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iOS 16: The 10 hidden functions that will simplify your life

iOS 16: The 10 hidden functions that will simplify your life

The iOS 16 beta has been available since July 11, and it introduces a lot of new features, including a new lock screen that Apple is well touting. There are also dozens of very small practical jobs, about which the brand did not communicate much.

At the beginning of June during WWDC ConferenceApple introduced iOS 16 And the iPadOS 16. Future versions of the iPhone and iPad operating systems bring quite a number of important new features, such as a new lock screen, the ability to tweak iMessage and a multi-window multitasking system for the brand’s tablets. These updates will be available to all users in September, but Can more than impatient than already installed. Trial versions are available since July 11, just go to to download it.

Since early June, Nomirama has been testing future versions of Apple’s operating system. While it’s too early to release what counts as a test (we’ll wait for the final releases), we’ve spent the past few weeks listing all the fun little things we discovered in iOS 16 and iPadOS 16. Here are ten.

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1 – The Wi-Fi password is finally accessible

15 years later The first iPhoneApple finally realized that not all of its customers know the Wi-Fi password by heart.

In iOS 16 settings, when you select a network, you can display its authentication key in clear text (after Face ID, Touch ID, or password verification). It is possible to copy and paste it to send to someone who does not have an Apple device (the Wi-Fi password is automatically shared between Apple devices).

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iOS 16 remembers Wi-Fi password. // Source: Numerama captures

2 – Face ID works when lying down

AgoiPhone XApple allows you to unlock your smartphone, access a secure app, or pay with Face ID. Oddly enough, today Face ID only works when you hold your smartphone vertically.

With iOS 16, this flaw finally disappears. The iPhone 12 And the 13 (Not the X, XS, XR and 11) They can now recognize you if you hold them horizontally, at a game or in bed for example.

3 – Your bank card encryption is finally saved

Some may freak out when reading this subtitle, but this novelty is still very useful. Now, when a site asks us for our credit card details, Safari can complete everything, including the Card Verification Code (CVC) field. on me iOS 15this field always remains blank.

4 – Football match result on lock screen

Summer sticks, there aren’t many sports competitions at the moment. At the beginning of the school year, the new iOS 16 math stabilization function should become more practical. In Spotlight, search for the name of your favorite team and add the game that is currently streaming to the lock screen. The widget will be updated throughout the match, with the score in real time, without an app.

iOS 16 HVAC Spotlight
iOS 16 can enter all your bank details at once. It can also give you match scores from Spotlight. // Source: Numirama screenshots

5 – wallpaper changes every time

Since iPhone OS 1, you can only choose one wallpaper on your iPhone. With iOS 16, it’s possible to pick a selection of photos or let the AI ​​do it for you. It is up to you to set how often you want to change the wallpaper. This can be done every time the screen wakes up if desired. Interesting if you want to eg Enjoy wallpapers featuring panoramic photos by James Webb.

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6 – Weather: temperature curves

It’s especially good in the middle of a heat waveiOS 16 allows you to open private modules in the app weather report. If you click on the temperature program, you can now access curves showing the evolution of degrees over the course of the day.

iOS 16 Weather
Weather provides rich information on all its sections. Backgrounds may change each time. // Source: Numirama screenshots

7 – Haptic feedback on the keyboard

On Android, it has been possible for several years to make the keyboard vibrate just by pressing a key. It wasn’t fun at first, but it became so over time, thanks to the advent of tactile actuators that improve vibrations and give the impression of really pressing a key.

iOS 16 allows you to do the same on iPhone. This is an option to activate in the settings, but once you select it, the smartphone vibrates quite a bit when typing. For our part, we love it.

8 – iPad screen can show more things

A novelty reserved for iPads, also stolen from Macs, and the ability to enlarge the available surface on the screen. How it works ? Icons and text get smaller, to make more room for other items. If you have good eyesight and want to multitask Training Managerthat can be very useful.

More space
The preview is not up to date, but “more space” shrinks the interface. // Source: Capture Numerama

9- Voice memos change the design of iMessage

True False Novelty: Voice memos are now hidden in the Apps section of iMessage. When you click on the blue icon dedicated to Voice Memos, you get access to a true full screen interface, which was not the case before. Unfortunately, there are no other new features. We still can’t listen to a message before it’s sent or only edit part of it.

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10- Masked photos protected by Face ID 😏

Good news if you have Nudes Important photos to hide, iOS 16 password automatically protect some folders in your photo library. It is now impossible to access hidden photos or in the trash without going through Face ID, Touch ID, or your iPhone code.

iOS 16 Photo Messages
Amazon’s Voice Memos interface is on the left, and Protect Photos is on the right. // Source: Numirama screenshots

Bonus: Other great little novelties

Since we couldn’t put everything into this selection, let’s mention some of the other new features of iOS 16 arriving this fall. There for exampleCancel an email within 10 seconds of sending it (sort of a countdown), the ability to adjust spatial audio with AirPods by scanning their ears with the TrueDepth camera, or instant captions that, in English only, add text to whatever your device’s speaker is going through. These functions are already available in iOS/iPadOS 16 beta.