There are usually a number of features that Apple hasn’t been able to eliminate before the first official release of a major new version of iOS, and this year looks no different, with a total of nine iOS 16 features confirmed to no longer exist. Is. The first public version of the new OS.
Last year, SharePlay, Digital ID in the Wallet app, and Universal Control were among a large number of features in iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 that weren’t available in their initial releases, taking several months to trick users.
Apple previewed each of the following features when it announced iOS 16 at WWDC earlier this year, but they won’t be present in iOS 16.0 when it’s released to the public tomorrow:
- Live Activities: Follow real-time activities such as sports matches or ride-shares with a glance at the lock screen. Third-party apps and App Clips may implement support thanks to the Live Activities API.
- game center shareplay support: Games that use Game Center multiplayer support have SharePlay integration. You can automatically start playing with friends on FaceTime calls.
- Game Center Contacts Integration: Contacts Shows the Game Center profiles of your friends. Tap to see what they’re playing and what they’re getting into the games.
- case support: New smart home connectivity standard that enables compatible accessories to work simultaneously and across all platforms. Matter allows users to choose from even more compatible smart home accessories and control them with the Home app and Siri on Apple devices.
- Updated architecture for the Home app: Improvements to the underlying architecture of the Home app to enable faster, more reliable performance and improved efficiency, especially for homes with lots of accessories and multiple controller devices.
- freeform app: A new digital whiteboard app with a flexible canvas for drawing projects, collating important assets, and brainstorming with real-time collaboration features and rich multimedia support.
- iCloud Shared Photo Library: A new option in the Photos app allows users to create a shared photo library and invite anyone with an Apple ID to view, contribute, and edit it, including liking images and adding captions. There are no limits, and all participants have the same permissions, making it ideal for families.
- key sharing: Ability to share keys securely to Apple Wallet via messaging app and Mail.
- easy shortcut setup For iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X: Siri can play shortcuts from installed apps without any setup process (to be available for new devices immediately without delay).
iCloud Shared Photo Library became the latest feature to be delayed following Apple’s “Far Out” event earlier this week, but all other delays were known at the initial preview of iOS 16 at WWDC.
Apple says all of these features are coming in an update to iOS 16 later this year, but hasn’t offered a more specific time frame for any of them yet. After months of beta testing, iOS 16.0 will become officially available for download tomorrow on every compatible iPhone. For a detailed analysis of all the new features in iOS 16, check out our comprehensive roundup.