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Apr 12, 2001

During the iOS 16 beta testing period, MacRumors wrote a series of in-depth feature guides highlighting every new addition in the update, along with how that walk you through using the new features.


This is a comprehensive guide with all of our coverage, and it's a great resource for casual users who haven't had a chance to test out ‌iOS 16 prior to its launch. Everything is organized by app or feature to make it easy to find what you might be looking for, and for those of you with iPads, many of these features are also available in iPadOS 16, with the exception of Lock Screen customization.

Lock Screen Customization

With iOS 16, Apple overhauled the iPhone's Lock Screen, introducing one of the biggest visual changes we've seen on the iPhone in years. You can set custom wallpapers, change the font of the time, and even choose widgets that you can view on the Lock Screen.


We have a guide on all of the new changes with the Lock Screen, and a long list of how tos that will help you set up your iPhone Lock Screen to suit your needs.
Messages App

Apple added a number of highly requested features to the Messages app in iOS 16, including iMessage editing, undo send, and Mark as Unread, plus the Messages app now supports SharePlay.


Our dedicated Messages guide covers everything that's new with the Messages app in iOS 16.


The Focus experience has been improved in iOS 16, making it easier to set up Focus modes. Focus modes can now be linked to different Lock Screens and Home Pages, for more customizability when you're doing different things.


Everything new with the Focus app is explained in our iOS 16 Focus guide.


With the latest version of Safari, it's now possible to pin tabs, just like you can on the Mac, plus shared Tab Groups are now supported. Apple is working on replacing passwords with Passkeys, a more secure authentication method, and web push notifications are coming to iOS devices.


Our iOS 16 Safari guide details everything that's new with the Safari browser.

Mail App

Like Messages, the Mail app in iOS 16 gains some features that are much needed to bring it in line with competing apps. An Undo Send feature gives you 10 seconds to change your mind on an email, and there are options for scheduling an email, and getting notified about missing attachments.


For a full rundown of everything new in the Mail app, we have a dedicated iOS 16 Mail app guide.


The iOS 16 Maps app brings long-awaited multi-stop routing feature, plus it includes some new transit features and interface updates. For a full list of everything that's new in Maps in iOS 16, we have a dedicated guide that lists the changes.



Siri has new capabilities in iOS 16, such as automatic message sending and the ability to insert emoji in when you're sending a text or an email, plus Apple has made some major improvements to dictation. Our full iOS 16 Siri guide lists all of the new features, and we've also highlighted relevant how tos below.


Health and Fitness

iOS updates often include new health and fitness-related features, and iOS 16 is no exception. Sleep tracking has improved, and there's a dedicated medication tracking feature so that you can keep tabs on what you're taking and get medication reminders.


Other new features include health sharing invitations and fitness tracking without an Apple Watch, with complete details available in our iOS 16 Health and Fitness guide.

iCloud Shared Photo Library

iOS 16 introduces iCloud Shared Photo Library to make it easier to share photos with friends and family. A Shared Library is basically identical to a standard personal library but it can support up to five people.


We have full details on everything that you need to know about iCloud Shared Photo Library in our dedicated iCloud Shared Photo Library guide. Apple says that iCloud Shared Photo Library will not be available when iOS 16 launches and will instead be coming in an update to iOS 16 later this year.

Live Text

Videos in iOS 16 support Live Text, allowing you to pause a video and select the text inside like you would in an image. Text in a paused video frame can be copied, pasted, translated, and more.

Other new Live Text features include a live Translate Camera, Quick Actions, and more, with full details in our Live Text guide.

Security and Privacy

With iOS 16, there are a number of security and privacy-focused updates that include landscape Face ID, Security Check, faster security updates, Passkeys, and more.


We have a dedicated Security and Privacy Guide that highlights every new feature you need to know about.

Notes and Reminders

Apple hasn't spent a lot of time talking about the new features in Notes and Reminders in iOS 16, but Quick Notes now work on iPhone for the Notes app, notes can locked with a device passcode, and there are updated smart folders.


As for Reminders, lists can be pinned, there's a completed smart list that shows finished tasks, and you can save and load list templates. A full overview of everything new in Notes and Reminders is available in our guide.

Photos and Camera

The Photos app has all kinds of neat feature additions, such as the option to copy and paste edits and more secure hidden and recently deleted albums that are biometrically locked.


There's an option to delete duplicate photos, the people album can be sorted alphabetically, and for the Camera app, there's now an option to use it for real-time translations.

A complete list of everything new in Photos and Camera can be found in our guide.

