Anyone with an iPhone or iPad probably knows that Apple releases major new versions of their operating systems (iOS and iPadOS, respectively) every fall. The version 16 releases in 2022 once again add important new features and provide more ways to tailor your device to your needs.
As he has done for quite a few years, Josh Centers provides in-depth coverage of the features that are new or different. This time, however, in response to reader feedback, Josh has provided more information about the things that haven’t changed, giving you a book that helps you get up to speed with your iPhone or iPad, understand the quirks of the user interface, and become proficient in using the most important built-in apps. Although it is not intended as a comprehensive guide to everything an iPhone or iPad can do, it’s now suitable for beginners and long-time iOS/iPadOS users alike.
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Among the many topics covered in the book are:
- A complete list of what’s new in iOS 16 and iPadOS 16—in 35 major categories
- Information on what each of the built-in apps does
- How to use and customize the Lock screen, Control Center, and Home screen
- Creating and using Focus modes for enhanced “Do Not Disturb” settings
- Using Handoff to start tasks on one device and then continue them on another
- How to search with Spotlight
- Making the most of Siri for getting information and performing tasks
- Working with keyboards (built-in and external) for text editing, emojis, and more
- Sharing almost any content with others in a variety of ways
- Special iPad-exclusive features (including Stage Manager on iPads with Apple M-series chips)
- How to communicate using Apple’s Messages app
- Using the built-in Camera app for photos and videos
- Configuring your device’s accessibility features, including Live Captions for real-time transcriptions of audio
What’s New in Version 1.3
This version adds new sections to discuss features added in iOS 16.2 and iPadOS 16.2: Freeform, Apple Music Sing, and Advanced Data Protection for iCloud. See “Features Added Since 16.0.”
What Was New in Version 1.2.1
This minor update fixed a few small errors and removed some leftover mentions of “coming soon” features that appeared in iOS 16.1 and/or iPadOS 16.1.
What Was New in Version 1.2
iOS 16.1 and iPadOS 16.1 have been released, and this update covered the changes from version 16.0. See “Features Added Since 16.0.”
What Was New in Version 1.1
As always, a few things change between beta and when Apple releases an operating system, and I’ve updated the book accordingly:
- The iCloud Shared Photo Library was delayed, but I have left the iCloud Shared Photo Library content intact. See “iCloud Shared Photo Library.”
- Apple has announced the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max with a few new features that I discuss in “What’s New with the iPhone 14.” In short, the iPhone 14 Pro line has some major new changes, while the iPhone 14 is a modest upgrade.
Unlike the past few years, Apple has shipped almost all of the promised features at launch, but we’re still waiting on:
- The Freeform app, announced at WWDC. It’s a digital whiteboarding app designed around collaboration. Strictly speaking, this is not an iOS 16/iPadOS 16 feature, but a separate app due later.
- The new iPhone 14 feature Emergency SOS via Satellite will arrive later this year.
Posted by Joe Kissell on December 4, 2022
Josh Centers joined host Chuck Joiner on MacVoices to talk about _Take Control of iOS 16 and iPadOS 16. Josh discusses some of the new features in Apple’s latest operating systems—as well as some bugs.