September 12 has arrived! Today, at 19:00, The beta testing period officially ends and iOS 16 is finally released for all users. In this article, as a kind of guidelet’s see everything that needs to be done for prepare for the updatehow to update, and so on.
Let’s start immediately by answering one of the most common questions from users with an older device:
Should I upgrade to iOS 16 or will my iPhone become too slow?
The answer is that it always pays to update. Apple is one of the few companies to provide long-term software updates and year after year, in addition to adding new features, it applies optimizations that are really important. The company does not design future versions of iOS in such a way that devices become unusable – that would be bad publicity. Rather than worsening the user experience of a device, Apple directly avoids adding certain features on older devices. That way, everything there is sure to work well. Those who want all, but all the functions of iOS 16, must have a newer iPhone.
Why upgrade to iOS 16?
As you will have understood from ours IOS 16 review, the main novelties of this operating system are in the customizations, which has always been very much felt and requested by users. It seems that the company has listened to our voices, offering us an update that allows us to manage the Unlock Screen in a completely new and extremely personalized way. In addition to this, each function communicates better with the others offered by the smartphone thanks to a series of optimizations that are really fantastic for those who have been using iOS for years. You will find improvements practically everywhere and using iOS 16 you will realize that everything you did before, now you can do it in less time and in a better way.
The unlock screen is completely new, as on Apple Watch we can hold down for a long time in the center of it, to see a system appear that allows us to set new wallpapers by creating alternative LockScreen from which we can then choose. There are endless possibilities, in addition to using original Apple wallpapers, with really well done dynamic motion effects, we will be able to set ours and also enjoy a very particular depth effect that allows some elements of the backgrounds to position themselves above the clock . We can change the font of the time, add widgets, create actions that can make the wallpaper change automatically every day rather than every time we light up the screen. The Lockscreen is truly something spectacular and unique, absolutely to try, play and replay until you find the customization we have always wanted. iMessage now allows you to edit or delete sent messages. Notifications can appear in 3 different styles in the unlock screen, taking the whole screen, only a portion at the bottom or only with a counter, absolutely non-invasive. You can add one vibration each time you press a key on the virtual keyboard, you can see and share the WiFi passwordin Photos they come duplicate photos detected and can be “joined” in a single touch (same speech for the Contacts), plus the photos of the“Hidden” albums now they are really hidden because they are protected by Face ID or fingerprint. The Maps allow you to add intermediate routes on the route, the app Fitness also works without Apple Watch, Face ID also works horizontally on some iPhones, it Spotlight change call method. It is possible to cut out people, objects, animals etc from a photo, simply by touching the subject. An animation will bring up a border and we will be able to drag the “cropped” image into other applications ready for sharing or saving. Improve the app Homein Health medicines can be added. Even the battery icon is back with the remaining charge percentage in writing!
What devices can iOS 16 be installed on?
iOS 16 can be installed starting from iPhone 8 up to the latest generation iPhone, second and third generation SE models are included. Here you will find the complete list of devices.
I have already installed the Beta of iOS 16, how do I correctly switch to the final version?
If at this moment you already find yourself with a Beta version of iOS 16 installed on your iPhone, you are probably using the RC (Release Candidate) version because it is the latest version released by Apple on September 7th. To find out what you need to do on September 12th at 7pm, read this article:
How to prepare for the iOS 16 update
This is usually the longest and most informative chapter, the one where we talk about routine maintenance, device backup and so on but in reality what you need to do before an update is nothing!
iOS is so sure that by performing an OTA update, that is, directly from your device via the screen in Settings> General> Software Update, the risk of the procedure going wrong is absolutely close to zero.
For this reason, if we talk about “what needs to be done before updating”, the answer is null. If, on the other hand, we talk about what it might be advisable to do, then a world opens up here.
The arrival of a new operating system can be a good opportunity to carve out some time and clean up your phone. Look at all applications that you installed during the year: there are so many right? Try to ask yourself if you use some of these every day, if you have ever used them, if you still play that game or if you are bored and so on. Let yourself be carried away and start erasing everything that is not useful, relieving the device. Also keep in mind that if apps are to be used only a couple of times a year (for example Booking, EasyJet and so on), you can always re-download them from the App Store if necessary and, thanks to the phone plans that now generally offer at least 30 GB per month, it won’t even be a problem to do it on the go.
Once the app analysis is complete, move on to photos and videos. If you have useless screenshots on your smartphone, maybe you could delete them (you can quickly find them in the homonymous Album created automatically by iOS 15). Also analyze all other files. If there is something very old or not too important to constantly review, transfer these files to your computer, to an external hard drive or upload them to iCloud / Dropbox / Google Photos / Amazon Photos or some other similar app.
Do the same by entering the Videos folder: those recorded directly from your iPhone can take up a lot of space. If you have too many and you don’t need someone, delete them.
Now open App Store, click on your photo at the top right and drag the page that will open down. This will reload the list of apps below and make sure that the App Store checks for new updates. If there are apps to update then do it.
After managing the applications, photos and videos that you actually don’t need, restart your iPhone so that all temporary cached files are actually deleted from the phone.
We reiterate that in principle it is not necessary but if you are extremely scrupulous then proceed. Device backup can be done in two ways: the first is through iTunes, on your computer, and the second is through iCloud. To backup to iCloud you need to have enough space on this Apple service. The company only offers 5GB for free to all users, so if you don’t pay for a subscription that increases your storage then it will be impossible to back up to iCloud. Then proceed with a computer:
Connect your device with an original cable to the computer. Open iTunes on Windows and older Macs, or open the Finder window on newer Macs. You will find an “iPhone” section, click on it and from the screen that appears, touch the “Back up now” button. We advise you to activate the checkbox next to “iPhone Backup Encryption”, then inserting a password to remember because only in this way will you also transfer the data from the Health and Fitness app to the backup.
This whole procedure will create a copy of the contents of your iPhone on your computer. In this way, if something goes wrong during the update (really very very unlikely), you can proceed with a complete format of the device in order to bring it back to life, and then later you can import the backup to find all your things all over again. extension of the telephone. As mentioned above, hitches are very unlikely to occur, so it remains a recommended but not mandatory procedure.
If, on the other hand, you have enough space on iCloud to make a backup, all you have to do is open Settings> Your Name> iCloud> iCloud Backup and press the “Back up now” button. All the contents of your phone will be uploaded to an Apple server (encrypted) so depending on the number of files you have inside it and your WiFi connection, this operation could take a long time to complete.
How much free memory space do I need to have to upgrade to iOS 16?
Firmware size varies by device. Generally it is around 5GB but in newer devices it can even exceed this figure. You will therefore need more than 5GB for firmware download (OTA) plus additional space to unpack files and correct installation. In principle with 8GB free you should succeed without problems: otherwise, iOS will pop up a popup inviting you to free up more space. A good way to free up space is to temporarily delete apps or games, and then install them again after the update. You can go to Settings> General> Usage> Manage Space at any time to find out what is taking up most of the memory in your phone. If you must note that the “Other” partition it really weighs too many GB, so follow the instructions in this article to free it.
Remember to charge the iPhone
The update will not take place if your iPhone’s battery level is below a certain threshold. If you are in a hurry to update, don’t be caught unprepared and make sure you arrive with your phone 50% more charged at 7pm this eveningSeptember 12.
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