iOS 16 launch live blog – when is it out, what does it have?

You’ve most likely been following the news of iOS 16 since it was announced back in June at WWDC 2022, and later today the latest update for your iPhone will be available, as long as you have an iPhone 8 and above.

However, as you may be waiting for the Apple iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro if you’ve already pre-ordered, iOS 16 will already give your lock screen a refresh for starters.

But it doesn’t stop there – there’s some big gains in accessibility features to help detect when there’s objects in close proximity, alongside being able to lift subjects out of an image.

With this in mind, we’ll be live throughout the day to keep track of when the latest update will arrive, and which apps may be taking advantage of iOS 16 too.

Our hands-on impressions:

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Hello, and welcome to the live blog of iOS 16’s launch. I’m Daryl, Software Writer at TechRadar, and I’ll be keeping you up to date throughout the day on iOS 16 and more.

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If anything, the lock screen is one of the biggest changes in iOS in recent years. Our US Editor in Chief Lance Ulanoff spoke to Apple SVP of Engineering Craig Federighi back in June all about it.

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While iOS 16 will run on an iPhone 8 and above, that doesn’t mean you’ll get all the features available to someone on an iPhone 14.

With this in mind, I’ve written up exactly what won’t be available on certain iPhones running iOS 16.

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If you’ve used Obscura 3 lately, we’ve got good news for you once iOS 16 arrives. 

While it’s available on the App Store for $4.99 / £4.99 / AU$7.99, a new update is releasing very soon which will bring a widget to the redesigned lock screen, allowing you to launch the app in a much faster fashion.

Twitter user FloWritesCode sent this to us:

The lock screen is such a great place to personalise the device and it’s so easy for us developers to adapt too. Basically the same as a regular home screen widget, allowing so many great devs to add lock screen widgets to their apps this summer!September 12, 2022

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We couldn’t agree more. While I still think it’s slightly odd to have no way to change the flashlight and camera icons on the lock screen, it’s great to have alternative ways to open other apps, or have glanceable information.

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If you want to make sure that you’re ready to update to iOS 16 later today, our US Mobile Editor Philip Berne has written up this mega-useful guide on how to do just that.

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Let’s not forget that watchOS 9 is also scheduled to arrive later today, bringing new watch faces, the ability to control your Apple Watch using gestures, and much more.

It’s iOS16 day, folks. Pro tip: tap the album art of whatever is playing on the Lock Screen to minimise/maximise the artwork. 12, 2022

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Here’s a great feature that may relieve some frustrations from one of our great freelancers – tapping the album artwork in iOS 16 on the Lock Screen, will minimize it.

How about that?

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