IPHONE owners will get a free upgrade in a few days.
Soon you will be able to download a huge iPhone update full of new features.
It’s called iOS 16 and it will completely change your lock screen – as well as many of the apps on your iPhone.
The update was announced by Apple back in June, but we’re now days away from it arriving on iPhones around the world.
So when is it out?
Last year’s iOS 15 landed on Monday, September 20th – just days before the official launch of the iPhone 13 on Friday, September 24th.
This year we expect the iPhone 14 to be unveiled at the Far Out Apple event on September 7th, before its release on Friday September 16th.
So we’ll likely see iOS 16 rolling out to the public on Monday, September 12th.
Of course, we can’t guarantee that date, but it seems the most likely based on Apple’s previous rollouts.
We expect the new iOS update to arrive in the evening for Brits – and in the morning for Americans.
To update you need to go to Settings > General > Software update.
Here are some of the big changes coming in iOS 16…
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Change #1 – Lock Screen
Apple is completely changing the lock screen, allowing you to customize presets or create your own.
You can also take advantage of Live Activity, a new feature that tracks events in real time.
It can be a workout, sports scores, your cab ride, or a food delivery order—all from the lock screen.
Finally there’s a new design where notifications roll up from the bottom of the display, giving you the best possible view of the lock screen.
Change #2 – Blocking photo albums
In case you haven’t noticed, you can hide iPhone photos – by putting them in a hidden folder.
However, this hidden folder is easy to find (or recover if you hid the folder yourself).
Luckily, iOS 16 protects your hidden and recently deleted folders on iPhone with a password.
That means you have to use Face ID to gain access to them and protect them from snoopers who might be using your iPhone.
Change #3 – Sending and editing iMessages
Your messaging app finally lets you “unsend” iMessages.
This means that if you regret sending the text message, the recipient’s phone will call you back.
And you can even edit text to fix typos or other errors quickly and easily.
Importantly, this feature only works properly if the recipient is also using iOS 16 – so be careful for the first few weeks.
Change #4 – Pin Safari Tabs
If you’re an iPhone power user, you probably have hundreds of Safari tabs open.
This can make it difficult to find the tabs you use most often.
Luckily, iOS 16 lets you pin your favorite tabs in Safari so you never lose track of what matters most again.
Can I install iOS 16?
The sad reality is that not all iPhone models can upgrade to iOS 16.
You need an iPhone 8 or later to get the new iOS 16.
That means two iPhone generations have been cut off: the iPhone 6S and the iPhone 7.
The 1st gen iPhone SE also won’t be compatible with iOS 16, but it was with iOS 15.5.
Here is the full list of devices supported by iOS 16:
- iPhone 13
- iPhone 13 mini
- iPhone 13 pro
- iPhone 13 Pro max
- iphone 12
- iPhone 12 mini
- iPhone 12 pro
- iPhone 12 pro max
- iphone 11
- iPhone 11 pro
- iPhone 11 Pro max
- iPhone XS
- iPhone XS Max
- iPhone XR
- iPhone X
- iPhone 8
- iPhone 8plus
- iPhone SE (2nd generation or newer)
If you’re using an older iPhone, you simply need to upgrade to access iOS 16.
Otherwise you will miss the new features.
But what’s even more worrying is that if you’re unable to get the latest iOS, you’ll lose access to the latest security fixes.
These are critical patches that close vulnerabilities used by hackers to gain access to your systems.
So using a very old iPhone that cannot be updated could put you at risk.
If you can’t update to iOS 16, you’d better update your iPhone sooner rather than later.
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