Spotlight Search

There's a new "Search" button right on the Home screen in iOS 16 to make it easier to get to Spotlight search, plus it now supports Quick Actions for doing things like starting a timer, activating a Focus, or running a Shortcut.


Siri suggestions have improved, and when Live Activities launches in the future, Spotlight will be able to start a Live Activity trackable on the Lock Screen. There are also more rich results and improvements to image search, with a full rundown on Spotlight available in our Spotlight guide.

Weather App

The Weather app now lets you tap into any of the Weather modules to get way more information on metrics like temperature, precipitation, air quality, UV index, and more, plus there's a dedicated Weather Lock Screen and weather widgets to add to any Lock Screen.


If you want to know more about the Weather app, we have a dedicated Weather app guide.

Guide Feedback

Have questions about iOS 16, know of a feature we left out, or want to offer feedback on this guide? Send us an email here.

Article Link: The Ultimate iOS 16 Walkthrough: Guides and How Tos for Every New Feature
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macrumors 601
May 14, 2012
I wonder if they have a feature in iOS 16 that when you press the side button and then tap the screen or side button and you’re not using Face ID the little padlock at the top is unlocked normally, I always thought they should give the user the ability to tap the padlock to lock the phone without holding the up volume and side button to lock it quickly.
It didn’t happen and I was 14 or 15 but I wonder if anything changed with 16. :rolleyes:


macrumors newbie
Oct 27, 2016
Well I accidentally changed my wallpaper and now i cant seem to find the old, apple wallpaper that I liked 😔

edit: was able to switch back to the old wallpaper by changing it via the lock screen.
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macrumors member
Oct 3, 2021
Well I accidentally changed my wallpaper and now i cant seem to find the old, apple wallpaper that I liked 😔
It likely created a new screen. Just press and hold the lockscreen and your old one should be available on the left side.
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macrumors 6502a
Jun 9, 2021
Why doesn’t hiding the search bar on the home screen give me back that space?! Why does Apple continue to drive everything to the top of the screen?!

By iOS 20 the entire usable area will just be a small patch in the top left corner.


macrumors 6502a
Jun 9, 2021
I think a chimpanzee designed the new wallpaper feature for both "lock and home," selecting a photo for "home" is worse by far. Select the wrong photo for "home" and it makes you go back to select album!

If you hit the little album icon in the bottom left, it will take you back to the same album. Not where you were in it, though. Back to the top of course.
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Jan 16, 2002
Denver, CO
Appreciate the massive update post! Lots to dig into in one handy location. Well done team!

Installed this late morning. Unlike others, everything seems to go as expected.

Now in 16, I’m disappointed in two things right off the bat:
1. The new Lock Screen is far less awesome than I was hoping.
2. The existence of a bug I’ve been experiencing since at least iOS 14, affecting both Mail and Messages.
Ex. I launch Mail. Scroll through my Inbox. Open an email. Tap a link in that email that takes me out to Safari. Go back to Mail, close out of that email and back into my Inbox. Quit Mail. Relaunch Mail, and instead of taking me back to my last state (Inbox), if goes directly to that email which contained the link I had tapped. I see the same behavior in Messages. It’s super annoying. Anyone else?
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macrumors 65816
Jun 8, 2017
Why doesn’t hiding the search bar on the home screen give me back that space?! Why does Apple continue to drive everything to the top of the screen?!

By iOS 20 the entire usable area will just be a small patch in the top left corner.
The pill will move there on iPhone 15. ;)

Eldaerenth Faexidor

macrumors regular
Aug 30, 2022
After updating to iOS16 I immediately had the need to use the scheduled e-mail feature. Pure happenstance. Very cool stuff!

Update: the scheduled e-mail delivery was delayed by 29 minutes.. 🤡
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macrumors 601
Sep 27, 2005
I tried the Weather lock screen. It seemed to have Do Not Disturb built in and ON, and when I turned it off, it put me back to my previous lock screen. I wound up removing the Do Not Disturb focus feature altogether to get that Weather Home Screen to work. It would be nice if the focus was available to touch and turn on/off DND when needed but couldn't figure it out.


macrumors member
Oct 3, 2015
Does anyone know what this feature is? It's described as part of the contacts app...:

"You can see unread messages or missed FaceTime and phone calls from friends and family, right on your Home Screen."
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macrumors regular
May 15, 2020
iMessage: „ … you can only opt to unsend an iMessage for up to two minutes after it's been delivered.“ I still can‘t wrap my head around this feature. This must mean that an iMessage is queued in an outbox for 2 minutes before the intended recipients can get it? If so, will communication delay be a welcome feature?
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