On March 27, Apple released iOS 16.4. Usually these frequent releases are not exciting, they include bug fixes and security vulnerabilities. But this time, Apple has upped the game by releasing 21 new emojis (❤️❤️!), improving the sound quality of mobile voice calls, and adding some quality of life improvements.
We take the release of a new version of iOS as a good opportunity to look back on the last six months of iOS, because there are a lot of unknown features that you don't use that we think could be useful. . For power plants and ordinary users. Oh, and there's also the new Classical Music app that arrived with the update.
So let's take a look at the best iOS 16 tips and tricks, including everything new in 16.4.
First, let's break out what's new. These include Apple Music Classic, emoji, voice protection for phone calls, new notifications for web apps, new features for Apple Podcasts, better duplicate detection in photos, and improved collision detection in photo. iPhone 14 range.
With version 16.4, Apple introduced Apple Music Classical, designed to feature classic libraries, curated playlists, and editors' picks for the specific needs of classical music fans. With over 5 million classic songs, the classical music interface requires unique sorting and organizing features. For example, Apple has over 797 copies of Beethoven's 5th Piano Concerto, and you can search by conductor, orchestra, or even versions. Because there are many changes in the title, proper labeling and maintenance are necessary.
But there are certain limits. Siri, Apple's voice assistant, only works with the original Apple Music app and cannot extract tracks from the classic app. Also, Apple Music Classical is not yet compatible with iPad or Mac devices, and you cannot download songs directly from the app. Of course, you can work around this problem by creating a playlist in Apple Music Classical and then uploading the playlist to the main Apple Music app, but go for it.
For all you emoji users, Apple introduced a new set of emojis in iOS 16.4, including a shaking face, new colored hearts, hands swiping left and right (hey, five!), and six. New animal and pet related emojis including blackbird, donkey, moose, goose, wings and jellyfish. Also on the menu, two new food emojis (peas and ginger). Other new emojis include a folding fan, a headband, a flute, a maraca, a wave symbol, a hyena symbol, and a kanda representing Sikhism. A total of 21 new emojis have been added, but if you count the different skin tones for the pushing hands emoji, the total number of new emojis is 31.
Since the early days of the iPhone, you've been able to put a website on your home screen. But with version 16.4, these sites can finally send notifications like regular apps and place notification badges on home screen icons. This means that if for some reason you access the Gmail mobile site as a web app on your phone, it will notify you when you receive a new email. Developers need to add this feature to their websites, so we should start seeing more of this feature in the coming weeks.
iOS 16.4 improves call quality with noise isolation technology, filtering out background noise for clearer sound. This feature is useful for people who work remotely or in noisy environments, as it allows them to communicate more effectively during calls. It's been a feature of FaceTime since the release of iOS 16, so it's nice to see the same technology on mobile calls, even if Gen Zers aren't making calls.
When iOS 16 came out, it let you scan your iCloud Photo Library for duplicates and delete them. In version 16.4, this feature has been extended to iCloud Shared Photo Library, meaning if people in your shared library upload the same photo, your phone can now recognize them and suggest deleting them to save money. space. See below for more information on shared libraries.
For those who have upgraded to iPhone 14, iOS 16 offers crash detection features that will send emergency notifications and make emergency calls in the event of an emergency. The problem? Ice skaters and inline skaters bombard local 911 response centers with false alarms. Apple says new updates will (hopefully) stop this.
Along with the new 16.4 features, iOS 16 comes with a number of useful tips and tools, such as converting currencies in the Camera app, editing and sending a message in iMessage, and controlling notices. However, the most popular feature is the lock screen.
Apple has always had a problem with the lock screen. It was too constant, too busy, or the notifications were out of control. Apple finally got the lock screen straight from iOS 16, which was surprisingly the most popular feature of iOS 16 at launch. If you're still using your phone to show off static photos of your dog, it's time to shake it up.
The new lock screen is highly customizable, allowing you to change functions, add different widgets, create multi-layered images and have wallpapers. And you can create different lock screens for different focus modes (see below). There were also better notifications and live activities, like sports or carpooling apps.
To start personalizing your lock screen, long press on the lock screen and you will enter personalization mode. You can save photos, widgets and fonts and connect them to Focus mode. For example, if you enter the "driving" focus mode, the lock screen will change.
Speaking of Focus Modes, iOS 16 improves Focus Mode with new features and improvements. Previous iterations were limited, but now you can customize app and contact permissions based on actions with more advanced settings. This includes Mute and Allow lists that let you customize notifications based on what you're doing. For example, when I'm in Reading Focus, I set up filters that only allow me to receive notifications from certain people, like my colleague, and the mailboxes I see are my personal, non-work emails. (Sorry boss). As mentioned above, I can change the lock screen and even the home screen layout. For my reading approach, I have a simple home screen with news and other reading apps, and a great widget for my reading.
An improved notification system prioritizes notifications based on behavior and preferences, and you can customize how and when you receive notifications. They scroll down and no longer take up your screen. It's a small touch, but it keeps me from feeling overwhelmed by the demands of my attention.
Plus, you'll get live events on the lock screen, letting you follow things like a World Cup game or a food delivery order in real time. Developers have to create live streams in their apps, so you won't get this feature everywhere, but I used it to follow the aforementioned World Cup matches. It was nice to see it without having to remove the screen and check the app.
The Safari browser in iOS 16 includes improved privacy features, faster performance, and Apple's more intuitive interface. The tab bar is now positioned at the bottom of the screen to make it easier to navigate between web pages by swiping with your thumb. You can share tab groups you created for better collaboration.
iOS 16's Messages app (finally!) lets you snooze important emails and set reminders to return to them. It also automatically displays unanswered emails and offers follow-up. Add email scheduling and the ability to send emails to send later, and the default email app is now up to date with feature sets from Gmail and other third-party email apps.
Along with the new emoji collection, iOS 16 brings advanced features to Messages. You can edit and delete a message within a 15 minute window by long-pressing it. (The recipient can see the edits they made to the message and even make the message unsent to prevent spam.) The edit feature is a godsend for me. Fingers tend to tap so I use it all the time.
Along with the ability to find and delete duplicate photos in iCloud Photo Library, iOS 16.1 introduced Shared iCloud Photo Library. This allows you to share the library with up to five other people. This is different from a shared photo album, which is typically used between friends to store and share photos. But the changes he made do not match the album. iCloud Shared Photo Library, on the other hand, is like a complete iCloud Photo Library where members can add, manage, edit, and integrate their photo libraries. You can add photos to the shared library directly from your camera (disabled by default) and enable automatic sharing via Bluetooth proximity. This means that if you're with other members of a shared library (for example, on a family camping trip), you'll be able to automatically share photos you take with others. Once you are done with the exterior goodies, it will automatically disappear and you will part ways.
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To create a shared iCloud Photos library, go to Settings > Your Name > iCloud > Photos and make sure Sync to This iPhone is turned on. Then click on "Shared Library" and it will guide you through the installation process. You can add all your existing photos to a shared library, choose which photos and videos you want to add, or add them as they are taken or captured.
This isn't a comprehensive overview of all the new features in iOS 16 and 16.4, but it's a collection of important features that I don't see many people using.
Why don't people edit posts? Or set different lock screens? Back home, one of my Gen Z co-authors took my old iPhone 12 Pro and immediately created focus modes for school, college, and whatever teenagers do. But other friends are still using their phones like it's 2016, with a static lock screen and a tsunami of ads to browse through.
We hope this guide will help you use your iPhone effectively and efficiently.