First info on iOS 16 – the most important innovations

Apple is currently working on a major update for the iPhone and iPad. iOS 16 is to be shown for the first time at WWDC 2022, which will take place at the beginning of June. The first innovations that the update is supposed to bring are already known.

Apple likes to use its big developer conference WWDC to announce news regarding its software. This year, it will take place on June 6. Besides iOS 16, watchOS 9, macOS 13 and tvOS 16 are also in the focus. But especially for the iPhone operating system, first details are already known. atechbook reveals what users can look forward to.

iOS 16 – this is new

The latest information about iOS 16 comes from Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman, who has often attracted attention with precise Apple predictions in the past. In his newsletter “Power on”, he has now given a first preview of the upcoming iPhone update. According to him, Apple is not planning the major visual redesign that some had hoped for for iOS 16 – codenamed Sidney – but some new functions and optimizations. Gurman himself speaks of “pretty significant improvements across the board, including a notifications update and new health tracking features.” He doesn’t provide details on that, however.

Is iOS 16 getting a new interface?

The iOS interface hasn’t changed much in the past few years. The last major innovation came with the widgets on the homescreen introduced in iOS 14. Many iPhone users are therefore hoping for another upgrade, which should bring a breath of fresh air into the software. But according to Gurman, this is not the case with iOS 16. Only iPadOS 16 could offer a further improved interface in terms of multitasking.

The leaker LeaksApplePro has a different opinion. He posted a view of the new interactive widgets that are supposed to find their way onto the iPhone with the new firmware on Twitter.

Until now, widgets on the iPhone have simply displayed information and opened the corresponding app as soon as you tap on them. This could change with the interactive widgets, which would then, for example, allow you to control the volume and skip songs directly in the music widget. Likewise, a clock or stopwatch could be set directly via the widget.

Hints of Apple glasses

The AR/VR headset has been discussed on the web for weeks. This is supposed to be a type of glasses that can be used to display augmented and virtual reality content. According to Gurman, the beta versions of iOS 16 are full to the brim with references to the headset and its interactions with the iPhone. Still, he doesn’t expect Apple to show the headset as early as WWDC 2022.

Rather, the hints in the new software are said to indicate that the headset will be launched during the iOS 16 cycle. So sometime from the start of the iOS 16 beta in June 2022 until the release of iOS 17 in the fall of 2023.

Which iPhones will get iOS 16?

The first beta of iOS 16 will probably be available from June 6. However, the firmware will only become official in the fall, when Apple presents it together with the iPhone 14 in September. The iPhone 14 already has iOS 16 installed ex-factory, all other smartphones will get the new firmware via update. But which models are affected?

Usually, Apple still delivers its new firmware to older iPhone models. However, according to the French website iPhonesoft, iOS 16 will only run on models that are at least powered by Apple’s A10 chip. That would be the iPhone 7 or newer. Models like the iPhone 6s or the first iPhone SE from 2016, which are equipped with the A9, would thus no longer be compatible with iOS 16.


  • Newsletter “Power on” via Bloomberg