The iPhone and iPad are both getting a bunch of new features courtesy of a software update today.
Starting with the iPhone, here are the main new features you can expect when you download the update.
Shared photo libraries
This feature arrives just in time for any families heading off on a half-term getaway, allowing you to set up a shared photo library with up to five other people.
It builds upon the idea of the existing shared photo albums, with more options to let everyone add, edit, favourite, caption and delete pictures.
You can also add past photos to the new library, rather than having to start from scratch, and a toggle in the camera app will let you send a new snap straight to it if desired.
Clean energy charging
Here’s one for the climate-conscious – a toggle which will selectively charge your phone based on the availability of lower carbon emission electricity.
Apple says the idea is that charging time will be optimised based on when the grid is using cleaner energy sources, though initially it will only work if you are in the US.
One thing to note is that this new feature is going to be turned on by default when you get the update – if you don’t want to compromise, you may wish to switch it off in settings.
Fitness without the watch
Apple offers a £9.99 per month subscription service called Fitness+, which offers workout and meditation routines.
Until now, you needed an Apple Watch to actually use it – but now all you need is an iPhone.
While you won’t get the same real-time feedback without the wearable, such as calories burned and heart rate, stretching and meditating along to the videos on your phone will work just fine.
Live activities expanded
You will have noticed big changes to your iPhone lock screen when iOS 16 launched last month, with live activities among the additions.
They are widgets which aim to provide real-time updates from certain apps on the lock screen, rather than send a series of separate notifications.
Today’s update makes these more accessible to non-Apple apps, so expect to see more options from live sports scores to a widget showing how close your Uber driver is.
As for the iPad, new features such as shared photo libraries are the same, but there is some bespoke stuff.
This brings enhanced multitasking to the iPad, making it more of a laptop-like experience. Apps can be resized, overlapped and moved around, much like on a traditional desktop.
You can hook up your iPad to an external display if you have one of the newer Air or Pro models, again, in the same way you can with a laptop.
It seems incredible, but all this time the iPad has never had a built-in weather app like the iPhone.
That finally changes today, bringing much the same design as it has on the phone.
If you have an Apple Pencil, the notes app will now try to improve your handwriting.
Should you turn the option on, the app will make written words appear straighter and neater.
And a raft of the iPhone’s latest additions
The iPadOS 16 update is mostly based on iOS 16, and so comes with many of the new features iPhone users have enjoyed since last month.
That includes the ability to edit and delete texts in the messages app, improved focus modes for filtering out notifications from certain apps, and a redesigned podcast app.
Armored Core VI Announced, Which Isn’t A Souls Game
ARMORED CORE VI FIRES OF RUBICON – Reveal Trailer
I have not played an Armored Core game in a very long time, and even then I was never the biggest fan. But this looks cool as hell. It’s coming in 2023 for Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, PS5 and PC.
Here’s some official words:
ARMORED CORE VI FIRES OF RUBICON will offer a game experience based on the mech game know-how FromSoftware cultivated over 25 years of developing games in the series, but now introducing groundbreaking gameplay found in the developer’s recent action games. The new ARMORED CORE title will combine these elements into thrilling action that only mechas can provide. The game promises to be a unique entry in the mech action game genre.
In ARMORED CORE VI FIRES OF RUBICON, players will be able to freely move through massive three-dimensional environments with rapid maneuverability while experiencing visceral vehicular combat. Signature to FromSoftware’s carefully crafted game design, the game will feature challenging and memorable battles along with a fulfilling progression system and deep gameplay, all of it now powered by assembling mechs and going into combat with massive bosses. Players will recognize the sense of satisfaction and achievement when they overcome a difficult situation and relish momentary victory, and perhaps a boost to their standing, before encountering the next challenge.
After Heated Battle, Genshin Impact Wins Player’s Voice at The 2022 Game Awards
Unlike other awards bestowed at The Game Awards, which are primarily determined by members of the press and other influential individuals in the industry, the Player’s Voice category is 100% fan-voted. Earlier this week, ahead o the show, the results projected that Genshin Impact would edge out both Sonic Frontiers and Elden Ring. Other nominees for the Player’s Voice category include God of War: Ragnarok and Stray.
Although Elden Ring, in particular, did not get selected, FromSoftware’s latest project did go home with a few awards, including Best Art Direction and Best Game Direction. For more on the winners from this year’s Game Awards, check out our roundup that features the nominees and winners of each category.
Taylor is the Associate Tech Editor at IGN. You can follow her on Twitter @TayNixster.
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