INSIDERS got a first look at Apple’s next generation of iPhone software that will transform the way we interact with our devices.
Niels van Straaten’s 1.3 million Instagram followers turn to him for all things Apple.
“People are really excited about one of the most outstanding new features, the new lock screen,” said van Straaten.
And with good reason – it’s been a while since a component as important as the lock screen has had a complete overhaul.
In iOS 16, the lock screen will be action-packed with widgets and customizable interfaces so you can do more while staying present.
Apple Insider reported that only select Apple-produced apps have lock screen widgets ready for beta testing and early experimentation.
News, Home, Batteries, Clock, Fitness, Reminders, Stocks and Weather widgets have been confirmed.
Van Straaten believes widgets created by major developers will improve the iPhone’s ambient computing capabilities.
“It’s going to be a very clean and fluid experience with live widgets,” said van Straaten.
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He gave the example that with live widgets you can track an Uber from the lock screen without having to unlock the device.
All the information that used to require opening the phone and selecting an app is available at a glance.
Finally, the notifications have been adjusted a bit – they appear at the bottom of the lock screen instead of in the middle.
“iOS offers more than just a simple software package, it really tries to push the boundaries in terms of creativity,” said van Straaten.
The background removal tool was demonstrated at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference and is already being praised by tech magazines as a sleek, impressive addition.
The background removal tool is based on the same technology as the visual lookup feature, which can provide information about objects in images.
Using machine learning, the device can “see” objects and look them up, give directions to landmarks in images, or clip the background.
The snippets can be copied and sent via iMessage or saved for later use.
“It works well with portrait photos and food,” said van Straaten. He added that the feature can even remove the background from screenshots of videos.
Van Straaten said creativity is at the forefront with iOS 16 and there’s nothing more creative than suffocating a slow-moving device because of limited storage space.
The user knows there are hundreds of duplicate photos eating up valuable kilobytes, and the software is intelligent enough to recognize the images as copies.
In iOS 16, users can bulk delete duplicate photos with just a few taps.
The software gives the iPhone a better understanding of itself and what it can do to optimize its own performance for an improved user experience.
The app barons
Apple’s new software features bring more utilities into the home and eliminate the need for additional apps.
There are dozens of apps on the App Store that remove images from their backgrounds – and once iOS 16 is live, there’s little reason to keep any of them.
Third-party developers are being eaten up by Apple’s expanding capabilities – Van Straaten can personally attest to that.
He reckons that PixelMagic, a background-removal app he developed and lucrative, may fall victim to Apple’s software improvements.
If Apple’s tools are better than those offered by third parties, then companies using Apple software can work better and achieve their goals – as long as they don’t overlap with Apple’s own goals.
Van Straaten was able to access a beta version of iOS 16 through a paid developer account.
He posted a video on his @applesign account on how to upload a beta download to his device.
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