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Most people are always eager to try out new operating systems, but if you download one that’s still in beta testing, you can expect plenty of bugs to be present. That’s why waiting for a wide release is probably your best bet.
Apple’s iOS 16 is one of the biggest updates in years and packs a slew of changes, added features, and a handful of customization options. We’ve been playing with it since mid-July, so read on to find out what new features we love coming with iOS 16.
1. Customizable lock screen
The lock screen features a new depth perception tool where the clock appears to be behind objects in the wallpaper. But by far the most popular change is setting up multiple lock screens or using multiple photos.
When creating a lock screen (you can now press and hold the lock screen to go directly to settings), you can select multiple images to use. Then you have the option to set how often they change. It can be every hour, once a day, when you tap the screen, or every time you wake up your iPhone.
It’s a great way to keep things fresh and eliminate the hard choice of finding the perfect image that matches your personality. It also allows you to easily change wallpapers. For example, you can set a wallpaper when you are at work and another for the weekend.
During the wallpaper creation process, you can change the font color and size, which was not possible before.
2. A new way to see notifications
If you have a cool lock screen photo, you don’t want it blocked by notification banners. In iOS 16, you can now view notifications in three ways, and they all only appear at the bottom of the screen.
- Listing View is the traditional option where notifications appear on your screen one below the other.
- Stack view group notifications together, letting you scroll through previews like a Rolodex.
- Count The view only shows the number of notifications, and when tapped, it expands to show an overview.
You can pinch the list of notifications on the lock screen at any time to change the layout on the fly.
3. Keep track of medications
This is a handy new feature in the Health app. After setting up your health data, you can add any medications you are currently taking to schedule and track dosages. You can create a list to track the medications, vitamins and supplements you take
The app requires access to your camera and then scans the medicine packaging. Unfortunately, not all drugs are currently listed, but there is an option to search for them manually or search for the active ingredient.
Once configured, the Medications tab is available in the Health app. It displays a timeline at the top and a list of medications you need to take that day.
Apple says, “Taking certain medications together can make them less effective or cause side effects. To help you, when you add a new drug, you receive a critical interaction alert. You can review critical, serious, and moderate interactions in the Health app. »
4. Security with password
Apple is trying to make passwords a thing of the past with a new way to log in to apps, services, and platforms. Registering and using a password is quick and easy with one-step account creation and login using Face ID or Touch ID.
Access keys replace passwords with cryptographic key pairs to prevent cybercriminals from breaking into your online accounts.
The technology goes a long way in preventing cyberattacks because “access keys are intrinsically tied to the application or website for which they were created,” says Apple. You can use your iPhone to authenticate your connection if you need to access websites or services on another device.
We’ve only scratched the surface of what’s coming with iOS 16. You can check out more details from Apple here.
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