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The best new iOS 16 features Apple didn’t reveal at WWDC 2022

Published Jun 8th, 2022 2:14PM EDT
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Apple spent over 30 minutes discussing the new features and changes in iOS 16 during the WWDC 2022 keynote on Monday. That still was not enough time to cover everything that the software update is bringing to the table. Some of the most interesting and notable additions have since been discovered by those testing the iOS 16 developer beta.

In this article, we’ll detail the best iOS 16 features that Apple didn’t reveal at WWDC.

Locking hidden and deleted photos

In iOS 16, your Recently Deleted and Hidden folders in the Photos app are locked by default. If you want to view the photos, you will need to unlock the folders with Face ID, Touch ID, or a passcode. This should make it less likely that a friend stumbles upon a photo they weren’t supposed to see when they borrow your iPhone to make a call.

Upgrades to Memojis

Apple did not have enough time to discuss Memojis during the keynote, but the 3D avatars are receiving several upgrades in iOS 16. After the update, Memoji stickers will have six new poses and three new contact sticker poses. Memoji users can also choose from 17 new and updated hairstyles, more headwear, more noses, and more neutral lip colors.

Improvements to Apple Music

Apple Music gets a few worthwhile improvements in iOS 16 as well. You can now favorite artists in Apple Music to get new music notifications and improved recommendations. You can also sort playlists by title, artist, album, release date, or playlist order.

Added support for Switch controllers

iOS 16 brings native support for both the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller and Joy-Con to the iPhone. If your primary home console is a Switch, your controllers just got more useful. Plus, as Riley Testut notes, the controllers “work perfectly” with his Delta emulator:

Push notifications from websites

Apple announced that web push notifications are coming to Safari in macOS Ventura during its keynote on Monday. It turns out that iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 will get web push notifications as well, but support for these opt-in notifications won’t be ready until 2023.

Keyboard haptics

Apple is bringing haptic feedback to the keyboard in iOS 16. If you prefer to feel confirmation when you type out a text or email, this feature is for you.

Units conversions in Notes

In iOS 16, Apple has added a real-time unit conversion feature to the Notes app. TechCrunch says that if you write out “1000g” in a note, tap on done, and then tap the number, the app will show you a selection of unit conversions. It will work with weight, currency, and liquid volume measurements, and the feature is turned on by default.

These are some of the best new features coming to iOS 16 that we didn’t see at WWDC 2022. If you want to check out the coolest features we did see, head over here. You can learn even more about the upcoming software update over on Apple’s website.

Jacob Siegal
Jacob Siegal Associate Editor

Jacob Siegal is Associate Editor at BGR, having joined the news team in 2013. He has over a decade of professional writing and editing experience, and helps to lead our technology and entertainment product launch and movie release coverage.