There are usually several features that Apple is unable to complete before the first official release of a new major iOS release, and this year looks no different, with a total of nine. iOS16 features now confirmed not to be present in the first public release of the new operating system.
Last year, SharePlay, digital IDs in the Wallet app, and Universal control were among a large number of features in iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 which were not available in their initial release, taking several months to reach users.
Apple previewed each of the following features when announcing 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: Track activities happening in real time like a sports game or carpool with just a glance on the lock screen. Third-party apps and App Clips can implement support through 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 a FaceTime call.
- Game Center contact integration: Contacts displays your friends’ Game Center profiles. Tap on them to see what they play and achieve in games.
- Support for the material: The new smart home connectivity standard that allows compatible accessories to work together seamlessly and across platforms. Matter lets users 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 many accessories and multiple controllers.
- Freeform application: A new digital whiteboard application with a flexible canvas for creating project diagrams, aggregating important assets and brainstorming, with real-time collaboration features and rich multimedia support.
- iCloud Shared Photo Library: A new option in the Pictures application to allow users to create a shared photo library and invite anyone with a Apple ID to view, contribute to, and edit it, including bookmarking images and adding captions. There are no limits and all participants have the same permissions, making it ideal for families.
- Key sharing: The ability to securely share keys in Apple Wallet via email and Mail apps.
- Easy configuration of shortcuts for iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X: Siri can run shortcuts from installed apps without any setup process (to be available immediately and without delay for new devices).
iCloud Shared Photo Library has become the latest feature to be deferred following Apple’s “Far out” event earlier this week, but all other delays were known during the initial iOS 16 preview at WWDC.
Apple says all of these features will arrive in an iOS 16 update later this year, but it has yet to offer a more specific timeline for any of them. After months of beta testing, iOS 16.0 will officially be available for download on all compatible iPhone tomorrow. For a detailed breakdown of all the new features in iOS 16, see our full roundup.
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