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It’s quite common for information about future Apple operating systems to be leaked before they are released, but what I have for you today is something that has never happened before. At least not in the last six years, that’s for sure. Not only am I going to tell you about the new features of iOS 16, but I am actually going to show them to you.
Yes, I have pictures of what iOS 16 will look like. Let’s get started.
Today I want to introduce you to the “InfoShack.” InfoShack is Apple employees’ internal name for a big “widget” they are working on. This is not a final marketing name. It’s just the internal name. Think of it as a code name.
This “widget” would include other widgets. Some of them are drum roll.. interactive! That’s right. This is the time we have all been waiting for.
Apple software engineers are seriously considering including interactive widgets in iOS 16.
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- As far as I can see, there is a music widget that allows us to play and pause a song as well as skip it.
- There’s also a clock widget that lets you start and pause a timer.
- There’s also apparently an iMessage widget that we have not seen yet.
There will be many more, that’s for sure, but those are the ones we can see in the picture. And there’s one more thing – Apple will most likely add elements from Control Centre to InfoShack. See for yourself!
This is pretty interesting and I would love to have this on my phone. It looks much better and more productive. However, and I do not have confirmation of this, it looks like these interactive widgets can only be used within InfoShack. That’s the typical restriction Apple would put on such things. Still, I think it’s a step in the right direction, and I am sure it has to do with battery optimization and performance.
I know the battery on the new iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max will be insane, but we have to keep in mind that iOS 16 needs to run on other devices as well. I understand iOS 16 will be supported starting with the iPhone 7, which launched in 2016.
Two Versions of InfoShack
Apple engineers are working on at least two versions of InfoShack. The first is the one I just showed you, and the second is a more compact version of it. I also managed to take pictures of it, but it’s not safe to post them now.
So stay tuned. It’s very similar, just a little more compact.
Another change is that you’d no longer have to scroll from right to left to get to InfoShack’s second page, as you can see in the images provided, but from bottom to top to switch pages. Apple engineers are probably working on different configurations, but these are just two possible outcomes.
In my opinion, the Apple marketing team wants to market this as “everything you need in a widget.” We will see if it goes into the final stages and if we’ll see it at the Worldwide Developers Conference or not. It could be canceled, but seeing how it’s going internally, I’d have a hard time believing anyone cancelled it.
This will be one of the biggest updates to iOS in recent history. With visual changes to some apps, interactive widgets, and a significant improvement in battery life and performance. I really hope nothing I have seen so far gets cut or moved because it’s all great.
I’ll keep you posted on InfoShack and will post more images as soon as we can confirm that our sources will be safe if I post them. Thank you for reading this article. I hope you found this information useful. Have a great day!
[The information provided in this article has NOT been confirmed by Apple and may be speculation. Provided details may not be factual. Take all rumors, tech or otherwise, with a grain of salt.]