Six features iOS 16 desperately needs

iOS 15 is halfway through its lifecycle, and on June 6 at WWDC, Apple will officially unveil the next incarnation of iOS: iOS 16.

I am a heavy iOS user and I constantly run into areas where I wish iOS could be better. So what follows are new features that I would find useful in iOS 16.

While many of the features are probably baked into the release already, Apple releases new features throughout the lifecycle of an iOS release. So even if we don’t see these at the unveiling or the release, there’s a chance we could get them before iOS 17.

A small chance. But still a chance.

Interactive app icons

iOS icons are boring. Some of Apple’s own apps have active icons, such as Clock and Calendar, but other apps are just plain images.

This seems like a real missed opportunity. I’d like to see icons have the ability to convey information, a bit like mini versions of widgets.

And just in case an app decides to use this power to annoy, it would be good to have a way to switch to a static icon for each app.

Better 2FA app integration

If you use 2-Factor Authentication (2FA) for text messages, iOS extracts that information from the text message and fills the required field with just one tap.

Also: Is it OK to use text messages for 2-factor authentication? [Ask ZDNet]

But SMS 2FA is open to abuse and app-based 2FA is more secure.

I’d like to see iOS get the ability to do this with app-based 2FA, either by adding support in iOS for 3rd party 2FA apps like Google Authenticator or Authy to handle this, or by Apple having a built-in 2FA add app.

Always on lock screen

I don’t know about you, but it would be nice to have an always-on OLED display showing the time and selected notifications.

This would have a negligible effect on battery life and provide better access to information at a glance.

Smarter Siri

I would use Siri a lot more if I didn’t constantly push the boundaries of what it can do.

This makes Siri frustrating to use, and it becomes a lot faster and more convenient to ignore this feature, rather than choosing to do things manually.

Split screen

The iPad Pro has a split screen feature that lets you run two apps side by side, and I’m sure the same can be done for the larger iPhones (especially the Pro Max with its 6.69-inch screen).

I’m not saying it would be perfect, but the ability to run two apps side by side would definitely increase my productivity when using certain apps.

Also: Using an iPad Pro to power your home office

Smarter battery status screen

The iOS battery health screen is dumb and shows what is essentially garbage. It’s nice to see this updated to reflect current information (things like battery capacity, charge cycles, and temperature).

This would be useful information that users can use to make informed decisions about battery health.

I would also like a better battery meter that displays information such as estimated run time.

What’s on your iOS 16 wish list? Let me know in the comments below.

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