iOS 16 is set to rollout to iPhones on Tuesday, along with updates for WatchOS and tvOS. The update will bring several new customisation tools and widgets to Apple devices’ lock screens, and many new features that improve security, messaging, and sharing.
Among them is the iCloud Shared Photo Library. Initially announced as part of the iOS 16 launch, Apple’s website now lists the feature as “coming later this year”. While no specific release date was given, it could possibly coincide with the release of iPadOS 16 and macOS Ventura, which are expected to roll out in October.
iCloud Shared Photo Library lets users set up albums where multiple people can contribute to the shared library. With it, any changes made by any of the album’s participants will be synced across every user’s account, such as adding, editing, or deleting photos.
Synced editing includes favouriting photos, captions, and even keywords, meaning that one person could organise the collection for everyone, or each member can contribute. iOS 16 will also give you the option of sharing photos automatically when library members are nearby and will suggest photos in your personal library that should be shared.
As for messaging, Apple is finally bringing the highly requested ability to delete or edit your iMessages, although they will be subjected to some limitations to provide abuse. Additionally, users will be able to share notes, presentations, reminders, and even Safari Tab Groups straight from the Messages app. The updated ecosystem will also introduce the ability to hand off FaceTime calls from one device to another, like from your iPhone to your iPad.
Internet browsing will get more convenient with the implementation of Passkeys, a more secure sign-in method that even works on non-Apple devices. In collaboration with cloud service providers, Automatic Verification will get rid of those annoying CAPTCHAs on most sites.