These features won’t be in the release of iOS 16

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It’s been a rocky road to the iOS 16 launch. Here are the high-profile features that aren’t going to debut in the initial release of Apple’s upcoming operating system.

As is often the case, Apple’s software aspirations are too ambiguous. Some features were announced as coming in future updates while others will go missing during the beta process.

So far, here is what we know about the features that won’t make it to the point-zero release of iOS 16.

Some features won’t be available right away

One of the most notable delayed features is support for Live Activities. These allow you to view real-time updates directly on your Lock Screen. This could be your GrubHub order, your Uber’s status, or the score of the ongoing football game.

Live Actives in iOS 16

Apple’s Freeform app won’t in iOS 16, though the iPhone-maker said this from the start. It will be arriving in a future update across all of Apple’s platforms.

Freeform app coming later in iOS 16

Freeform app coming later in iOS 16

Another feature that we won’t see for a bit is support for Matter. Technically, iOS 15 already supports the beta of Matter and iOS 16 will fully support Matter — when the standard is released itself.

Matter is supposed to be available to end-users this fall and iOS 16 will — theoretically — be ready when it arrives.

Contact integration for Game Center as well as SharePlay support for Game Center will also be missing.

Then there’s iPadOS

With a few major issues still lagging in iPadOS 16 beta, there were several reports saying Apple was planning on delaying its release until at least October.

When Apple issued the seventh beta of the updates, iPadOS 16 was renamed iPadOS 16.1, confirming it as the first public-facing release.

We expect iPadOS 16.1 to be released alongside new iPads in October, instead. Hopefully we’ll see enhancements to Stage Manager and the missing iPad-specific Focus filters.

When will iOS 16 be released?

Apple hasn’t officially set a release date for iOS 16 though we can speculate based on current event rumors and previous schedules.

The most recent rumors identify September 7 as the most likely date for Apple’s fall iPhone 14 event. If precedent holds, Apple will issue the RC, or release candidate, of iOS 16 to developers and public beta testers that same day.

We’d then theoretically see pre-orders of iPhone 14 that Friday, September 9. This would mean iPhone 14 will be arriving to customers starting a week later, on September 16.

Apple would officially release iOS 16 to everyone then between September 12 to September 15. Any day preceding the iPhone release is plausible though we’d put our money on Tuesday or Wednesday as the most likely of the lot.

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