GadgetsFix discovered that Apple in June 2022 previewed the new version of the iPhone’s operating system, iOS 16. iOS 16 introduces redesigned, customizable Lock Screens with widgets, the ability to edit and delete messages, improved Focus modes, an iCloud Shared Photos Library for families, major improvements for apps like Mail, Home, and Wallet, and much more.
First, the Lock Screen is fully redesigned in iOS 16. The new Lock Screen design is highly customizable with a wide range of options for widgets, typefaces, a multilayered effect for images and animated wallpapers. Users can create multiple different Lock Screens linked to Focus modes
Secondly, notifications now roll up from the bottom of the screen to be less invasive. Live Activities help users keep track of current events, such as a workout or a sports game, in real-time directly from the Lock Screen. Focus modes are improved with easier setup, Focus filters, linking to individual Lock Screens and Apple Watch faces, and more configuration options.
Thirdly, iOS 16 is compatible with the iPhone 8 and later. A beta version of the update is currently available to developers, and a public beta will become available in July. iOS 16 will be released officially in the fall, likely in September.
Finally, the Lock Screen now features widgets inspired by Apple Watch complications, providing information at a glance about upcoming calendar events, the weather, battery levels, alarms, time zones, and Activity ring progress. Developers can create widgets for their own apps using the WidgetKit API.