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iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 bring a far richer experience to the Weather app

Apple's line of tablets are pretty powerful and helpful. And while some folks might see plenty of shortcomings with iPadOS, it's also plenty useful. And it's getting better with iPadOS 16, which is expected to arrive later this fall. To that end, Apple is finally getting around to adding one of the most important apps the company's tablets have been missing for years.

Family Sharing in iOS 16 adds better management tools, Family Checklist, and more

It might be hard to imagine, but Family Sharing was first introduced alongside the launch of iOS 8. That's quite a while! It's always bene billed as a great way for families to not only stay connected, but also quickly and easily share a range of different content. Over time, it's added features to help parents and guardians even more, which is the case with iOS 16's arrival.

iOS 16 code hints at always-on display coming to iPhone 14 Pro

Image from Apple's YouTube video showing ProMotion technology in action, with a hand holding an iPhone 13 Pro and scrolling through a list and the title "120Hz adaptive refresh rate" overlaid on top

There are more than a few different features that could be considered "oft-requested" for iOS. One of them, for instance, is widgets on the Lock Screen. And that's finally happening with the impending arrival of iOS 16, which is set to launch later this fall. So, what about another one of those features iOS users have been waiting so "patiently" for, like the always-on display?

Update: iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max support Always-On Display. Here's how to manage the Always-On Display on these new iPhones.

iOS 16 adds support for Nintendo’s Joy-Con and Switch Pro controllers

Nintendo Switch Joy Con Controllers in Grip - Pixabay

Being able to wirelessly connect an external gaming controller has been an option on iOS for quite some time. However, native support hasn't been. It was only with the launch of iOS 14.5, for instance, that Apple added native support for Sony's DualSense PlayStation 5 controller and Microsoft's wireless controller for the Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X. And now Nintendo is getting in on the fun, too.

iOS 16 shows message reactions properly in group conversations with Android users

iOS has supported the ability to react to specific messages for a bit of time now, but it hasn't always been a universal feature. Meaning, if you happen to find yourself in a group chat with a person (or persons!) using an Android phone, those reactions wouldn't display properly. It all looked a little muddled. But, with the next software update on the way for iOS, that's changing.

Here’s what’s new in watchOS 9

Apple's marketing image listing some of the best new Apple Watch features in the watchOS 9 update

As is par for the course, Apple announced new things today at it's annual Worldwide Developers Conference keynote. And considering how popular watchOS is, of course the platform was going to get stage time at this year's event. That's why we have watchOS 9, which comes with a plethora of new features, especially those built towards health-related functionality. Here's a look at what's new in the smartwatch's upcoming update.