Several iPhone models won’t be able to take advantage of some iOS 16 features


In the future software update for iOS 16, Apple aims to once again introduce several highly anticipated new features. One of these features will be a lock screen that has been totally rebuilt and is completely customizable. Nevertheless, despite the length of time that updates have been supported for iPhones, not all of these compatible Apple handsets will be able to take advantage of some of the more advanced new capabilities. Because the public beta version of iOS 16 was just made available for download, we now have a very solid idea as to which exact functionality will be removed from some of the older iPhone models.

For example, only the iPhone XS and subsequent devices will be able to use the live text recognition in films for translating foreign languages or converting currencies. This also applies to Spotlight’s enhanced dictation feature and its expanded image search capabilities within apps. The stunning new astronomy wallpapers will be unavailable for the iPhone 8 and iPhone X as well.

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The automatically generated live captions on iOS 16, which are only available in English at this moment, require at least an Apple A12 Bionic SoC. This means that this feature will only be compatible with the iPhone 11 or subsequent models of iPhone. Last but not least, only the iPhone 13 will have access to a cinematic mode that records videos at a higher quality, and the new foreground blur effect for portrait shots will only be available on Apple’s most recent generation of smartphones beginning in 2021.

Users of the iPhone 8 and iPhone X will be severely impacted by iOS 16’s feature pruning, as one might assume. It’s possible that the unpleasant software limits are caused by something other than the devices’ sagging hardware. If you’re interested in learning about all of the new features and improvements coming to iOS 16 in the future, check out this post from our friends over at 9to5mac.

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