iOS 16 rumors — Everything we know so far


When can you anticipate the next major iPhone software upgrade from Apple?

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Countdown to Apple’s WWDC 2022 event has begun, which means we’ll be able to see iOS 16 for the first time in June. Apple’s annual developer conference serves as a venue for showcasing updates to all of the company’s software platforms, including the iPhone’s operating system and operating system apps. Apple is expected to unveil a slew of new iPhone features and refinements in the coming months.

For those who haven’t yet upgraded to iOS 16, there is another incentive to keep an eye on iOS 16. iOS 16 will arrive as the default operating system for Apple’s upcoming line of flagship smartphones at the same time as the company’s next series of flagship phones. iOS 16’s unveiling today might also offer us a sneak peek at the iPhone 14 versions that are expected later this year, if rumours are true.


Rumored features for iOS 16 are few at this point in time. Despite the fact that Apple develops all of its software in-house, the company puts a lid on new features right up to the WWDC unveiling. Consider how Apple’s many supply chain partners inform leakers about upcoming modifications to iPhones, in contrast.

Some rumours have surfaced regarding iOS 16 modifications, and we’d want to know what Apple has in store for its mobile operating system. Apple hasn’t released a release date or a list of compatible devices for iOS 16, but here’s what we know so far.

Apple’s iOS 16 release date rumours

In order to give app developers enough time to update their applications to operate with Apple’s forthcoming iOS version, Apple regularly reveals its impending software upgrades during its annual Worldwide Developer Conference.


This year’s WWDC takes off on June 6 with an opening-day keynote from Apple CEO Tim Cook. At that point, we’d bet the farm on an iOS 16 preview. Developers are given a beta version of Apple’s iOS software during the WWDC conference.

It’s also common for Apple to release a public beta version of their software around the end of the month or the beginning of the next month at the earliest. As a result, a public beta is expected to be available by the end of June.

I believe that iOS 16 will be released alongside the iPhone 14 and 14 Pro in fall. Apple often releases new iPhones in September, but we have no idea when the iPhone 14 will arrive. At the same time, iOS 16 is expected to be released.


Is there a list of the devices that will be able to run iOS 16?

The iPhone 6s, which was released in the fall of 2015, has been supported by Apple’s latest two software upgrades. As a result, we believe that some older devices may be on the verge of being dropped from Apple’s iOS 15 programme. With this release, rumour has it that Apple will no longer be able to support the iPhone 6s, the iPhone 6s Plus, and the original iPhone SE from 2016.

Such phone owners can’t truly feel aggrieved if iOS 16 marks the end of Apple support for those devices. Six years have passed since the release of the first iPhone SE, and this autumn will mark the seventh anniversary of the iPhone 6s. iOS 16’s features may be beyond the capabilities of some of those devices, given the advancements in computing power over the last several years.

Apple provides a separate iPadOS software update for iPad compatibility. Many of the features included in iOS 16 will be there in this year’s release, but we expect it to have tablet-specific functionality as well.


A look at the rumoured iOS 16 features:

A few leaks have hinted that Apple’s iPhone software may see some updates later this year, but the firm has yet to provide any details on iOS 16. The most common rumour is that the widget functionality introduced by Apple in iOS 14 will continue to be improved upon.

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According to LeaksApplePro, Apple is working on so-called “large widgets” that would hold numerous widgets in a single container. According to LeaksApplePro, the large widgets resemble the Smart Stack widgets found in iOS 15, however the iOS 16 version will display numerous widgets at once rather than requiring you to scroll through each one as they presently do.

There are Control Center widgets for handling things like the iPhone flashlight or an Apple TV remote in the screenshot of the huge widget — which is supposedly code-named “InfoShack.”


A number of other speculated iOS 16 features are linked to Apple products that have not yet been released. Apple, for example, is rumoured to be working on a VR/AR headset that might be released in 2022 or perhaps this year. A wearable mixed reality gadget named Apple Glasses is also rumoured to be in the works by Apple.

A lot of third-party apps will be needed for these gadgets to be profitable. ARKit, Apple’s set of tools for creating augmented reality apps, is expected to get an upgrade as a result of this. Apple might potentially show off its mixed reality hardware at WWDC in order to encourage iPhone app developers to start adding AR into their products.

Apple’s upcoming iPhone 14 might include crash-detection technologies that will alert emergency services if the gadget senses that you’ve been involved in an accident, according to Mac Rumors in late 2021. However, it may not be possible to trial such a feature until the iPhone 14 is released because of new iOS 16 features.

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In an unconfirmed video from The Hacker 34(opens in new tab), a number of probable iOS 16 improvements are shown, including multitasking capabilities to let two apps run simultaneously on the iPhone’s screen. Additionally, the video hints at a lock screen with configurable shortcuts, an always-on display and unique icons.

This is what we’re hoping to see with iOS 16:

Many of the rumoured widget changes fascinate us, and we hope to see them in the iOS 16 concept movie. Then then, we expect iOS 16 to bring a slew of new features, and we’re eager to offer up our own ideas on what Apple can do to improve the software.

With iOS 16, we want to see even more cross-pollination between the best features of iOS and Android. A Clear All button on Android makes closing all of your open apps a cinch. The days of swiping up on a never-ending stream of applications on your iPhone are over with the addition of this feature to iOS.


For those who spend a lot of time in the built-in chat app, Apple has made it a priority to improve Messages with each new iOS release. We’re hopeful that iOS 16 will include additional features for browsing through recent talks. As a specific request, we would like to see the search bar in Messages becoming a bit more advanced, with the possibility to set filters and fine-tune searches so that relevant messages can be found more quickly and easily.

We especially loved the improved Memories feature in iOS 15’s Photos app, which has some excellent photo-editing capabilities built in. We’d want to see some new features for iOS 16 that are inspired by Android. Magic Eraser is just one example of the new features that have been added to the Pixel 6’s camera. Given Apple’s competence in artificial intelligence, we believe the company could easily implement a comparable feature.

For every new iOS release, at least one of the built-in applications receives a major overhaul—take a look at the revamped Apple game Maps. Considering how unimpressive the app looks on the iPhone’s screen, we believe Apple could do a better job presenting material in News. When it comes to building your own automations and shortcuts using Shortcuts, the interface isn’t exactly welcoming. People would be more inclined to use this app if it had better-designed tools.


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