That doesn’t stop us from speculating about what may be included in the next version of iOS, which is widely predicted to be dubbed iOS 16.
Following the introduction of iOS 15 and the iPhone 13 series, we’re now in the midst of.1 updates that are incrementally polishing features we’ve seen since WWDC in June.
Whether it’s widgets or dark mode, every iOS update has brought something new to the table. However, iOS may still use some tweaks to better control how you use your iPhone on a daily basis.
Apple has followed a traditional schedule of announcing the latest iOS update in June at WWDC, followed by a release around September.
We’ve combed through our iPhones to roundup five features we’d like to see arrive in iOS 16 next year, no matter how major or minor these may be. But first, we’ll run you through when we expect it to land and which iPhones will be supported.
With iOS 15.2 currently in testing, Apple has been focusing on rolling out significant features across more .1 updates. In previous years, we’ve seen the trackpad appear on iOS 13.4, alongside ProRes in iOS 15.1 in October of this year.
It wouldn’t be a stretch to expect an iOS 15.7 by the time we see iOS 16 with more significant features.
Apple tries to support a variety of iPhone models in every new iOS release. iOS 15 supports iPhone 6S at a minimum, which was released in 2015.
It wouldn’t be a stretch to expect iOS 16 to support the iPhone 7 series at a minimum, but with some features held back, mainly due to the hardware limitations of the camera, or the chip inside certain iPhone models. Every iOS release comes with a major feature, but also a bunch of minor improvements across the board. If you still have an iPhone 8 for instance, you may reap the benefits of some of the small features in iOS 16 when it arrives. But you will most likely miss out on the big feature that Apple will showcase.
The iPhone camera has seen huge improvements in recent years, with more lenses being added and features such as Night Mode and Cinematic Mode being introduced. However, this has meant that the camera app has begun to feel bloated. Accessing forced flash or exposure settings requires a few more swipes than we’d like, alongside hidden gestures that don’t feel needed.
With the impending release of iOS 15.2, we’re also about to see a new macro button appear, which will help you to more accurately set up those close-up shots when needed. This is just for the iPhone 13 series, though. Starting afresh with the camera app could help new users take photos in a whole new way, alongside giving existing users a fresh way of taking photos and videos.
It wouldn’t be a stretch to assume that Apple has more big plans for the cameras in future iPhone models, which will also mean new features that we’ll be switching on and off when required. Let’s see an app that’s redesigned for what came before, and lays the groundwork for what’s coming next.