Set to launch in September, the latest Apple iPhone update via iOS 16 is set to be a game changer – but what are a few of the most prominent new features?

Since its initial release in 2007, the iPhone’s features have certainly come a long way. Improvements have been made to keep up with consumer demand, such as larger screen sizes, waterproofing, the ability to install third party apps, and many more accessibility features.

While a lot has certainly changed, one thing has remained the same – all Apple products are powered by its own in house operating system, iOS. While minor updates are regularly issued in line with developer tweaks, iPhone users usually receive the annual iOS upgrade during the “Apple Month” of September. 

At Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) 2022, The company announced numerous software and hardware updates, including a sneak peak of what to expect from iOS 16. While the latest Apple iPhone update is currently restricted to developers, what are some of the key upgrades that consumers can look forward to?

Unpacking The New Features Of iOS 16

Following the beta testing period, Apple is expected to officially release iOS 16 in September 2022, or just prior to the launch of the next iPhone lineup. While loyal Apple customers will have to wait until then to actually use the new features of the operating system, executives have offered a preview on what to expect. 

Edit And Delete Texts – While many of us are guilty of accidentally sending a text to the wrong person or wishing we had said something differently, the latest Apple iPhone update will allow users to do just that. With iOS 16, users will be able to edit or recall a text up to fifteen minutes after sending it, recover recently deleted messages for up to thirty days, and mark conversations as unread to come back to them later.

Introducing Safety Check – In an effort to combat the dangers of domestic violence, Apple’s Safety Check is a new feature intended to be helpful for people in abusive relationships, and allows users to activate an emergency reset. In addition to reviewing who has access to location information as well as passwords, messages and other apps on an iPhone, the concept is to provide a way for users to “lock out” their abuser from accessing their personal data.

Health App Upgrades – While many Apple users love the built in Health app, iOS 16 will also add a new section called Medications. Designed to allow users to conveniently build and manage a medications list, create schedules and reminders, and log and track their medications, vitamins, or supplements with custom visuals, interactive charts will also help users understand when they’ve taken their medications.

Personalised Lock Screen – Have you ever thought that the iPhone lock screen could do so much more than display the time? With iOS 16, the latest Apple iPhone update aims to tackle just that.  Users will be able to change the look of the date and time with expressive type styles and colour choices, and add new widgets such as upcoming calendar events, the weather, battery levels, alarms, time zones and more.

Visual Lookup Enhancements – With the introduction of Visual Lookup to iOS 15, users could use information in their photos to track down information about them on the internet, such as identifying plant species, dog breeds and even local landmarks. Now, iOS 16 takes Visual Lookup one step further by tapping and holding on the subject of an image to lift it from the background, and place it in apps like Messages. 

When September arrives, anyone with an iPhone 8 and newer will be able to update to iOS 16. Unfortunately, this also means that if you have an iPhone 7 or older, then you’re out of luck. Thankfully, for those in need of an iPhone upgrade but don’t want to spend a small fortune on a new handset, the team at SOS Phone Repairs offers a solution. 

Talk Tech Upgrades With The Professionals

SOS Phone Repairs are specialists in high-quality, cost-effective phone repairs, tablet repairs, and PC repairs, all backed with a six month warranty. Founded in 2015 in Coffs Harbour and now with over sixteen outlets located all over Australia, our primary driving factors remain the same: people and phones. 

Whether it’s to get a few more years out of your trusted iPhone, to fix one up to sell, or to repurpose an old one as a gift, repairing a smartphone might just be easier and cheaper than you think. However, if you’re in the market for a new smartphone, SOS Phone Repairs also stocks a wide variety of refurbished handsets at a fraction of the cost of a brand new one. 

If you are on the hunt for a quote, diagnostic, or even just some good old fashioned, friendly advice, please don’t hesitate to get in touch or give us a call today at SOS Phone Repairs.