Some iOS 16 features require an iPhone XS or later; here they are

iOS 16 will support iPhone 8, iPhone X and newer models. Even so, not all features will be available for older iPhones. With that in mind, 9to5Mac now collected all the features that will require at least one iPhone XR, iPhone XS or later. Here they are.

Some features will only be available for iPhones with the A12 Bionic chip or newer, which are iPhone XR, iPhone XS, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone SE (2nd generation), iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone SE (3rd generation).

Here are all the features coming to only some iPhones with iOS 16 by the end of autumn:

Live text in videos: Text is now fully interactive in paused video frames, so you can use features like copy and paste, search and translate. This feature works in Photos, Quick Look, Safari and other apps.

Quick Actions in Live Text: The data collected in photos and videos can be used with a single touch. Track flights or shipments, translate foreign languages ​​and convert currencies.

New languages ​​for Live Text: With iOS 16, Live Text recognizes Japanese, Korean and Ukrainian text.

Emoji in the lyrics: Preview during WWDC 2022 keynote, you can insert emojis when sending messages with Siri. It is available in Cantonese (Hong Kong), English (Australia, Canada, India, United Kingdom, United States), French (France), German (Germany), Japanese (Japan), Mandarin Chinese (Mainland China, Taiwan) and Spanish ( Mexico, Spain, USA).

Check out Siri’s features and apps: Open an app and ask “Hey Siri, what can I do here?” or you can ask about a specific app by saying, for example, “Hey Siri, what can I do with iRobot?” This feature is available in German (Germany), English (Australia, Canada, India, UK, USA), Spanish (Mexico, Spain, USA), French (France), Japanese (Japan), Mandarin Chinese (Mainland China), and Cantonese (Hong Kong).

New dictation experience: You can seamlessly move between voice and touch in iOS 16. Type with the keyboard, tap in the text field, move the cursor, and enter QuickType suggestions, all without interrupting Dictation.

Add medications using your iPhone’s camera: You can quickly add medications using your iPhone XR / XS camera in iOS 16. Simply place the medication label in the frame and you will see the results by name, strength and form of the medication.

Searching for images in multiple apps: With iOS 16, Spotlight uses image information in Messages, Notes, and Files to allow you to search by places, people, scenes, or even items in images, such as text, a dog, etc.

Visual Search Improvements: Lift the subject from an image or isolate the subject by removing the background. Works in Photos, Screenshots, Quick Look, Safari, and more.

New domains for visual search: Visual Loop Up adds recognition of birds, insects and statues.

Astronomical wallpaper: With iOS 16 beta 2, Apple made the Astronomy wallpapers for iPhone XR and iPhone XS users. Previously, it only worked with A13 compatible devices.

Features of iOS 16 for iPhone 11 and later

Live subtitles: Transcripts are automatically generated in real time for deaf or hard of hearing users so they can more easily follow conversations, audio and video. Requires an iPhone 11, iPad with A12 Bionic chip, or Mac with Apple silicone. Available in English only (Canada, USA).

IOS 16 features exclusive to iPhone 13 models

iOS 16 Lock Screen

The iPhone 13 models also have exclusive features with iOS 16. Here they are:

Foreground blur in portrait photos: Portrait mode allows you to blur the foreground objects of a photo for a more realistic depth of field effect.

Improved quality when recording in Cinema mode: When recording Cinema mode video on the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro, the depth of field effect is more accurate for profile corners and around the edges of hair and glasses.


These are all the exclusive features of the new iPhone models. As you can see, many of them work for iPhone XR and iPhone XS users, while only a few camera enhancements are exclusive to iPhone 13 users.

iOS 16 will be launched this fall. A public beta test is coming next month. Are you excited to try it? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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