16 Hidden iOS 16 Features You Didn’t Know About
Apple this week launched iOS 16, the latest version of iOS with a new customizable lock screen, big new additions to Messages and improvements to Mail, Maps and more.
Apart from the main features, there are a number of quality of life changes, improvements and new features baked into iOS 16 that help improve the iPhone experience. We’ve listed 16 hidden features and changes from iOS 16 that you might not have known about below.
- Get rid of duplicate photos – The iOS 16 Photos app can notify you if you have multiple identical photos, giving you the option to delete the additions to save space. Duplicate photos are listed in a new “Duplicates” album that appears if you have duplicates to deal with.
- AirPods updates – Managing AirPods settings in iOS 16 is easier with a dedicated section that appears in the Settings app when AirPods are connected. iOS 16 also adds a personalized spatial audio feature that uses the TrueDepth camera to scan your ears, providing a unique listening experience tailored just for you.
- Face ID in landscape mode – iPhone models running iOS 16 support Face ID in landscape mode, making it easier to unlock the iPhone when not held in the default portrait orientation. The feature is limited to iPhone 13 and later.
- Hidden and deleted image protection – In iOS 16, you must authenticate with Face ID or Touch ID before you can access hidden and recently deleted photo albums. This essentially locks these albums from viewing if someone gains access to your phone while it’s otherwise unlocked.
- WiFi password – If you’ve ever been frustrated by the inability to access the WiFi password of the network you’re using, that changes in iOS 16. In iPhone’s WiFi settings, you can see the password of the network you are connected to.
- Haptic feedback for keyboard – There is a keyboard setting in iOS 16 that allows you to enable haptic feedback that can be felt as you type. The vibrations are for each keystroke, giving users a physical confirmation that a letter has been pressed.
- Copy and delete screenshots – When you take a screenshot on iOS, in addition to being able to save the screenshot to Photos, save as a quick note, and save to Files, you will now be able to “Copy and Delete”. The new option saves the screenshot to the clipboard and then deletes it from the camera roll, making it easier to use disposable screenshots without saving them to your device and having to clean them up later.
- Ability to delete Find My, Clock and Health – With iOS 14, Apple allowed users to download some of the apps that come pre-installed on the iPhone. With iOS 16, Apple expands the number of apps you can delete from your phone, which now includes Find My, Clock, and Health. Deleted apps can be re-downloaded from the App Store later if needed.
- Built-in currency conversion – Thanks to new features in Live Text, iOS now includes built-in currency conversion in the Camera and Photos apps. Just hold the iPhone camera up to a price tag, wait for the Live Text icon to appear, tap and hold the price, and select “Convert.” Live Text also supports translation and metric conversion.
- See your battery percentage – In iOS 16, Apple gives users the ability to view their battery percentage directly in the status bar inside the battery icon, removing the need to swipe into the Control Center to check the battery level. Battery percentage switching is not available on all iPhones.
- Use Siri to hang up – A new setting in iOS 16 allows users to use Siri to hang up on an active call. By going to Settings > Accessibility > Siri and enabling End Call, users can now say “Hey Siri, hang up” to end an active conversation. Note that the other person(s) on the call will hear your request to Siri before hanging up.
- Prevent accidental call interruptions – Users on iOS 16 will now have the option to disable the side button from ending an active conversation. In previous versions of iOS, pressing the side button and locking the iPhone while in a call will immediately end it. In iOS 16, Apple allows users to disable it to prevent accidents by going to Settings > Accessibility> Touch and toggle “Prevent lock to end call”.
- Sorting options for playlists – In Apple Music on iOS 16, users will now have the option to sort playlists by title, artist, album and release date. The new sorting option can be found by pressing the three dots in the upper right corner when viewing a playlist.
- Full screen music player – An important but possibly lesser-known feature of iOS 16 is that Apple is bringing back the music player with a full-screen lock screen. When listening to a song from Apple Music, Spotify, or other third-party music apps, tap the album cover on the lock screen from Now Playing to enter the all-new player skin. Tap the album cover in full screen to minimize Now Playing.
- Spatial sound just for you – With the latest AirPods and some Beats earphones, iOS 16 users can enable Personalized Spatial Audio. Personalized Spatial Audio uses the LiDAR scanner on the iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro or iPhone 14 Pro to scan the geometry of the user’s ears to deliver a better Spatial Audio experience.
- New warning while charging – On iOS 16, if the iPhone is hot, you will get a new notification telling you that charging will be paused until the iPhone’s temperature cools down. This is done to prevent possible long-term damage to the iPhone’s battery.
For the ultimate rundown of everything new in iOS 16, see our comprehensive roundup.
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