What has changed in iOS 16, an overview of changes and new features


Apple introduced iOS16 in June at WWDC, and in early September, the final version of the system became available for download on users’ devices. In this review, we will talk about the features of the system, but at the same time we will compare it with Android and see if there is something unusual, new in iOS16, something that is missing in Android. Go!

Table of Contents

Supported Devices

Starting with iPhone 8, you can install iOS16, some features will not work on previous generations.

Notifications on the lock screen

One of the most controversial changes, Apple decided to move notifications to the bottom of the screen, now they are grouped there. In all smartphones, notifications have always been associated with a curtain that is located at the top of the screen; on Android, alternative settings were available when notifications were hidden at the bottom of the screen, but they were not popular. Apple decided not to be like everyone else, but left the opportunity to return notifications, make them the same as before. To put it mildly, a very controversial decision that contradicts all the experience of using iOS of previous versions. This type of notification is enabled by default.

Lock Screen – Wallpaper, Widgets

For the first time in the history of iOS, Apple has redesigned the lock screen, you can add widgets, pictures to the display, change pictures automatically. Out of curiosity, you can create several different lock screens and change them according to your mood in manual mode, or they will change automatically in Focus mode. When using an Apple Watch, the lock screen can also change automatically.

On Android, the lock screen initially has a wide range of customization options, which directly depend on the manufacturer. So there are no news and features here, in iOS16 they simply borrow existing solutions. I like pictures of the Earth or the Moon, they look good. But only.

Live events

Originally called Live Activity, the widget at the bottom of the screen that shows the current event. For example, you start music and see the corresponding widget. Do you play sports? This means that you are shown how much you have walked or run.

Messages (iMessage)

Apple does not support RCS messages, which are promoted by various manufacturers, including Google. Which leads to the incompatibility of the proprietary iMessage application with most smartphones on the planet, and this is Android. When one of the journalists complained about this, saying that his mother could not receive messages from him in the form in which he created them, Tim Cook offered to buy an iPhone for his mother.

I always knew what they write to me from the iPhone, if a person used emoticons at the end of the text, they came in the form of a separate message, and not in the text, as it was written. Google even ran an ad campaign asking them to fix iOS Messages because they don’t work properly.

Apple does not want to switch to a common standard, but in iOS16 for iMessage they added several features that we know well from messengers – the ability to edit a sent message or even delete it (both for yourself and for a person, available in the first 15 minutes after sending). You can mark a message as unread so you can return to it later.

SharePlay lets you watch a show on Apple TV+ while chatting with a friend (iMessage only).

You can also share notes, presentations, reminders, bookmarks from Safari in messages. Yes, all this was not in iOS, and here you can sympathize with the users of this system, which, by the way, explains the popularity of the same Telegram. A sort of replacement for “Messages”, which did not know how to do a lot of things. In general, we can say that we have spied a lot of chips in Android, but Apple is still far from implementing everything that is available there.


In the Russian version, the option is called “Focus”, which sounds as strange as possible, because it was enough to leave just “Focus”. You can set up different design options, what and how will work in your device. A sort of scripts that work depending on the selected item. In Android, scripts have long been known, it’s the same here, only a side view. From the new – you can change the lock screen for the selected focus scenario.

Mail (built-in application)

The search in the mail has been redesigned, now you can search not only for specific words, but also their synonyms, which greatly simplifies the search itself. There was an option “Remind me later”, there is a small period of time to cancel sending a message.

Of the pleasant – the ability to send a message on a schedule.

A photo

In the “Photos” section, you can view duplicate photos and delete unwanted photos. Albums such as “Hidden”, “Recently Deleted” by default require login using face unlock (as an option, a password or a fingerprint sensor on models where it is). In the “People” album, contacts can be sorted alphabetically.

In the photo editor, you can copy changes (actions) and apply them to a group of photos (a kind of automation when you do not need to do the same actions).

By holding an object in a photo, you can select it and save it separately. The option does not always work well, look how cool the bull is carved, but I was cut out with defects.

Shared folder in iCloud for photos

If you want to share your photos with your family, you can add up to six people. In the shared folder, you can view photos, edit them. You can set up filters so that new photos are added to the shared library automatically.

Apple Pay and Wallet

In the US, you can store your digital IDs in Wallet (not in all states). Merchant receipts appear in Wallet when I pay with Apple Pay (requires merchant support). You can also use Wallet to verify your age in apps, the exact date of birth is not shared with the third party app. It immediately became possible to share digital keys with other users, for example, this way you can transfer the keys to the house.


A major update for the US market, in the application you can point the camera at the drug label and get a detailed description of it. Your medical record is taken into account, what medications you take, how these medications may conflict with each other. In the application, you can register your medications, how they should be taken, and create reminders.


The Fitness app can be used without an Apple Watch, your smartphone counts steps, shows your activity, closes circles in the widget. You can share your achievements with friends, set goals. For those who use the paid version of the application with the “+” icon, there are various rewards, including those that will be issued for past achievements.

face time

Now you can transfer a FaceTime call to other devices, for example, send it from your computer to your phone or vice versa. For new versions of the iPhone, it is possible to use them as a webcam with a MacBook, but a separate accessory is required.

Siri and voice input

It is now supported to launch any application that you have installed on your phone using a command. When you enter by voice, punctuation marks are automatically placed, you can indicate with your voice that you need to put a smiley (by describing it in words). The improvements are obvious, the quality of dictation directly depends on the language, it is the best for English.

Live text and visual search

The Live Text function can recognize text in both images and videos, in the latter it must be paused. The text can be recognized, copied and saved, and the use of a dictionary to translate the text is also available.

Apple Maps

Possibility to add waypoints on the route. What can I say? It is high time.

Child account, parental control

The ability to create a child account on the device, set parental control rules.

Bottom line – is it worth upgrading?

Outside of the description is the ability to use FaceID in landscape (not available on all devices), CarPlay and changes in operation (not yet available), as well as iCloud +, which is still not available. Many features will come with updates. I did not make any emphasis on Memoji, new poses and emotions appeared there. iOS now supports Bulgarian and Kazakh languages. The keyboard has vibration feedback.

Each new version of systems from different manufacturers brings many small changes, many of them are not needed for the vast majority, focused on “heavy” users who can squeeze everything out of their devices. And here iOS16 is no exception, you should definitely not expect something like that. Good update, there are a lot of tweaks related to the interface. They do not always coincide with what iPhone users are used to. Emphasis on the glossy component, simplicity, as far as it is possible with the complication of the interface.

Most of the features presented have long been familiar from Android smartphones, there are no revelations here. But for those who live inside the Apple bubble, this does not matter, the main thing is that they have new chips, everything else is secondary.

The article is in Russian

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