iOS 16 – Brilliant new iPhone features are coming any minute
Apple’s iOS 16 will launch any minute after being confirmed at the iPhone maker’s fall event. According to Apple, iOS 16 will be available on September 12, and the latest iPhone software comes with a bunch of shiny new features that will be game changers for your security and privacy. Here are the best iPhone features that come with iOS 16.
Rapid Security Response
Currently, Apple’s security updates come with feature upgrades, although the iPhone maker is increasingly releasing separate emergency patches such as iOS 15.6.1. Fearing iPhone bugs, many Apple users have to choose between security and functionality when a new version of iOS is released.
Enter iOS 16 Rapid Security Response, Apple’s answer to fixing security quickly and separately from general software updates. “Now your iPhone will get important security enhancements between regular software updates, so you’ll automatically stay up-to-date and protected against security issues,” Apple says.
Security keys make a lot of headlines, and for good reason. Available in iOS 16, passkeys are end-to-end encrypted and synced across Apple devices through the iCloud Keychain password manager.
Among the benefits, Apple’s solution for clearing the password prevents you from being phished and protects your credentials from leaking websites. “Your private key is never stored on a web server, so you don’t have to worry about leaks from websites compromising your accounts,” according to Apple.
Security keys should also be easy to use. Starting with iOS 16, you can sign in to websites or apps on other devices, including non-Apple devices, with your registered passkey by scanning the QR code with your iPhone or iPad and using Face ID or Touch ID to authenticate.
Cancel sending messages
Apple fans have been asking for the ability to unsend messages for some time, and with iOS 16, the iPhone maker has finally launched this feature. You can edit a message up to 15 minutes after you send it, and you can unsend a message up to two minutes after it was sent. Users can make up to five edits to a given message, but be aware that recipients will be able to see a recording of it.
Lockdown Mode is, in fact, something that grabbed the headlines from Apple when it launched iOS 16, but most of us won’t be using it. Apple says lockdown mode provides “extreme protection for the very small number of users who face serious, targeted threats to their digital security.”
The idea of this feature is to lock your iPhone to such an extent that it will not be targeted by spyware. Unfortunately, lock mode renders your device nearly unusable, so approach it with caution.
Safety Check is a useful privacy feature available in iOS 16 for people who may be exposed to a controlling or abusive partner. More broadly, it can be used as a quick check to help lock your iPhone. Using Safety Check, you can reset the access you’ve granted to others, change system privacy permissions for apps, and restrict messages and FaceTime to the device.
Several other privacy and security features of iOS 16 are also worth noting. First, apps will ask for permission before accessing the clipboard to paste content from another app.
Meanwhile, in Photos, your hidden and recently deleted albums are locked by default and can be unlocked using Face ID, Touch ID, or your password.
There’s not long to wait – iOS 16 will be released on September 12, when you can try out these awesome new iPhone features. Stay tuned for more Apple analysis, including iOS 16 security patches, reviews, and demos.