Apple is developing the next-generation version of iOS and iPadOS, the operating systems that are designed to run on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. New versions of iOS and iPadOS aren't set to come out for several months yet, but Apple always begins work on the software early.
We don't know much about what to expect from iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 at the current time, but we'll be updating this roundup as details about the new operating systems leak out.
No Notch Display
At least some of the upcoming iPhone 14 models are expected to feature a hole-punch design that does away with the notch in favor of just a small hole for the front-facing camera, and if that happens, Apple could introduce some changes to the design of the top of the iPhone, as there will be more space to work with around the status bar.
Though we have little insight into what to expect from iOS 16 at this time, there are rumors that suggest Apple is working on an AR/VR headset for release in 2022, and if that's the case, there could be new augmented reality integrations and features built into the new operating system updates.
Apple could perhaps be planning to introduce the AR/VR headset at the Worldwide Developers Conference in June to give developers time to create apps and experiences for the device, but it's not yet clear if that will happen.
Car Crash Detection
Rumors indicate the iPhone 14 models are going to get a new car crash detection feature that will allow the iPhones to detect when a collision has occurred and dial emergency services automatically.
This would likely have software-side support that's probably going to be added in iOS 16, should Apple decide to move ahead with the feature.
Emergency Satellite Features
There are rumors that Apple is planning to add a satellite-based emergency feature to the iPhone 14 models, which would be supported in iOS 16. If this feature is released, iPhones would be able to send texts in emergency situations when there is no cellular coverage, and report major emergencies when coverage is not available as well.
Apple is expected to preview iOS 16 at the 2022 Worldwide Developers Conference. WWDC takes place in June, though we don't yet know exact dates for the event. Apple shared the WWDC 2021 dates at the end of March, so we may be looking at a similar timeline this year.
WWDC 2021 was held from June 7 to June 11, and we are expecting similar event dates this year. June 2 to 6 and June 9 to 13 are both possibilities at this time.
Like WWDC 2020 and WWDC 2021, WWDC 2022 is expected to be a free digital-only event open to all developers. Apple previously held WWDC in San Jose, California, but large gatherings with people from all over the world will likely not be possible in June 2022.
After being previewed at WWDC, iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 will be provided to developers for testing purposes that same day. Later in the summer, Apple will provide it to public beta testers, and when beta testing has finished in the fall, iOS 16 will see a public launch alongside new iPhones.