There are many great things about Apple's Photos app for iPhone and iPad that we know and love, and the new iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 software updates bring even more features that are about to become your favorites. There's one big change you may have already heard about and several minor improvements that make the app more useful and enjoyable.
The iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 updates for iPhone and iPad include significant improvements to Apple's Messages app, and some of the new features are things users have been requesting for a long time.
Apple made significant improvements to its Shortcuts app in iOS 16 and iPadOS 16, so you can do even more with custom task shortcuts on your iPhone or iPad. The big story is "App Shortcuts," which takes all the work out of building shortcuts, giving you immediate access to premade ones that developers include with their apps. But that's definitely not all you'll find that's new.
Your iPhone's Weather app is receiving its biggest update yet in iOS 16. With Apple finally incorporating its Dark Sky purchase into Apple Weather, you'll see more information for each location's forecast. Plus, there are a few surprises to be excited about, such as the ability to add more cities to track.
The home screen is the most important part of your iPhone when it comes to customization, and Apple is giving us even more options to customize in iOS 16.
The volume buttons on the side of your iPhone are for more than just adjusting volume levels for media, ringers, alerts, Siri, and other sounds and voices. You can use them to perform different actions inside certain apps, and you can even create custom actions using the Shortcuts app. It's not exactly button mapping, but it's as close as you'll get without jailbreaking iOS 15.
While hitting snooze won't help you much if you fall back asleep, it can help you wake up more gently. However, your iPhone's default nine-minute snooze may be too long or too short for your preferences. If you tend to fall back asleep quickly, you might be better with a two-minute snooze.
It's easy to start panicking when you delete an important email, but it's even easier to undo the mistake on your iPhone or iPad. You can retrieve an accidentally deleted email instantly on iOS and iPadOS with the help of a hidden gesture, and you'll be much more efficient with the Mail app once you learn how to use it.
Many of Apple's apps, including Books, Messages, Photos, Shortcuts, and Weather, are getting significant upgrades in iOS 16. Another app with lots of exciting new features to explore is Notes, and some of the new tools it offers might end up being things you use every day to make lists, save ideas, jot down thoughts, create outlines, draw sketches, record observations, and more.
Apple is finally giving the Books app for iPhone the attention it deserves in iOS 16, making the experience even better for reading books and listening to audiobooks on the go. You can even do more with Books in custom shortcuts you develop.
How To: 7 Things You Need to Know About iOS 15.6 for iPhone, Which Includes Over 35 Security Patches
After nearly two months of beta testing, Apple is finally pushing the iOS 15.6 software update to all iPhone users. While it's not as feature-rich as the iOS 15.5 or iOS 15.4 that came before it, there are still a few things you'll want to know about it.
You may use Safari on your iPhone or iPad to open links and browse the web, but there's so much more it can do for you. Since iOS 15 and iPadOS 15, you can implement third-party Safari extensions in your browser that go above and beyond content blocking, sharing, and performing basic actions.
Your iPhone's lock screen is about to explode with your personality. With iOS 16, Apple has made its most significant update ever to the iOS lock screen, and there are a lot of features to be excited about.
The App Store has been around for almost 14 years now, and during that time, we must have seen over a million games come and go and stay and expand. But only a tiny fraction of those games have become blockbuster sensations because of the mighty App Store's reach on iPhone and iPad, and many of the first big hits are still alive today for you to relive the good ol' days of mobile gaming.
Apple's latest iPhone and iPad software, iOS 15.5 and iPadOS 15.5, became available on May 16, so you can download and install it right now if you haven't already. While there aren't as many new features as iOS 15.4 and iPadOS 15.4 had, there are a few big ones in the U.S. you'll want to know beyond Apple's minuscule "About this Update" information in the "Software Update" menu.
When you look at your status bar on your iPhone, you'll almost always see the battery icon, which gives you an estimate of how much battery life you have left before you need to charge the device. What you won't always see is the exact battery percentage, but there are multiple ways to force it out of hiding.
From time to time, you may need to locate the version and build number for a particular app on your iPhone or iPad, but it's not at all obvious where you can find the information. Well, there's more than one place to look on iOS 15 and iPadOS 15, but none are perfect solutions. Knowing each method will ensure you can always find any app's real version number.
There are many things your iPhone or iPad can do, and Apple does an excellent job of documenting everything on its website. But there are some features that won't show up in any Apple manuals or help pages.
How To: The Trick That Lets You Link to Specific Start Times in YouTube Videos Right from Your Phone
You can add a timestamp to any YouTube video in just a few clicks from the desktop website on your computer but not from YouTube's iOS or Android app. Until YouTube adds a "start time" when sharing videos from the mobile app, you'll have to use one of these workarounds on your phone or tablet.
In recent years, Apple has made it much easier to customize the home screen on your iPhone or iPad, and some of the newer tools are perfect for neat freaks. Nonetheless, a tidy home screen can still feel cluttered when iOS and iPadOS force widgets, apps, and folders to have names — but a few workarounds can help you remove some of those icon labels for good.