At the presentation of WWDC 2022, the company paid the most attention to the mobile operating system. No radical changes have been shown, but there are updates, and many of them should significantly improve the performance of one of the most popular smartphones today.
Although the system itself this time did almost without changing the interface, the lock screen for the first time received so many updates. From now on, the user will be allowed not just to change the cover, but to choose the fonts and color of the time and date, choosing new wallpapers for them (where else without them). What’s more, you can now add widgets here. These used to be possible to swipe into a separate space, but now they can be more compact.
Notifications changed position and moved down. At the moment, it’s hard to say how convenient it is, but when you tap on them, they will expand to the entire free space of the lock screen.
Additionally, you will be able to see Live Activities on the locked smartphone. These are widgets that can show real-time information about the game of your favorite team, waiting time for food delivery, and more. Developers will, of course, be given the opportunity to integrate their solutions in the form of separate widgets. And it already looks really useful, because it will allow you to quickly receive urgent information without unnecessary action.
You can also adjust the lock screen to different Focus modes, which will allow you to quickly change the widgets and information that the smartphone will display in certain modes. The Focus function itself can also be implemented in individual applications, which will allow you to filter information depending on the time and, again, the selected mode.
And here you can move on to other innovations. The proprietary Messages app also has updates. Blue Bubble users will now be able to edit messages, cancel sending them, and mark individual unread ones to return to later. (For users of modern messengers, this is certainly not news for a long time.)
More original here is the SharePlay feature, which will allow you to watch a TV series or listen to a song together while chatting. Following the same principle, Messages has added the ability to work together on documents or get shared tabs in Safari, for example, to work together on a project.
And as for the browser, with Safari you can even send a group of tabs to another user and make a call directly from the browser via FaceTime. The company gives an example of preparation for a joint trip, which is thus easier to organize. Passkeys have also appeared in the browser, which will allow you to store passwords on your smartphone, making them more accessible and safer to use.
Quite interesting updates went to the Wallet application. Unfortunately, they are not so relevant to Ukraine, but this may change in the future. Using the documents through this application, with the confirmation of age, the owner of the smartphone can choose not to show the date of birth. In this way, the application will simply show that the owner is over 21 years old, which will confirm the permission to participate in the party or the opportunity to buy certain goods.
Another interesting innovation will be Apple Pay Later. This is an opportunity to “split” the payment into four parts within six weeks without additional fees. At the same time, Wallet will show the status of orders in individual stores, which also looks like a convenient addition.
Separately, Wallet will allow you to share the key (for example, from a hotel room) in a user-friendly way via Messages, WhatsApp, or mail.
Another new privacy tool is Safety Check. It will allow you to check and change passwords, as well as stop sharing your geolocation with a certain person. So if the user finds himself in a situation of domestic violence, it will be much easier to close at least the technical aspects of the problem.
As for the location, there are changes in the work of Apple Maps. Some cities are getting more detailed three-dimensional modes, allowing you to see the sights on the map. The application will also have the function of laying routes, which consist of several places. And when traveling by public transport you can see the fare and get quick access to tickets. Of course, Ukraine will have to wait for such opportunities.
While traveling with your family, you can now create a shared album in iCloud, where everyone can add photos. It’s called the iCloud Shared Photo Library. The use of the camera will even allow you to select an album where you will immediately save the photo.
Parents will have more settings in Parental Controls, which will allow children to configure and restrict their devices more flexibly.
Of course, there have been some updates in the “Health” section. The Fitness app will now work without the Apple Watch using the smartphone’s built-in sensors. Famous “rings” of watches will now be in the iPhone, they can even be displayed as a separate widget on the lock screen.
Also, the iPhone will now be able to track the medications that the user needs to take. Of course, with reminders. The application may even warn of drug incompatibilities before any problems arise.
Among the auxiliary tools is refinement in the modes of text recognition from images (Live Text, by the way, should support the Ukrainian language) and the ability to dictate texts that the smartphone automatically converts to print.
Big changes have been announced for CarPlay. This mode of outputting information to the screen of the car media display will support displays of various shapes and sizes, will be able to provide control over car functions (such as adjusting the climate system), and, finally, support the dashboard display. Unfortunately, this will happen only at the end of next year, and the list of cars with support for the new modes of operation will be announced later.
Of course, this is not a complete list of updates and additions, there are many more. These are just the ones you noticed during the presentation. You can learn more about what to expect from iOS 16 at company site. And the list of iPhone models that will receive an update starts with the iPhone 8 (2017 release):