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iOS 16 first thoughts

I updated my iPhone to iOS 16 in the car as we were driving to the little place we rented at the beach. I like to live on the edge.

The experience reminded me a bit of how Sammy and Declan react to ANY package that shows up at our house.

They see it. They start to hop around and yell, “Package!”

I warn them that they shouldn’t get too excited because it is probably something boring.

They reply, “WE ARE SO EXCITED!!!!!!”

The package ends up being a box of beans or something. The boys excitement was a bit misplaced.

iOS updates are, generally speaking, my box of beans.

Once I installed iOS 16 I noticed… nothing much had changed. But I was excited about the idea of widgets on the lockscreen, so I checked that out.

It is both a very good idea and a very limited (and disappointing for the moment) implementation.

Also, am I the only one who thinks the font choices for the time are not great? At least we have some choices now, I suppose.

It also too much WAY too long to figure out how to have different lockscreen images and home screen images (though I am an old, old man… so some of that confusion could be my fault).

Anyway, even without any additional features iOS is the operating system I use the most every single day by far. And generally, I very much like it! And perhaps as I fiddle with iOS 16 I’ll uncover some great new features.

But for the moment, I’m just going to pop these beans into the Instapot and feast on them in a few hours.

Update: I just remembered a feature of iOS 16 that I like, a lot! Displaying the battery percentage in the battery icon:

The one thing I don’t like about it is that the icon remains solid no matter the percentage. I’m very used to the battery icon “draining,” but that’s a quibble!

You do have to enable this: Settings > Battery > Battery Pecentage.

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