The first day of iOS 16 will be on the market. First, try these features

The first day of iOS 16 will be on the market. First, try these features ...

iOS 16, the next version of Apple''s iPhone software, is now available for download today (September 12). And if you''ve ever seen the update since Apple first prepared it at its developer conference in June through the subsequent public beta release, you''ll know exactly what to keep an eye on.

But what if you don''t? No worries, we''ve got a rerundown of iOS 16''s top features and how to use them, along with screenshots of the most significant upgrades coming to your iPhone. Our iOS 16 public beta hands-on also gives you a sneak peek of how iOS 16 should perform on your iPhone.

Before you start on iOS 16, read on for links to all of our coverage. Stay tuned for updates throughout the day on how to download iOS 16 to your mobile device.

iOS 16 release: When is it coming?

Apple has promised iOS 16''s release sometime today, an announcement that came amid the September event where the iPhone 14 made its debut. Three iPhone 14 models, which include iOS 16, have been released on stores Friday (Sept. 16), so Apple is eager to release iOS 16 to existing iPhones ahead of the release.

There''s no definite time for an iOS release, but if the past is an indication, we''d expect the iOS 16 update to arrive around 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT, give or take an hour. That''s when we''ve seen major software updates from Apple in the past, though the company might always surprise us with a different moment.

When the iOS 16 release is available, simply tap on the Settings app and go to General. Select Software Update and iOS 16 should be waiting there for you to download.

Which iPhone do you need in iOS 16?

The full release of iOS 16 will be accelerated if you''re familiar with the public beta; however, any iPhone 6s or iPhone 7 models that were capable of running iOS 15 will be excluded from the mix, although the 2020 and 2022 versions will be able to update without a problem.

Note that some iOS 16 features require an iPhone with an A11 Bionic chip or later to support some features such as Live Text and Visual Look Up. (That''s right from iOS 15.) If you have an iPhone XR or later, you''ll be fine.

iOS 16: Top features

So you''ve installed iOS 16? What options should you try out first? Here''s a look at the software update''s profile, based on our time with the iOS 16 public beta.

The changes to the iOS 16 lock screen are probably the most noticeable with this software update, as you can now customize your iPhone''s lock screen with different fonts and colors. An even greater upgrade is the ability to place widgets on the lock screen, which will come in handy if you have an iPhone 14 Pro, thanks to the new always-on display.

In iOS 16, here''s how to customize your iPhone lock screen.

Messages include the ability to mark texts as unread, which may come in handy if you want to review them later when you have more time. SharePlay also includes Messages, which allows you to collaborate with other users in apps such as Files, Keynote, and Notes.

The biggest change in iOS 16 Messages involves new editing tools. Specifically, you''ll be able to edit text messages after sending them, and unsend text messages if you''ve replied to the wrong text message. Only for a limited window after sending your text.

iOS 16 Mail: Not the only apps to gain the ability to return what you''ve mistakenly sent. Along with the ability to unsend emails in iOS 16 Mail, you may also schedule an email to be sent later, according to Gmail''s capabilities.

iOS 16 Safari: Based on the Tab Groups feature introduced with iOS 15 last year, iOS 16 Safari offers collaboration tools by allowing you to share tab groups with other users.

Passkeys, a password replacement that will require third-party apps and websites to embrace, is another major upgrade in iOS 16.

iOS 16 Maps: More detail city maps are coming to more locations, and you''ll also be able to find the cost of trips when you plot routes using the navigation software''s public transit option. And the new Maps also allows you to save money on all transit cards you''ve stored in the wallet app.

The main feature of Maps is the ability to list multi-stop routes when you''re driving. In fact, you may make up up to 15 stops on any one trip.

iOS 16 News: A feature called My Sports allows you to select your favorite teams across a variety of sports. This adds to the News page, which includes scores, articles, and video highlights.

iOS 16 Fitness: You no longer need an Apple Watch to monitor how much you move. iOS 16 has a standalone fitness app that tracks your steps, distance traveled, and calories burned. It may be a stripped-down version of a similar app for Apple Watch owners, but fitness on the iPhone can help you get things started.

iOS 15 Focus: Apple streamlines the setup process for Focus. New filters allow you to fine-tune what''s permitted and what''s blocked out when you''ve set a Focus mode, but Apple has also released a feature to allow developers to add filters to their apps.

iOS 16 Photos: As Apple adds the ability to copy and paste photos and videos, it saves you time when you want to reverse and re-institute image edits in real time. The Hidden and recently Deleted folders now use Face ID unlocking to increase security. A new folder allows you to get identical folders out of your library.

Visual Look Up allows users to create a much more detailed, complex picture, as well as include other applications such as Notes, Messages, and more. Previously, there are a few birds, insects, and statues, but Visual Look Up has expanded its scope to include a broader text.

That''s just the minor changes to iOS 16, which includes new Memoji options as well as the ability to track medications in the Health app. iOS 16 also adds several additional features. Check out the best hidden features in iOS 16 you may have overlooked.

What features will not be available on iOS 16 when it comes to life?

Back in June, Apple previewed a new iCloud Shared Photo Library, which was designed to make it easier to share photos with friends. With the iCloud Shared Photo libraries, you may include five other people, all of whom may include their own photos and modify them to include them.

Throughout the iOS 16 beta process, we anticipated iCloud Shared Photo Library to debut with the rest of iOS 16''s new features. However, Last week, The Verge (opens in new tab) reported that iCloud Shared Photo Library was not going to appear with the rest of iOS 16 today. Indeed, a check of Apple''s iOS 16 features (opens in new tab) page now lists iCloud Shared Photo Library as coming "later this year."

Live Activities was not expected to be available with the rest of iOS 16. This is a new kind of notification that alerts you about the score of a ballgame, for example, or the status of a ride-share coming to you. However, Apple does provide a somewhat clear picture of how Live Activities will perform with its Timer widget, which displays a live countdown on the lock screen.