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.
Anyone who buys the book now will also receive a free update when Apple releases iOS 16.1 and iPadOS 16.1 to the public following beta testing.
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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 1.1
As always, a few things change between beta and when Apple releases an operating system, and I’ve updated the book accordingly:
- Apple is now saying that iCloud Shared Photo Library has been delayed. However, everyone we’ve spoken to who had the beta installed still has access to it. Sometimes, Apple will say a feature is being delayed, but it still ships on time. It could also be that it’s a feature available for beta testers but not the general public.
To cover our bases, I have left the iCloud Shared Photo Library content intact with notes saying that the feature may be delayed. See “iCloud Shared Photo Library.” As far as we can tell, there’s nothing wrong with the feature, and Apple’s delay is due to iPadOS 16 and macOS 13 Ventura not releasing until a month after iOS 16.
- 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 aforementioned iCloud Shared Photo Library.
- Live Activities, which has been delayed to a future update.
- Stage Manager, which has been delayed alongside iPadOS 16 because it has a lot of rough edges. If you’ve been considering splurging on an M-series iPad just for Stage Manager, I advise waiting. See “Manage the Stage.”
- 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.
September 12, 2022—We plan to update this book as soon as possible after the release of iOS 16.1 and iPadOS 16.1 to cover changes between now and then. Anyone who already owns the book will get the update for free.