Want to update your iPhone to iOS 16? Don’t do it yet. Here’s why

This story is part of Focal Point iPhone 2022CNET’s collection of news, tips and advice about Apple’s most popular product.

Updating your iPhone to the latest software is always exciting when Apple’s added new features – and iOS 16 definitely have some cool new features. It comes with a new one customization of the lock screen (with widgets), the ability to cancel sending and edit text messages, enhanced privacy and security features and so much more.

And that should be enough to get you to update to the latest iPhone OS from Apple, but there’s always a reason or two to hit the pause button a bit and stick with the operating system you’re currently running.

If you haven’t yet updated to iOS 16, here’s why you might want to wait — for now.

But if and when you’re ready to jump in, here it is how to download and install iOS 16 and the first things to do after installing iOS 16.

Your iPhone battery may drain faster than usual

There really isn’t a single general reason why battery drain happens right after a major software update like iOS 16, but it happens to some people pretty much every year.

If your battery level is already in poor condition (Settings > Battery > Battery health), you may want to hold off on updating to iOS 16 for a while.

Here are a few reasons why iOS 16 might be draining your battery:

  • Your phone is working overtime background. New features may need to index your files to work properly, such as the improved search function and duplicates feature in the Photos app.
  • Your apps do not support iOS 16. Developers are given plenty of time to update their apps to the latest update, but if they don’t, apps can drain more battery because they’re outdated.

And of course, there are always software bugs that can use up your battery life in the background.

A close-up of a charging cable next to an iPhone Lightning port

You may need to charge your phone more often due to new software.

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Even if you’re waiting for future iOS 16 updates, you may still experience some battery drain for the first few days, but that generally goes away once your iPhone is ready with the software update.

You may encounter errors that can cause problems on your iPhone

No matter how polished a software update may seem, a few bugs are bound to slip through the cracks. That’s why Apple sometimes releases a “spot update” shortly after a major update to fix issues like:

  • Battery drain
  • Layer
  • Apps are forced to close
  • Phone reboots
  • Useless functions

There already seems to be one iOS 16.0.1 update for iPhone 14 and 14 Pro to fix some activation and photo issues — even though the phone hasn’t even been officially released yet.

If you’re worried about issues like these, you might want to wait until most of the major bugs are squashed in subsequent iOS 16 updates.

You can prevent others from unsending text messages

One of the biggest new features in iOS 16 is the ability to cancel sending and edit text messages. You have two minutes to recall a text and 15 minutes to edit an already sent text, but if you’re using iOS 15, the feature doesn’t work as expected, which might be a good thing for you if you’re not a fan of unsent and edited messages.

If you’re using iOS 15 and someone running iOS 16 tries to recall a text message they sent you, they won’t be able to. Instead, they will receive a message that says “You are removing a message. They can still see the message on devices where the software has not been updated.”

Essentially, they won’t be able to remove your text messages as long as you stay on iOS 15.

Remove sending a text message on iOS 16

You can see what happens when you try to delete a text message from someone running iOS 15.

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Staying on iOS 15 also affects the text message editing feature, but not much. Instead of editing the message, it just sends additional texts for each edit made.

You may not get all the new iOS 16 features you want

And not every iPhone running iOS 16 will 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 won’t receive every new feature available in iOS 16. To see the full list of features and unsupported devices, You can read more here.

Read more: The much-missed battery icon has returned in iOS 16. So why are iPhone users annoyed?

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 public.

The battery icon as seen on an iPhone running iOS 16 beta

You may not get the new battery icon even if you update to iOS 16.

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For the most part, you should probably update to iOS 16

Regardless of any hesitation you may have, if you want to jump in, there are plenty of reasons to just go ahead and update to iOS 16. Aside from all the new features you can take advantage of, Apple’s major software updates can fix bugs and other issues in previous iterations.

Note: Apple released iOS 15.7, which fixes several security issues without requiring you to update to iOS 16.

However, major updates don’t just fix issues, they also bring new privacy and security settings that improve your security and better protect your personal information.

On iOS 16, you have a few important privacy and security features to look forward to:

  • Security check: Helps people in domestic abuse situations by quickly limiting access they have given to others.
  • Pasteboard permission: Apps should now request access to your clipboard when copying and pasting between apps.
  • Fast safety response: Installs important security improvements faster.
  • Lock mode: Provides better protection for those affected by mercenary spyware.
Apple security

Apple is taking a new approach to security with Lockdown Mode.

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And then there are all the new accessibility features that can be incredibly beneficial for those with disabilities:

  • Live lyrics: Transcribes phone calls and provides real-time captions for those who may be hearing impaired.
  • Door registration in magnifying glass: Assists the visually impaired by allowing them to use their camera to locate a door, read instructions or labels around the door, and get instructions on how to open the door.

For more, here’s our take on it iPhone 14 Pro and Max and it is shape-changing cutout.

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