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Apple recently launched the public beta version of iOS 16 for every user with compatible iPhones. Earlier, its availability was only for app developers,and its stable version has an expectation to get released soon at the end of September or October along with the launch of the iPhone 14 series. 

Already, Apple had showcased iOS 16 during its WWDC event last month, but the OS is downloading on iPhone 13 mini to check out five features that iPhones might get this year.

The steps of downloading iOS Beta 1 on iPhones are  already covered, if users decide to download it, readers are advised not to test it on the primary iPhone as it still might become buggy leading to the loss of some data. 

An iOS 16 Lock screen is refreshed by Apple remembering the started experiment with widgets, which Android phones had many years before.

Now, the iPhone’s lock screen gets widgets that are only limited to native iPhone apps like Weather. In order to use this feature, long-press the lock screen selecting customize and press on the boxes under also over the clock to add widgets along with changing the font and color of the clock.

Apart from that, a ‘plus’ icon on the extreme right lets the users change wallpapers seamlessly and also a live tracking feature that currently works with only very few apps.

For instance, the timer on your screen is quite visible, also letting users apply filters on their lock screen wallpaper, which is pretty convenient. 

iOS 16 Notifications appear directly on the lock screen while having access by swiping from bottom to top as  it is important to understand that smartphones are getting bigger, and swiping up from down can grow difficult.

Apple had also started experimenting with pushing the URL bar down on Safari with the rollout of iOS 15. Otherwise, the iPhone continues showing notifications by swiping up and down while the phone is unlocked but  our iOS 16 Beta 1 testing experience was buggy for those who wanted to put the notifications out of sight which can still make changes by heading to Settings.

An iOS 16 Photos uncovers two things firstly, the camera app and then Photos. When you open the camera, there are two buttons for the primary camera and ultra-wide camera. Earlier, there was a single button tapping that gave you the option to switch.

At the top, there’s a dedicated button for filters and  not introducing new filters, but there’s a new interface, which looks modern, also adjusting the tone and intensity of filters.

The iPhone 13 series smartphones are going to get an improved cinematic mode, that basically blurs the background in videos also to the Portrait mode experience for still photos.

Moving to the Photos’ in-built editing tool, Apple trends on introducing a nifty feature with iOS 16. Now copy and paste edits on other photos and save time  on re-editing photos which requires a certain filter or color correction, also allowing users to use the iPhone’s cameras as a webcam on a Mac.

An iOS 16 Keyboard is at least improving the dictation feature that converts speech to text working with apps like WhatsApp and Gmail. It is still laden with bugs, and the Keyboard also needs improvements.

An iOS 16 Privacy opts to introduce some useful features like App Tracking Data and native VPN also lockdown mode, preferably designed to protect against spyware like Pegasus and to use it head to Settings > Privacy > Lockdown Mode.

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