The elevated hype on new IOS 16 update

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Max Parker

The new search bar on the IOS 16 update displayed on the home screen.

Adeline Theophilus, Staff Writer

Currently in the U.S., more than 113 million people use an iPhone. Since the year 2007, when the first iPhone was released, there have been 16 updates. The most recent one being the IOS 16 update. Here is what the rave is all about.

“Software updates can also include new or enhanced features or better compatibility with different devices or applications,” said McAffee. The new IOS 16 update was released on Sept. 12, 2022. The update has been considered the biggest refurbish ever to the lockscreen. Users are easily able to download IOS 16 for free. 

A new update is released every year with Apple. This one includes the ability to send/un-send texts, new tools in mails and more ways to interact with photos and videos with Live Text and Visual Look Up. The lock screen update has been the largest lock screen change ever. Users are now able to view upcoming calendar events, battery level, alarms, time zones, activity ring progress and more. Widgets are also a newer feature that have been added to customize the lock screen but now with even more personalized pictures, notes and music. 

“The Lock Screen gets reimagined, offering deeper personalization. Now users can add a depth effect to their Lock Screen photo, artfully displaying the photo subject in front of the time, and they can even customize the font and type style,” said Apple.com. The screen even has an option of displaying the weather outside, so during a thunderstorm the lock screen could be displaying lightning bolts and cloudy skies. Along with most software updates, the IOS 16 comes with a lot of bugs and software crashes. These include volume and brightness automatically adjusting, touch response delays and some eye-catching user interface glitches. This causes users to question if downloading the update is really worth it. Some view the update as confusing and more chaotic, especially on the lock screen where they prefer the basic time and date without added clutter.

Apple is continually adding new additions to their technology lines, but the software updates will always be a consistent release to rely on. Although IOS 16 may not be for everyone, there is always next year’s update to look forward to.