Fitness app even without an Apple Watch

iPhone users without an Apple Watch will also soon be able to use the fitness app. If you always carry your smartphone with you, you will also receive information on steps, distances covered, steps, calorie consumption and training from apps from other providers. The incentive to close the movement ring every day will also attract iPhones in the future. Challenges and fitness competitions with other iPhone and Apple Watch users can also be accepted. The sophisticated training, fitness and health information that an Apple Watch offers with the upcoming watchOS 9 is of course missing.

Health app: Take the medication!

In the Health app, lists for medication can be created, managed and provided with schedules and reminders. However, the list is not only intended for medicinal preparations. If desired, it also reminds you to take food supplements, such as vitamin pills from the drugstore. The designations could be freely typed in while trying them out. Practical: add medicines simply by scanning the label. There is even a warning if the software detects known critical interactions with other drugs – the feature is initially only available in the USA. The health data can be shared with others – either directly with Apple users via the health data or as a PDF “health file” with health institutions.

More security: No more passwords!

The new data protection tool “Safety Check” is intended to help identify and prevent possible stalking or other security threats to partners or close friends. Because in a critical situation, all previously granted access to personal data can be removed in one fell swoop. For macOS, Apple has introduced a secure login with Passkey, which extends to iPhones running iOS 16. In the German version of the smartphone operating system, the feature can be found under the “iCloud passwords & iCloud keychain” function ( Settings > Passwords > Password options). The system uses biometric authentication via Face ID or Touch ID on the iPhone and the encrypted synchronization of the keychain with passwords via iCloud to securely log into websites or apps – whether on a Mac, iPad, iPhone or Apple TV. The special thing about Passkey: other apps and websites that support logging in with Apple’s system do not transmit the password itself, only the individual passkey. The catch: The whole thing only works with apps or websites that support login via Apple. The US group assumes that more and more sites will gradually support the system. Because the temptation of a world without passwords is great.

Safari: Surfing along made easy

Are you brooding over holiday planning together with your loved ones and surfing through a number of hotel websites? Browsing the web together just got easier with the new Safari. Entire tab groups with multiple web addresses can be shared with friends and family members. Requirement: You need an Apple device with iOS 16, iPadOS 16, macOS Ventura and the latest Safari. Interesting in this context: The new Safari in iOS 16 uses Passkey.

Smart-Home-App: iOS 16 learnt “Matter”

The new Home app aims to make it easier to control smart home accessories. Not only does a clearer display serve this purpose, but also a new and more reliable software architecture. Support for the “Matter” smart home standard is to follow with a later update for iOS 16.

Which iPhones will run iOS 16?

All devices with an Apple A10 Fusion processor or higher are eligible for iOS 16. These are all models from iPhone 8 (2017) – compared to iOS 15, Apple is giving the update a maximum of five years. These devices are compatible with iOS 16:
  • iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone SE (2020)
  • iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • iPhone 14 , iPhone 14 Plus , iPhone 14 Pro , iPhone 14 Pro Max (already ship with iOS 16)