10 hidden features of iOS 16. For example, a secure folder for hidden photos

Many users have already updated their iPhones to the latest version of the iOS 16 mobile operating system. We have already talked about 16 important changes and a selection of useful settings that should be reconfigured immediately after installing the update.

Now let’s talk about a dozen hidden, but extremely important options for your iPhone with iOS 16.

1. Choose a password to protect notes

This feature of the iPhone, which has been in the system for several years, was brought to mind with the release iOS 16. It’s about protecting notes with a password.

Firstlythe Cupertinos have separated the option for device notes and shared user notes in iCloud.

Secondlyit became possible to choose a suitable password for blocking.

This can be either a separately invented code or a regular password to unlock the device. If you choose the second option, the probability of forgetting the code will be significantly reduced.

Where to look for the option: go to Settings – Notes – Password and select the appropriate option to protect your notes.

2. Currency converter in Camera app

The logical development of the Live Text option was the appearance of text recognition through the camera viewfinder. You no longer need to take a picture or search for a picture to recognize it.

You can now point your camera at any text, store sign, or road sign through your iPhone’s camera for translation. Along with this, the developers have added a built-in currency converter.

Where to look for the option: start the camera in mode A photopoint the devices to the desired price tag and click the button text recognitionand then the convert button in the bottom left corner.

3. Deleting contacts directly from the list

For the first time in many years of developing a mobile operating system, Cupertino added a quick and easy way to delete contacts directly from the list in the application Telephone or Contacts. Previously, to do this, you had to open the contact card, press the Edit button and scroll to the very end of the list to find the delete option.

Now you can open the contact list and delete entries directly from it. The usual side swipe removal method was not used to avoid false positives.

Where to look for the option: open the contact list in the app Telephone or Contacts and hold your finger on an unnecessary entry, you will see the delete button in the drop-down list of actions.

4. Automatic installation of security updates

Finally, Apple allowed to separate system updates into two categories: regular and security updates. If for some reason you are in no hurry to download all iOS updates, you can leave only the installation of the most important ones enabled.

So your iPhone will regularly receive and install security updates, and you can skip regular updates or install them manually.

Where to look for the option: go to Settings – General – Software update – Auto update and activate the last option in the list.

5. Speak incoming notifications

Previously, the Siri voice assistant could speak incoming notifications when working with a connected headset. Now it is possible to turn on the dictation of the messages you need even without headphones connected.

At the same time, in the settings of the chip, you can specify applications, notifications from which will be spoken by voice.

Where to look for the option: open section Settings – Accessibility – Siri and enable the option Announcement of notifications through the speaker. In the settings block below, you can enable or disable the feature for each installed application.

6. Autopunctuation for text dictation mode

In a key update to iOS 16, the dictation mode has been seriously improved. It began to more accurately recognize the user’s voice and work in parallel with text input through the virtual keyboard.

At first, the updated option may confuse users, but then you will definitely get used to it.

In addition to convenient voice input, you can turn on automatic punctuation so that you do not edit the dictated text in the future.

Where to look for the option: open Settings – General – Keyboard and activate the switch Autopunctuation.

7. Transferring Safari Extensions to Other Gadgets

All devices with iOS 16, iPadOS 16 and macOS Ventura got the ability to carry cross-platform browser extensions safari.

Of course, all gadgets must work on one Apple ID account. After that, you can install and configure the extension on one device, and it will automatically be transferred to the rest.

Where to look for the option: the chip turns on along the way Settings – Safari – Extensions – Accounting across devices.

8. Sort Apple Music Playlist

This seemingly obvious innovation appeared in iOS just now. With it, you can sort any playlist by the desired parameter.

Tracks can be sorted by: title, artist, album or release date. There is a separate option that returns the original sorting of the playlist.

Music lovers will be pleased.

Where to look for the option: open any playlist in Apple Music, press the menu button in the upper right corner and select a section Sorting. In the drop-down list, you can specify the desired order of the tracks.

9. Quick access to wireless headset settings

It took more than five years for the Cupertinos to come up with a convenient way to interact with the settings of wireless headsets on the iPhone. Since the introduction of the first generation of AirPods, users have had to open the Bluetooth settings and click on a non-obvious icon in order to change the control gesture or switch the headphone mode.

With the release of iOS 16, the original AirPods and Beats headsets have another additional feature. Now, when you connect headphones, you can go to the system settings and quickly find the section with their settings.

Where to look for the option: just open the standard settings app when the headphones are connected to the iPhone and at the very top of the list you will see the headset settings.

10. Secret Photo Folder

Cupertino added a folder in iOS 14 Hidden in the application A photo. However, anyone who got your unlocked smartphone could view it.

In the latest system update, the feature was finally brought to mind and it was forbidden to view the folder without authorization via Face ID or Touch ID. The same option is available for the folder Recently deleted.

Where to look for the option: go to Settings – Photoactivate the switches Displaying the Hidden Album and Using Face ID. After that, you can send any photo there through the action menu, and you can find the protected folder in the section Albums.

Now you know about the most useful small chips that were left behind the scenes at the summer presentation of the mobile OS.

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