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iPadOS 16 packs a lot of features for sharing content

Coming later this fall

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The next slate of software updates are coming to Apple. Because of the new M2 chip, all eyes are on what the new macOS Ventura can do. However, a lot of the same features are also coming to the rest of Apple’s ecosystem with devices. Now, let’s take a look at what’s coming for the iPadOS 16.

Collaboration in Messages

You might have seen the big new change coming to Messages on the iOS 16: the ability to edit and delete messages. Well, the iPad is getting the same love and more.

Besides the above ability, users can also collaborate more seamlessly right on the app. Messages will allow users to share content across Files, Keynote, Numbers, Pages, Notes, Reminders, and Safari. When a user invites a group to collaborate on Messages, everyone in that group has access to the same content and whatever changes are made there.

Freeform

iPadOS 16 is also introducing a new app coming this fall, Freeform. Think of it like a gigantic digital whiteboard. With support for Apple Pencil, users can sketch ideas and work on projects in a single canvas. Users can also see which group members made which contribution, allowing for more collaborative efforts.

A Weather app

It’s a subtle change, but it’s one that might prove beneficial for iPad power users. The Weather app is finally making its way to the tablet ecosystem, making use of the larger screen for better animations and more information in a single app.

Live Text and Visual Look Up

Sometimes, videos go too fast to present valuable information for users. Untranslated text and huge walls of text are perennial problems for most. That said, the new Live Text will allow users to extract text from an image with a single tap. Users can translate text and convert currency in a simple gesture.

Further, Visual Look Up will allow users to tap subjects in a video and look up what they are in an image search.

A shared library

It’s a different type of collaboration, but it’s collaboration, nonetheless. The new iCloud Shared Photo Library will allow users to share photos with up to six family members at once. Besides access to content, the app will also add, edit, and delete photos simultaneously for everyone when one member makes changes to the shared content.

Besides the host of iPad-exclusive updates, iPadOS 16 is also getting a few features from its siblings, like Stage Manager and the updated Mail app. The update is expected to roll out later this fall.

SEE ALSO: iPad Buyer’s Guide: Which iPad Should You Get in 2022?

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iOS 16 will finally let users lock their NSFW photos

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More privacy is always a good thing. Several big names in the tech industry have shifted more focus on keeping their users’ information private. Now, it’s harder for third parties to obtain information without explicit permission. Revealed during the recently concluded WWDC 2022 presentation, a new iOS 16 feature will increase your iPhone’s privacy features even further.

Starting in iOS 16, users can finally lock their most sensitive photos in the Hidden and Recently Deleted albums.

Both folders aren’t new, though. Recently Deleted is a default album that contains, as the name says, recently deleted photos that you might want to restore in the future. On the other hand, the Hidden album was introduced in iOS 15 and hid sensitive photos away from the main album.

So, if Apple already offered a way to hide photos, what’s different for iOS 16? For one, the Hidden album isn’t exactly hidden. It doesn’t require a password, and prying eyes can still easily open the folder if they know where to look.

With the latest update, the Hidden album will need authentication — Face ID, Touch ID, or passcode — for access. It’s a huge step up from what Apple currently does.

It’s also a much-needed catch-up to Apple’s friends on the Android side. Google recently introduced its own Locked Folder during last year’s Google I/O event.

While it’s not the ultimate solution against unwarranted photo leaks, it’s a succinct way to protect your private photos from most prying eyes.

SEE ALSO: iOS 16’s Messages will finally let users edit and delete messages

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These iPhone models will not get iOS 16

A loss for these iPhones

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During the recently concluded WWDC 2022 presentation, Apple hyped up the upcoming update to its mobile operating system. Much like its predecessors, iOS 16 is packing a lot of features when it drops later this fall. Unfortunately, not everyone will receive the update. As always, a few older iPhones will not support the update.

It’s not unheard of. Because iOS 16 will deliver new features, some iPhone models won’t have the necessary capabilities needed to support what’s coming to the Apple ecosystem — at least, that’s how the usual thinking goes. Aside from the obviously more dated models, the following iPhone models will stop receiving major updates starting with iOS 16:

  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 7 series
  • iPhone SE (1st generation)

For reference, the iPhone 6s came out in 2015. The iPhone 7 series and the original iPhone SE, on the other hand, launched in 2016. All things considered, the soon-to-be-outdated models had a great run. Whereas most Android phones can expect between four to five years of guaranteed major updates, Apple extended its own ecosystem’s life cycle.

However, public reception is still tepid to dropping the above models from the ecosystem. Compared to other brands, Apple is firmly in the upper echelon when it comes to price. Eking out a few more years of viability is always a plus.

That said, these models will continue to be usable, albeit without the latest features. If you have one of these phones but are also looking for compatibility with iOS 16, now might be a good time to upgrade.

SEE ALSO: iOS 16 will offer personalized lock screens

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MetalFX is Apple’s latest experiment to turn Mac into a gaming device

Smoother frames at higher resolutions

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Years after the PC established itself as the preferred desktop gaming platform, Apple has yet to make a crack at the former’s dominance. However, with all the hardware that Apple is touting over the years, you’d expect some improvements for gamers. You’d be right. While Apple is still dominant when it comes to mobile gaming, the company also showed off its new chops with desktop gaming. Complemented by the M2 chip, MetalFX is Apple’s new way of bringing smooth gaming to the Mac.

Simply put, MetalFX is Apple’s answer to NVIDIA’s and AMD’s upscaling technology. With the new technology, Macs will render frames more smoothly and with better graphics. As a result, Macs can play games more efficiently and at higher resolutions.

Besides the graphical upgrades from MetalFX, Mac’s new technology will also load resources faster and reduce loading times.

To boast its new capabilities, Apple is bringing in huge titles like the critically acclaimed Resident Evil Village. Capcom, who was present during WWDC 2022, promised that the horror game will run on 1080p on a MacBook Air. Further, other titles like No Man’s Sky and Grid Legends will make their way to the platform as well.

For the past few years now, gaming technology has come a long way to deliver the best gaming experiences even on lower-end devices. Upscaling technology and cloud gaming are pioneering huge strides for gamers. If Apple properly implements the technology into their own devices, will we see a sudden evolution of the Mac as a believable gaming platform?

SEE ALSO: Apple launches the M2 chip

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