These 10 new Apple iOS 16 / iPadOS 16 features coming later this year

In September this year, the official version of Apple's iOS 16 released new features such as a customizable lock screen, editing iMessages, focus mode improvement, etc. to the public. And in the coming months, iPhone and iPad users have many more new features to look forward to.

MacRumors rounded up 10 new features coming to iPhone and iPad later this year. Many features are currently part of the iOS 16.1 beta testing, but some are not expected to arrive until later this year.

iCloud Shared Photo Library

iCloud Shared Photo Library will make it easier for users to share photos with family or friends in the Photos app. This feature allows up to five people to add, edit, or delete photos in a shared library accessed through iCloud. Apple delayed the launch of iCloud Shared Photo Library and now says it will be available later this year.

Real-time activity of third-party apps

iOS 16.1 will extend Live Activity to third-party apps in the App Store. This feature allows iPhone users to keep an eye on real-time events, such as sports games or food delivery orders, on the lock screen or in Smart Island.

The live activity appears at the bottom of the lock screen on iPhone 13 and earlier, and iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus. On iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, live activity appears in the Smart Island when the device is unlocked, and on the lock screen when the device is locked or in AOD display mode.

Once the iOS 16.1 release candidate is available, developers will be able to submit apps with live activity to the App Store.

The feature will also support select sports leagues in the Apple TV app, including MLB events in the US, Canada, Australia, UK, Brazil, Mexico, Japan, and South Korea, as well as the NBA and Premier League in the US and Canada only.

SOS via satellite

All four iPhone 14 series models include the new Satellite SOS feature, which will be available in the US and Canada in November.

The SOS signal via satellite is intended to allow iPhone 14 models to connect directly to satellites, allowing users to send text messages to emergency services outside of cell phone and Wi-Fi coverage. When it launched in the US and Canada, the service was free for the first two years, suggesting that Apple may be planning to charge for the service at some point in the future.

Apple says it can take up to 15 seconds for a message to be sent via satellite under "ideal conditions with a direct view of the sky and horizon," but "under trees with light or medium-density foliage" it can take up to 15 seconds to send a message. minutes or more.

Apple Music Classic App

In August 2021, Apple announced the acquisition of Primephonic, a classical music service. At the time, Apple said it planned to launch a dedicated classical music app in 2022, combining Primephonic's user interface with other features.

Apple continues to prepare for the launch of the Apple Music Classic app, but the exact details and exact release date are still unknown.

Clean energy charging

iOS 16.1 includes a new clean energy charging feature that Apple says "aims to reduce the iPhone's carbon footprint by optimizing the charging time when the grid uses clean energy." This feature is only available in the United States.

Apple Fitness+ without Apple Watch

Starting with iOS 16.1, iPadOS 16.1, and tvOS 16.1, iPhone users without an Apple Watch will be able to use Apple Fitness+. But without an Apple Watch, iPhone users won't be able to see real-time metrics like heart rate and calories burned while exercising.

Launched in December 2020, Apple Fitness+ features a library of over 3,000 workout and meditation videos, with new additions every week. The subscription-based service is available in 21 countries via the Fitness app on iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV, and is priced at $9.99 per month or $79.99 per year in the US.


Apple said it will release Freeform's new digital whiteboard app for the iPhone and iPad later this year. Described as a "flexible canvas", the app will enable users "to view, share and collaborate in one place without worrying about layout and page size" and fully supports Apple Pencil.

Freeform will allow users to start a conversation from FaceTime and see other people's updates directly in the iMessage conversation thread.

Matter accessories in the Home app

The matter is an upcoming connectivity standard that will enable compatible smart home accessories to work seamlessly across multiple platforms, including Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa and Google Home. On iPhone, iPad, and Mac, Apple says Matter support will come in an update to the Home app later this year.

Controlling Matter accessories with the Home app and Siri requires HomePod, HomePod mini, Apple TV 4K, or Apple TV HD to function as a Home Hub.

More iPhones support battery percentage icons

Apple has finally made the battery percentage visible again in the status bar on the iPhone's notch screen, eliminating the need to swipe down. Starting with iOS 16.1, this optional feature is being extended to iPhone 11, iPhone XR, iPhone 12 mini, and iPhone 13 mini devices.

More iPad Pros support pre-stage scheduling

Recently, Apple announced that iPadOS 16.1 will extend pre-stage scheduling to 2018 (A12X chip) and 2020 (A12Z chip) iPad Pro older models.

Front desk scheduling will not support external displays on older iPad Pro models, and the feature is limited to four apps on the built-in display. Apple has also delayed external display support for front-of-stage scheduling on iPad Pro and iPad Air models with the M1 chip, saying the feature will be reimplemented in a software update later this year.

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