Apple engineers finished creating the first iteration of iOS 16 last week. This indicates that Apple will concentrate on fixing bugs in the last few weeks rather than adding any significant new features or modifications to the operating system.

Mark Gurman of Bloomberg reaffirmed in the most recent issue of his “Power On” newsletter that the release of iOS 16 and watchOS 9 together with the new iPhone 14 and Apple Watch Series 8 models is scheduled for September, while he anticipates the release of iPadOS 16 and macOS Ventura for October.

Apple engineers completed work on the iOS 16.0 update this past week, and it will be released in September along with watchOS 9. The new hardware will be compatible with such updates. However, due to Stage Manager-related delays to the iPad software, the updates to macOS Ventura and iPadOS are now planned for October to coincide with the new hardware lineup, said Gurman.


A configurable Lock Screen with widgets, the option to temporarily modify or unsend an iMessage, iCloud Shared Photo Library for sharing photos with family and friends, a redesigned Home app, and other features are among the major new features in iOS 16. On the majority of iPhones with a notch, Apple also reintroduced a battery % indication in the status bar.

The most recent public beta of iOS 16 from Apple has a new icon for the battery percentage. This makes determining the remaining battery life on an iPhone with Face ID easier: On the upper right of the display, inside the battery symbol, is the remaining percentage. Up until now, Face ID iPhones lacked a battery indicator, so you had to visit Control Center to see how much power was left in your device.


Especially if you have an iPhone with Face ID, one of the things you look at the most on your iPhone is the lock screen. The lock screen on the iPhone has undergone the biggest overhaul to date with iOS 16. Hold down the button to change your lock screen.

To test out numerous different looks, swipe. Each design modifies the typography and colour filter for the lock screen backdrop photo in order to make everything blend together. Similar to Google’s Material You, which debuted with Android 12, this has an Apple vibe to it.

Visual Look Up in iOS 15 can analyse your photographs and recognise objects like plants and animals. In contrast, iOS 16 enhances this feature. You can remove a photo’s subject from the background and add it to applications like Messages by touching it.

In essence, it’s a tap-and-hold tool that gets rid of the background of a picture. Although Apple occasionally overuses the word “magic” for this feature.