With iOS 15, Apple brought a number of required changes to the notification system, the introduction of a focus system, etc. We can say that Apple is already working on iOS 16 behind closed doors. iOS updates by Apple are like clockwork. With every new iPhone introduced, Apple introduces a new version of iOS to enhance the user’s experience.
Every iOS release comes with something significant to take the user experience to the next level. The dark mode and various other widgets were introduced with the latest iOS 15 update. The coming update iOS 16 could still benefit from new features to make the iPhone experience smooth with all these features.
In this post, we will be talking about the latest iOS 16 rumors, expected release dates, and features.
iOS 16 Release Date
Apple will unveil iOS 16 for developer beta testers in June 2022. The update will finally be available for the general public in September 2022.
It’s a very long tradition Apple has been following for a decade. According to the tradition, we can expect Apple to release iOS 16 along with iPadOS 16, watchOS 9, tvOS 16, macOS 13.
- June 2022: iOS 16 unveiled and released for developer beta testers.
- July 2022: iOS 16 available for public beta testers.
- September 2022: Final version of iOS 16.0 open to the general public.
Apple has been holding its Worldwide Developers Conference(WWDC) for 18 years now. Even the Covid-19 pandemic didn’t affect it. So we can expect that Apple will introduce iOS 16 in June 2022.
Devices to Support iOS 16
One of the best things about Apple is that it offers updates to as many smartphones as possible. On the other hand, Android smartphones just offer two or three years of updates. For example, the iOS 15 update offered in iPhone 6S is minimal.
But according to an early leak, the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and original iPhone SE won’t be receiving iOS 16 updates. Instead, everything from iPhone 7 onwards will. Some features will be held back in these devices. This is mainly due to hardware limitations, the camera, and the processor inside specific models.
Every iOS release comes with some significant features and some minor ones. If you own one of the old generation iPhones, you might be able to take advantage of some of the minor features in iOS 16. But most likely, you’ll miss out on the major updates showcased by Apple.
It’s far too early to decide which iPhones will be getting the iOS 16 update. Still, we’ve compiled a list of devices that will almost certainly get the update.
- iPhone 14
- iPhone 14 Pro Ulra
- iPhone 13 Pro Max
- iPhone 13 Pro
- iPhone 13
- iPhone 13 mini
- iPhone 12 Pro Max
- iPhone 12 Pro
- iPhone 12
- iPhone 12 Mini
- iPhone 11 Pro Max
- iPhone 11 Pro
- iPhone 11
- iPhone SE (2020)
- iPhone XS Max
- iPhone XS
- iPhone XR
- iPhone X
- iPhone 8 Plus
- iPhone 8
- iPhone 7 Plus
- iPhone 7
Latest iOS 16 Rumors
Now that we are done with the iOS 16 release date and compatibility details above. Let’s discuss what new features to expect from Apple’s latest iPhone operating system.
Redesigned App Icons
Some sources suggest Apple will upgrad and redesign the app icons in iOS 16. The Apple map and weather app icons got new icons in iOS 15, so we can expect more considerable changes in iOS 16.
We can expect MacOS Big Sur and Monterey to inspire the interface and design changes. Like the one shown below.
— Majin Bu (@MajinBuOfficial) December 6, 2021
Apple was a latecomer to the widget game. At the same time, Android users have been able to enjoy widgets since its inception. Apple introduced widgets with iOS 14 in 2020. Even then, the functionality was within limits, with no interactive elements available.
But according to the latest rumor, this will change in iOS 16. According to @LeaksApplePro, Apple will be introducing interactive widgets.
🔴EXCLUSIVE: iOS 16.
Be prepared for interactive widgets! Apple is now working on these “big widgets” internally named InfoShack.
Will tell you more about them soon. pic.twitter.com/GZF9zYjOsw
— LeaksApplePro (@LeaksApplePro) January 26, 2022
Upgraded AR/VR Capabilities
It’s been a long time since Apple is working on its AR/VR capabilities. But it seems Apple might be ready to announce something great in late 2022. We can expect Apple to release a high-end AR/VR headset to blend real and augmented worlds into one. This will be something with controls built into iOS 16 similar to the Apple TV remote being accessible via the control center.
That was all about iOS 16 rumors, release date, and features. As Apple didn’t release any official information, all we can do is wait for iOS 16’s official release. Do drop a comment below if you have any suggestions or info about iOS 16.