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The new iOS 16 is already out for compatible iPhone phoneswhich means you can download it now if you have an iPhone 8 or later.
Unfortunately, even if your iPhone can run iOS 16, that doesn’t mean it will all great new featureslike battery percentage icon in your status bar or new drag and drop photo cropping trick.
Depending on the age and processor of your iPhone, your software update may be missing some of the new settings and features that others are enjoying in iOS 16. Here’s how to find out if you might be missing those features, too.
Read more: Should you upgrade to the iPhone 14? How it compares to older iPhones
If you are interested in getting the iPhone 14, 14 Pro or 14 Pro Maxwhich arrived on Friday and will include every single feature on this list, here’s how you can find an iPhone 14 offer and here are some of the the best cases you can get.
Battery percentage in iPhone status bar
Apple uses to display the battery percentage in the status bar until the release of the iPhone X and the notch (which was recently converted to A dynamic island). With iOS 16, the battery indicator has been reintroduced and redesigned – but not for everyone with the latest update.
According to this Apple support page, the status bar battery feature is turned off on iPhone XR, iPhone 11, iPhone 12 mini, and iPhone 13 Mini.
If you want to see a visual indicator of your battery charge, you can either add a battery widget to your home screen or swipe down to see the number in Control Center.
Lift the object from the background of the photo
In iOS 16, you can tap your finger on a clear object, such as a person or pet, in a photo, to cut it and then drag and drop it elsewhere, for example in your notes, email or text message. It does this using Apple’s Visual Look Up feature, which identifies objects in your photos, but both features require newer iPhone models.
This feature is only available on iPhones with A12 Bionic and later – starting with iPhone XS/XR – and is not available on the iPhone X and iPhone 8 series.
Wallpaper depth effect on your lock screen
Lock screen added basic customization tools with the release of iOS 16, which lets you play with fonts, colors, wallpaper profiles, widgets — and a new depth effect. While your wallpaper includes a clear object in the foreground, the weather on your lock screen can appear below the object, giving your wallpaper a layered effect. However, the feature also uses Visual Look Up to identify your subject, so it won’t work on every iPhone.
Once again, this feature is only available on iPhones with the A12 Bionic chip and later, so iPhone XS/XR and later.
Live Text to copy text from videos
The Live Text feature on your iPhone, which was introduced with iOS 15, allows you to copy text from an image and then paste it elsewhere. With iOS 16, the feature got an update that now lets you copy text from a paused video as well, but only if you have a certain iPhone.
This feature is only available on iPhone XR/XS and later.
A new and improved dictation experience
In iOS 16, Apple redesigned the way Dictation works, making it easier to use voice-to-text and the keyboard together, making the experience smoother when sending text messages and drafting emails. The feature uses on-device machine learning, which is unfortunately not available on all iPhones.
This feature is again only available for iPhones with the A12 Bionic chip and later, which includes the iPhone XS/XR and later.
Live captions for FaceTime calls and videos
Live Captions for iOS 16 creates real-time captions for any video playing on your iPhone, whether it’s in your text messages or camera roll, or even if it’s a FaceTime call. The new accessibility feature is aimed at improving communication for the hearing impaired, but not everyone will get the change to enable it.
Like most of the features on this list, it’s only available on iPhone models with the A12 Bionic chip and later, which includes the iPhone XS/XR and later (and omits the iPhone 8 and iPhone X series).
Other features are not available for every iPhone running iOS 16
The features above aren’t the only new or updated features that won’t appear on every iPhone with iOS 16. Below is a full list of missing features and which iPhone models are included.
- Blur foreground objects in portrait photos: Available on iPhone 13 and iPhone 14.
- Use your camera to track your medications in the Health app: iPhone XS/XR and newer.
- End calls using your voice and other Siri enhancements: iPhone XS/XR and newer.
- Detect and describe nearby objects, such as doors, with your camera: Available on iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro.
For more, here they are the first things to do after getting iOS 16 and how to turn off annoying iOS 16 features.