There has been a lot of excitement about Apples new features in the iOS 16 software. They offer a lock screen customization, the ability to unsend and edit text messages, enhanced privacy and security and more.
However, there are always a few reasons to hit the pause button.
If you haven't updated yet to iOS 16, here's a few reasons why you may want to wait -- for now.
Your iPhone battery might drain faster than usual
There really isn't a single reason why battery drain occurs right after a major software update, but it happens to people pretty much every year.
If your battery health level is already in bad shape, you might want to refrain from updating to iOS 16 for a bit.
There are a couple reasons why your battery might be draining. First, your phone is working overtime in the background to index new files and search for features. Second, some of your Apps were not made to run on iOS 16 causing them to use more battery power to function. And of course, there are always bugs in new software that can affect battery life.
You may need to charge your phone more often because of the iOS 16.
Even if you wait for future iOS 16 updates, you may still encounter some battery drain for the first few days, but that usually disappears once your iPhone gets settled with the update.
You might encounter bugs that can cause issues on your iPhone
No matter what, bugs are always identified in every software update. It's why Apple usually releases a "point update" shortly after a major update. These updates tend to fix issues like:
Screen and App Lag
iOS 16 has already caused hardware issues like screens going black and screen touch issues – all related to the new software.
You can stop others from unsending text messages
One of the most talked about features in iOS 16 is the ability to unsend and edit text messages. This feature gives you two minutes to recall a text message and 15 minutes to edit an already sent text message.
The main caveat here is if you're on iOS 15 and a person running iOS 16 attempts to recall a text message they sent to you, they won't be able to. Instead, they'll receive a message that says "You unsent a message. They may still see the message on devices where the software hasn't been updated."
Staying on iOS 15 also affects the editing text messages feature. Instead of editing the message, it just sends additional texts for every edit made.
Not all of the new iOS 16 features will be available on every model phone.
Every iPhone running iOS 16 will not get all the new features, like the battery percentage icon in the status bar or real-time captions for videos and FaceTime calls.
Unfortunately, older iPhone models, like the iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone XR, will not receive every single new feature that's available.
Apple has already released a developer version of iOS 16.1, which adds support for the battery percentage feature to the iPhone XR, iPhone 11, iPhone 12 Mini and iPhone 13 Mini. If that's a feature you're looking forward to, you might want to wait until iOS 16.1 is released to the general public.
If you're concerned about these issues, you may want to wait to install the update. In fact, we recommend you wait until a few more “point updates” are available. This will allow Apple to fix the major issues before getting iOS 16.
If you have questions, we suggest you contact our techs at Device Pitstop Phone Repair.