle

Sure, Apple’s security update cycle is better than Google’s Android — users of the latest OS often have to wait months for updates. Since Apple owns the iPhone software and hardware, iOS updates can be pushed out more quickly. That’s the theory, of course, but as I mentioned earlier, automatic iOS updates can take weeks to reach iPhones. This means that the only way to stay safe is to stay on top of iOS updates and manually apply them yourself.

Independent security researcher Sean Wright believes this should change in iOS 16. “One thing I think it would be a good idea for Apple to address is their automatic updates, allowing users to sign up to be able to get them sooner rather than later.”

He points out that several recent iPhone vulnerabilities – such as the one fixed in iOS 15.4.1 – have been exploited by attackers. “The time between the availability of an update and its minimization of its installation will ultimately be a plus for Apple users.”

If automatic updates aren’t faster, I’d be keen to see some kind of popup in iOS 16 alerting people that a security update is available so they can apply it manually.

iOS 16 Most Wanted – Security Support for Older iOS Versions

Another important consideration in iOS 16 is support for older OS versions. When Apple released iOS 15, it also updated iOS 14 with important security fixes. That stopped a couple of months ago, but Apple will likely reintroduce the feature when the new iOS 16 launches.

“Some users still prefer to stick with older versions, at least for a while, so getting the right support will help,” says Wright.

iOS 16 Most Wanted Features – More App Privacy Features to Beat Facebook

When iOS 16 is released, there’s no doubt that it will include a host of new privacy features — and Apple has done well so far in this area. Andrew Pham, chief technology officer of Straits Interactive, said features like The App Privacy Report were a “good first step,” but that Apple needed to move forward.

The app privacy report lets you know what permissions you’ve given apps so you can revoke them if necessary. It also allows you to see who is tracking you on your iPhone.

Pham believes that people should be able to understand exactly what an app developer has done with the data such as “if it was collected off your phone, stored, manipulated, or sold.”

He also believes that Apple should act as a “channel and facilitation” between developers and users to offer downloads or deletion of your data via a feature in iOS 16.

iOS 16 Most Wanted – Secure Finance

Apple has already started playing around in financing with its Apple Card, and iOS 16 will likely build on that. “Apple will need to lay the foundation in iOS 16 to securely handle transactions, manage data, and connect to various APIs and services in the cloud,” says Raj Shah, head of TMT at digital transformation firm Publicis Sapient.

While acknowledging that none of this is new — apps like Square have been doing this for years — he says, “When Apple enters a space, it uses its control over the device and operating system to create smoother, more secure, and robust experiences than an app can enable. Most of this is likely under cover, but it will create Apple devices to handle not only financial data, but health data (other long-term Apple operations) as well.”

iOS 16 Most Wanted – More accessible and prominent privacy controls, turned on by default

Apple has introduced a bunch of privacy controls over the past couple of years, but they aren’t always prominent on people’s iPhones or turned on by default. Take, for example, the Apps Privacy Report, which is hidden deep within the iPhone’s privacy settings. Eugene Kolodenker, chief security intelligence engineer at Lookout, would like to see the report broken up into a separate app, so it’s “better rendered to the user”.

He also wants Apple to make some privacy protections currently either disabled by default or restricted to premium subscriptions “by default for all iOS users.”

He cites the example of Private Relay, which hides your IP address from the websites you visit and website requests and content from your ISP, making it more difficult to track people.

iOS 16 Most Wanted Features – General Improvements

So when will iOS 16 be released? Moving on from previous years, it will be released this fall when Apple announces its new iPhone lineup. It didn’t take long to wait.

In the meantime, there are also some general iOS-based improvements that people would like to see. Davey Winder asks Forbes more similarities to Android – “the best of one platform” – which he calls “iOSDroid”.

“I would like to see more customization, more protection, better native applications and definitely more interaction,” says Nikki Danino, principal lecturer in computer science at the University of Central Lancashire.

There will definitely be more iPhone privacy improvements, and iOS 16 will probably come with the ability to unsend iMessages that Apple fans have been waiting for for years. I’ll keep you informed – just click the Follow button at the top of my profile to stay up-to-date with all the privacy and security news from Apple.