iOS 16 getting redesigned lock screen with new wallpapers, Messages upgrades and more

The rumor: iOS 16 “is a fairly significant upgrade,” according to Mark Gurman (86.5% accurate, via Power On).

Here’s the latest on iOS 16…

  • There will be “updates to notifications, iPad multitasking, and the Messages and Health apps”
  • Lock Screen redesign with new wallpapers that support “widget-like capabilities”
  • Improvements to windowing and multitasking on all platforms…but especially on iPad
  • Messages is getting expanded social features, especially with audio messages (sounds cool!)
  • And everything else that we’ve heard already…

Sam’s take: I’m fascinated to see how big this Lock Screen redesign is going to be, considering there haven’t been any major updates to the Lock Screen, well, ever. I also think Apple has so much room to capitalize on iMessage as a broader social platform and starting with voice messages is brilliant (I’ve seen these grow in popularity tremendously in recent years). Overall, it’s really looking like iOS 16 is going to be the biggest update in years.