Several iPhone models to miss out on some exciting iOS 16 features
With its upcoming software update to iOS 16, Apple once again plans to introduce some highly anticipated new features such as the completely redesigned and customizable lock screen. However, despite the long update support for iPhones, not all of these compatible Apple smartphones will be able to benefit from some of the more advanced new features. Thanks to the recently released public beta version of iOS 16, we now have a pretty good clue as to which specific features will not be available on some of the older iPhone models.
For example, the live text recognition in videos, which can be used for translating foreign languages or converting currencies, will only be available on the iPhone XS or newer devices. This also applies to the improved dictation function as well as the more extensive image search in apps via Spotlight. Unfortunately, the new and quite gorgeous astronomy wallpapers also won't make it to the iPhone 8 and the iPhone X.
The automatically generated live captions on iOS 16, which are only available in English at this time, require at least an Apple A12 Bionic SoC, which means that this feature will only be compatible with the iPhone 11 or newer models. Last but not least, only the iPhone 13 will benefit from the higher-quality cinematic mode when recording videos, and the new foreground blur effect for portrait photos will also only be available on Apple’s most recent smartphone generation from 2021.
As expected, users of an iPhone 8 and iPhone X are particularly affected by the feature trimming in iOS 16. Apart from obvious business-related motives, the aging hardware of these handsets may also be responsible for the unfortunate software limitations. For a complete list of iOS 16 changes and features that will only be available on newer iPhones, please refer to an article published by our colleagues over at 9to5mac.