16 Apple iOS 16 hidden features you didn't know

Apple yesterday released the official version of iOS 16, the latest version of iOS, with a new customizable lock screen, improved messaging, and enhanced features such as mail, maps, and more. In addition, iOS 16 includes many detailed changes, improvements, and new features that help improve the iPhone experience. Foreign media MacRumors lists 16 hidden features and improvements of iOS 16 that you may not know about, and let’s take a look:

  • Get rid of duplicate photos: The iOS 16 Photos app lets users know if they have multiple identical photos on their iPhone, and can delete extra photos to save space. Duplicate photos are listed in a new "Duplicates" album.
  • AirPods Update: Managing AirPods settings is easier in iOS 16, with a dedicated options section in the Settings app when AirPods are connected. iOS 16 also adds Personalized Spatial Audio, which uses the TrueDepth camera to scan the user's ear to provide a unique listening experience tuned for the user.
  • Face ID in landscape mode: iPhones running iOS 16 already support Face ID in landscape mode, making it easier to unlock the phone when the iPhone is not held in the standard portrait orientation. This feature is limited to iPhone 13 and later.
  • Protect hidden and deleted photos: In iOS 16, users will need to authenticate with Face ID or Touch ID before they can access hidden and recently deleted albums. If someone accesses your phone without unlocking it, iPhone locks these albums.
  • WiFi passwords: If you've ever been frustrated by not being able to access the network WiFi passwords you're using, that's changing in iOS 16. In the iPhone's WiFi settings, users can finally see the network password for the connection.
  • Keyboard Haptic Feedback: There is a keyboard setting in iOS 16 that allows users to enable haptic feedback while typing. Each key press vibrates, providing the user with a physical confirmation that a letter has been tapped.
  • Copy and Delete Screenshots: When users take screenshots on iOS, in addition to being able to save the screenshot to Photos, Save as Quick Notes, and Save to Files, users can now "Copy and Delete". The new option will save screenshots to the clipboard, making it easier to use one-off screenshots without saving them to the device and cleaning them up.
  • Ability to remove "Find My", "Clock" and "Health": Starting with iOS 14, Apple allows users to uninstall some apps that are preinstalled on the iPhone. More uninstallable apps have been opened in iOS 16, including "Find My", "Clock" and "Health". Users can also redownload deleted apps from the App Store.
  • Built-in currency conversion: iOS 16 has built-in currency conversion in the Camera and Photos apps. Just point your iPhone camera at the price tag, wait for the live text icon to appear, tap and hold the price, and select Convert.
  • View battery percentage: In iOS 16, Apple gave users the ability to display the iPhone's battery percentage directly in the status bar within the battery icon, though the status bar battery percentage isn't available on all iPhones.
  • Hang up with Siri: A new setting in iOS 16 allows users to use Siri to hang up an ongoing call. Going to Settings > Accessibility > Siri and activating Hangup, users can say "Hey Siri, hang up" to end an ongoing call. Note that other people on the call will hear your request to Siri before hanging up.
  • Prevent calls from accidentally hanging up: Users on iOS 16 can now disable the side button to end calls. In previous iOS versions, pressing the side button and locking the iPhone during a call would immediately end the call. In iOS 16, Apple allowed users to disable the feature by going to Settings > Accessibility > Touch and turning on "Prevent Lock to End Calls".
  • Sorting options for playlists: In Apple Music on iOS 16, users can now sort playlists by title, artist, album, and release date. When viewing a playlist, press the three dots in the upper right corner to find new sorting options.
  • Full-screen music player: One of the major but perhaps lesser-known features of iOS 16 is that Apple will bring back the full-screen lock screen music player. When listening to songs from Apple Music, Spotify, or other third-party music apps, press the album art on the lock screen in Now Playing to enter the new player look. Clicking on the full-screen album art minimizes Now Playing.
  • Spatial Audio Made for Users: With the latest AirPods and select Beats headphones, iOS 16 users can activate personalized spatial audio. The feature supports the LiDAR scanner on the iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro, or iPhone 14 Pro to scan the shape of the user's ear for a better spatial audio experience.
  • New warning while charging: On iOS 16, if a user's iPhone becomes hot, the phone will receive a new notification that charging will be suspended until the iPhone cools down. This is done to prevent possible long-term damage to the iPhone battery.

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