Your guide to Apple’s new software update

With a new batch of iPhones comes a new update and in 2022 Apple’s latest software is iOS 16. If you haven’t updated already, this is your PSA to say you box. If you’ve already downloaded this sleek new iOS interface, we’re here to guide you to all of its new tricks and features.

Here’s a breakdown of everything you need to know about iOS 16.

A Simple Guide to Apple’s iOS 16 Update

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How to download iOS 16?

Software updates from Apple are usually quite straightforward. If you haven’t been prompted by a pop-up yet, here’s how to download the new iOS 16 software.

  1. Go to your iPhone settings
  2. Tap General
  3. Tap Software Update
  4. If an update is available, you can tap download and install.

Your phone will need an internet connection and will need to restart, so be sure to pick an appropriate time and place for the update.

iOS 16 is only supported on iPhone 8 models and above, so if you’re using an older phone, you won’t be able to upgrade.

What’s new?

Apple’s latest operating system is quite a hefty update, especially to the design and aesthetics of the iPhone. If you want to take stock of all the best features of iOS 16, we’ve broken it down for you here. Otherwise, we’ve called out some of the more specific ones below.

Lock screens

Image: Apple
Image: Apple

One of the major new features that everyone is talking about in iOS 16 is the ability to completely customize your lock screen. Apple introduced widgets in the previous operating system and now you can integrate them into your lock screen as well.

Here are some guides that will help you get the most out of your new lock screen:


You may have heard of Apple’s new magic photo feature. The feature basically lets you remove a subject from an image and paste it somewhere else. Like a cutout in Photoshop but much faster and easier to do on your phone.

Find out how to take advantage of the photo lift and drop feature here.

Security updates

Even if you’re not a fan of the new iOS 16 system, security is still a good reason to update.

Among some new security flaws that have been patched, iOS 16 introduces a bunch of additional privacy features like a periodic security check for app permissions and protecting your clipboard.

Learn more about new iOS security features here.


Finally, after years of asking, you can finally change that “dodge” to what you really mean. iOS 16 lets you edit text messages and even mark them as unread so you don’t forget to reply.

Learn more here.


Screenshot: Khamosh Pathak
Screenshot: Khamosh Pathak

Apple’s Reminders app has been revamped in iOS 16 with a more intuitive design and improved features like smart lists and schedules.

Learn more about new features in the Reminders app here.


Apple Notes is another app that got the iOS 16 treatment.

Quick Notes is one of the app’s best new features, allowing you to quickly paste links to articles or web pages for later. Check out all the new Notes features here.

Hidden Features

Did you know that your iPhone supports Nintendo Switch controllers with the new update? Or that you can easily delete all those duplicate contacts?

iOS 16 has many hidden features that will make your life easier. Discover them all here.

Apple also has a detailed list of all new operating system features if you prefer to read it here.

A new iOS upgrade always makes your phone feel fresh whether or not you have the new iPhone 14. However, if you feel like investing in the new iPhone, we’ve broken down its new hardware features here.