More iOS 16 tidbits: New FaceTime video calling UI, redesigned video player, and more

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Apple this week announced iOS 16, a major release packed with important customization features for the lock screen, new features for Focus Mode, the ability to edit and retract iMessages, and more.

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While Apple showed off some of the key features of the iOS 16h during its packed WWDC keynote, there are dozens, if not hundreds, of minor features and changes left for users to discover. Below, we’ve compiled a list of six changes and new features you probably didn’t know about.

Transparent FaceTime Video Call User Interface

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During FaceTime video calls, Apple updated the user interface in iOS 16 to be completely transparent, with the buttons for camera, microphone, Messages, speaker, and SharePlay now larger and easier to touch.

iMessage mention suggestions now include contact pictures

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When mentioning a contact in iMessage, mention suggestions now include a contact image in the quick tap bar. This can be especially useful in group chats where multiple people may share a name.

Completely Redesigned Video Player UI

iOS 16 Video Player UI Update


Apple has redesigned the stock video player UI in iOS 16, getting rid of unnecessary clutter while highlighting basic controls like volume, play/pause, and picture-in-picture.

Redesigned Voice Message Experience in iMessage

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Apple has redesigned the voice messaging experience in iMessage with iOS 16h, making it its own separate iMessage app that resides in the app bar.

The app allows users to quickly touch, hold and record messages. Apple has replaced the previous hold and swipe up gestures for recording voice messages with a new dictation button. On a related note, users can now flip through voicemail in iOS 16.

Privacy Access History

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In iOS 16, Apple is adding a nifty trick that lets users check which apps have recently accessed their camera, microphone, location, and other sensitive sensors on their iPhone. The new view can be accessed by tapping on the top of Control Center immediately after the app uses the Charms.

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