Gone are the days where Apple’s yearly developer conference is just for the “nerds” or Apple fans out there. It’s become a spectacle of sorts, as Apple dumps a bunch of money into the creation of the Keynote presentation. This trend continued with WWDC ’22, and despite it being the first in-person event since 2019, Apple still pre-recorded the Keynote.
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When Does iOS 16 Come Out?
But during the WWDC ’22 Keynote presentation, Apple had a lot of information to share about the future of its various platforms. We got a glimpse of what to expect out of watchOS 9 and macOS Ventura. Stage Manager stole the show as Apple is finally bringing a new multi-window experience to M1 iPad owners. And iOS 16 is getting a major facelift thanks to the changes coming to your Lock Screen.
At this point, you might be wondering when does iOS 16 come out. And we have some good news and bad news. As it stands currently, only the first iOS 16 Developer Beta is available. But as the description suggests, this is designed for developers. The Developer Beta allows your favorite app makers to start learning the ins and outs of Apple’s next big update.
Apple has not provided a specific date for when iOS 16 will come out. Instead, the company only shared that it would be coming in the fall. We expect this to arrive alongside the release of the iPhone 14 series, which usually takes place sometime in September or October.
All hope is not lost though if you want to try out all the new iOS 16 features. Apple confirmed during the Keynote event that the first iOS 16 Public Beta would be arriving sometime in July. This gives Apple plenty of time to work out any major bugs or issues before it arrives for more users. But this also makes it so that app developers can test new versions, and the best part is that there isn’t any cost associated with the Public Beta. Just sign up when the time comes and you’ll be good to go!
What’s New in iOS 16
The most exciting feature coming to the iPhone with iOS 16 is the all-new Lock Screen. iOS 16 finally brings the ability to add various widgets so you can simply glance down at your phone to see how much battery is left, or what your next calendar event is. And while there are already a bunch of different options to choose from, it’s only going to get better from here.
Over the past couple of years, Apple Notes has been getting a facelift and in iOS 16, it’s getting even more features. Enhanced Smart Folders provide automatic organization based on rules that you define. Dates are automatically grouped together by date, and you can lock notes with your iPhone’s passcode, as opposed to creating a separate password.
With the Reminders app, you can pin your favorite lists to the top of the app for easy access, while also being able to finally create notes using rich text (i.e. bold text or create bullet points). Templates are coming so that you don’t have to create a new packing list every time you plan on traveling. And now, you can group reminders by time or date.
Apple beat Twitter to the punch with its ability to edit or delete messages that you send via iMessage. There are some limitations, as you only have 15 minutes to either edit or delete a message sent. You can even mark messages as unread so that you can go back to them later when you have more time to respond.
There are also quite a few more features on the way for iPhone users with iOS 16. So stay tuned for even more in-depth coverage as we hit the dog days of summer.
iOS 16 Compatibility
Much like the iPad and Mac, the iPhone is seeing a few more devices removed than we originally anticipated. This doesn’t come as too much of a surprise given the sheer number of features being packed into iOS 16. But if you want to know if your device is eligible, here’s the entire list of iPhone models that will receive the upgrade to 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 8 Plus
- iPhone SE (2nd generation or later)
Andrew is a freelance writer based on the East Coast of the US.
He has written for a variety of sites over the years, including iMore, Android Central, Phandroid, and a few others. Now, he spends his days working for an HVAC company, while moonlighting as a freelance writer at night.