iOS 16 is coming soon: The liveliest rumors we’ve heard

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We have a lot of questions about iOS 16, rumored to be Apple’s next major software update. While there’s no official release date as of this writing, we’re expecting a reveal (and some answers) around Apple’s WWDC, now scheduled for June 6-10. Will older devices, like the 2016 iPhone 7, got iOS 16? How will the update compare to iOS 15 (which brought a lot exciting featuresincluding one Tool that allows you to scan text from a sheet of paper)?

Here’s everything we’ve heard so far. Keep in mind that Apple has yet to confirm any of the new operating system’s features. We’ll update this article with new rumors and leaks as we find them.

Release Date: When will iOS 16 come out?

Apple usually announces the next iOS at its annual WWDC conference and releases a public beta shortly after. It’s safe to say that we’ll learn more details at WWDCwhere Apple indicated Upgrading from iOS 15 last year.

We could very well see the launch of iOS 16 in September, as the next iOS usually arrives at the same time as the next iPhone. For example, last year Apple released iOS 15 on September 20th, about a week after iPhone 13 Event. Should Apple’s iPhone 14 Event will take place this September when iPhone events usually do thisiOS 16 would likely follow quickly.

Compatibility: Will iOS 16 be available for your iPhone?

Even though Apple releases a new iOS every year, the operating systems for most of the old models are compatible with iOS 15 works smoothly on the 2015 iPhone 6S. But the French site iPhoneSoft claims A developer at Apple has leaked that iOS 16 will work on iPhones with an A10 processor or higher. That’s the iPhone 7 and later – not the iPhone 6S, 6S Plus, or the SE 2016.

iPhoneSoft also says iPadOS 16 “probably won’t” be compatible with the iPad Mini 4, iPad 5, iPad Air 2, or the 9.7- and 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

Rumored new features of iOS 16: Big widgets?

A hallmark of the iPhone user experience is the grid of small app squares that dot the home screen. but LeaksApplePro suggests that iOS 16 brings “big widgets” to the table. The image LeaksApplePro tweeted appears to show apps displayed in larger squares and rectangles than usual, leaving room for more information like the day’s weather, specific reminders, and the song that’s playing. The picture was taken with some skepticism a proverb The Apple TV remote logo doesn’t match the remote’s appearance.

As for other features, iOS 15 brought upgrades like grid view and call scheduling for FaceTime — and it’s possible that with iOS 16 Apple could decide to make FaceTime look like it even more like zoom in times of teleworking and video conferencing. And how tech giants are pushing it Metaverse hype and rumors about a Apple VR or AR headset fly, it’s possible that iOS 16 could include some meta elementsalthough Apple CEO Tim Cook carefully avoided using the word.

How to download the iOS 16 beta (if it’s available)

It’s a bit far out, but it never hurts to be prepared. Downloading a new operating system takes up quite a bit of storage space on a phone, so get rid of storage suckers like old photos, videos, and apps. Then you need to backup your phone so that you don’t lose anything important in case the update goes wrong. If you are wondering how to do this, our checklist iOS 14 and later versions provide step-by-step instructions.

To try the public beta once it’s available, you’ll need to sign up for the Apple Beta Software Program. (Note that last year CNET contributor Jason Cipriani warned against installing the iOS 15 beta too quickly.)

Looking for more information about the latest from Apple? Check out CNET’s rumor round-up iPhone 14. Now if you’re looking for new ways to use your iPhone, take a look at these Change iOS 15 settings and hidden functions.

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