There are usually more features that Apple is unable to complete before the first official release of a major new version of iOS, and this year appears to be no different, with a total of nine now confirmed iOS 16 features not present in the first public version of the new operating system.


Last year, SharePlay, Digital IDs in the Wallet app, and Universal Control were among a large number of features in iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 that weren’t available in their initial release, taking several months to reach users.

Apple previewed each of the following features after announcing ‌iOS 16‌ at WWDC earlier this year, but they won’t be present in iOS 16.0 when it releases to the public tomorrow:

  • Live activity– Follow real-time activities like a sports match or a shared run with a simple glance at the lock screen. Third-party apps and app clips can implement support thanks to the Live Activity API.
  • Game Center SharePlay supportGames that use Game Center’s multiplayer support have SharePlay integration. You can automatically start playing with friends during a FaceTime call.
  • Game Center Contact Integration: Contacts shows your friends’ Game Center profiles. Tap to see what they are playing and achieving in the games.
  • Support for matter: the new connectivity standard for the smart home that allows compatible accessories to work together seamlessly and across multiple platforms. Matter allows users to choose from even more compatible smart home accessories and control them with the Home app and Siri on Apple devices.
  • Updated architecture for the Home app: Improvements to the underlying architecture of the Home app to enable faster, more reliable performance and greater efficiency, especially for homes with many accessories and multiple controller devices.
  • Free form app– A new digital whiteboard app with a flexible canvas for diagramming projects, aggregating important assets and brainstorming, with real-time collaboration capabilities and rich multimedia support.
  • ICloud shared photo library– A new option in the Photos app to allow users to create a shared photo library and invite anyone with an Apple ID to view, contribute and edit it, including favorite images and adding captions. There are no restrictions and all participants have the same permissions, making it ideal for families.
  • Sharing of keys: the ability to securely share keys in Apple Wallet via messaging app and Mail.
  • Easy configuration of shortcuts for iPhone 8, ‌iPhone‌ 8 Plus and ‌iPhone‌ X: ‌Siri‌ can make shortcuts from installed apps without any setup process (to be instantly available for newer devices without delay).

iCloud Shared Photo Library became the last delayed feature after Apple’s “Far out” event earlier this week, but all other delays were known at the initial ‌iOS 16‌ preview at WWDC.

Apple says all of these features will come in an update of ‌iOS 16‌ later this year, but hasn’t yet offered a more specific time frame for any of them. After months of beta testing, iOS 16.0 will be officially available for download tomorrow on all compatible ‌iPhone‌. For a detailed breakdown of all the new features in ‌iOS 16‌, check out our full rundown.

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