Report: iOS 16 Focus Mode to Bring New Capabilities

Focus Mode on iOS 15

Apple’s next mobile software version iOS 16 will bring new capabilities regarding notifications when it comes to Focus Mode. The upcoming software version will feature new abilities for users to perform with an updated Focus Mode.

With iOS 15, Apple rebuilt the Do Not Disturb feature as Focus Mode, expanding the way users can set their “state” such as do not disturb, work, sleep, or a customized setting.

On Sunday, Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman reported that iOS 16 – codenamed Sydney – will bring significant improvements to notifications and new health-tracking features. Gurman however did not detail what the features are exactly.

Additionally, the report noted that there might be a new multitasking interface on iPadOS, while watchOS 9 (codenamed Kincaid) will receive major upgrades regarding activity and health tracking.

Now on Monday, 9to5Mac has reported that this year’s iOS notifications will sport new Focus Mode capabilities and that the company is “planning big changes for Focus mode.” The outlet reports that it found a code in macOS 12.4 beta pointing out that the new features won’t be available for current iOS 15 users:

“Using an allowed list for this Focus will cause these settings to be lost on your other devices with newer software.

A device with newer software has updated this Focus to use a new configuration this device doesn’t support. To continue editing notifications on this device, update to the latest software or use an allowed list for this Focus.”

Finally, the outlet notes that the Apple News app will be updated to add new content exclusively on iOS 16, not good for older Apple devices:

“Sorry, you need to update your device in order to see this content.

Sorry, News is no longer fully supported on older devices.”

Apple officially announced as well as sent out invites for this summer’s Worldwide Developers Conference – WWDC – where the company will announce the next versions of its software lineup: iOS 16, iPadOS 16, macOS 13, watchOS 9, and tvOS 16 on the opening day of Monday, June 6.

Heedo Abu Laban
Author: Heedo Abu Laban

18 years old | News Editor and Writer at Appleosophy | former writer at | a big fan of tech + politics | Twitter: @HeedoAbuLaban

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