Create powerful experiences

iOS is the world’s most advanced mobile operating system. iOS 16 provides an abundance of exciting new APIs and capabilities that help you empower people to do more, more easily. Bring widgets to the Lock Screen, take advantage of enhancements in Maps, let people conveniently complete tasks using Siri with new App Shortcuts, make it simpler to share your content, and so much more. Learn about the latest key technologies.


Now you can use WidgetKit to build complications for Apple Watch and widgets on the Lock Screen for iPhone, embracing SwiftUI and extending the glanceable experience. Write your code once for iOS 16 and watchOS 9, and share infrastructure with your existing Home Screen widgets.

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iPhone showing the lock screen with a fitness widget

App Intents

Help users quickly accomplish tasks related to your app by voice or tap. App Intents is a new Swift-only framework designed to make it faster and easier to build great actions — and you can use it to build new App Shortcuts. With no user setup required, App Shortcuts are available as soon as your app is installed in iOS, iPadOS, or watchOS, and can be run from the Shortcuts app, Spotlight, and Siri. With support for parameters and synonyms, App Shortcuts let people interact with your app through Siri more naturally.

Learn about App Intents

iPhone showing an App Shortcut for iRobot


Get the most out of the All-New Map, including the highly detailed 3D City Experience. Visualize data using overlays that seamlessly integrate with the 3D map. Create interactive, immersive experiences with the new Selectable Map Features and Look Around APIs. Use the new Maps Server API to increase performance, lower data usage, and improve battery life.

Learn about Maps

An iPhone displaying Apple Maps in 3D

In-app purchase

Use new APIs and the latest enhancements to create even better in-app purchase experiences. You can now sync in-app purchase products from App Store Connect into Xcode, control when StoreKit message sheets appear in your app, present offer code redemption sheets within your app, and much more. Take advantage of new testing features, like the ability to request test notifications and test additional in-app purchase scenarios in the sandbox environment and Xcode, so you can be sure to provide great experiences for your users.

Learn about in-app purchase enhancements

Metal 3

Metal powers hardware-accelerated graphics on Apple platforms by providing a low-overhead API, rich shading language, tight integration between graphics and compute, and an unparalleled suite of GPU profiling and debugging tools. Metal 3 introduces powerful features that help your games and pro apps tap into the full potential of Apple silicon. Now you can render high-resolution graphics in less time, load resources faster, train machine learning networks with the GPU, and more.

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Bring valuable weather information to your apps and services through a wide range of data that can help people stay up to date, safe, and prepared. It’s easy to use WeatherKit in your apps with a platform-specific Swift API, and on any other platform with a REST API.

Learn about WeatherKit


Powered by ARKit, RoomPlan is a new Swift API that utilizes the camera and LiDAR Scanner on iPhone and iPad to create a 3D floor plan of a room, including key characteristics such as dimensions and types of furniture.

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ARKit 6

ARKit 6 introduces 4K video, so you can capture stunning, high-resolution videos of AR experiences — perfect for professional video editing, film production, social media apps, and more. Video and capture capabilities are expanded with support for HDR video and high-resolution background image capture. ARKit 6 also brings Location Anchors to new cities, such as Montreal, Sydney, Singapore, and Tokyo, and it features improvements to Motion Capture.

Learn about ARKit 6

Machine learning

Core ML adds new instruments and performance reports in Xcode, so you can analyze your ML-powered features. Optimize your Core ML integration with new Float16 data types, efficient output backings, sparse weight compression, in-memory model support, and new options to restrict compute to the CPU and Neural Engine.

Build dynamic app features that leverage Create ML APIs to train models directly from user input or on-device behavior, providing personalized and adaptive experiences while preserving user privacy. Use the new Create ML Components framework to define your own custom model and training pipelines by combining a rich set of ML building blocks.

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SharePlay lets people share experiences right inside FaceTime — and now via Messages. On iOS and iPadOS, apps that support SharePlay will even appear in FaceTime controls, making it easy for people to discover the shared experiences your app offers.

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Shared with You

Use the new Shared with You framework and Collaboration API to bring your app’s collaboration experiences into Messages and FaceTime, and highlight content from your app that people shared in Messages in a new Shared with You section within your app.

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Focus filter API

Now you can go even further in respecting Focus settings with Focus filters, which show users only what’s relevant to them within your app, based on the Focus they’ve chosen. And specific Focus settings aren’t exposed to apps, preserving privacy.

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Wallet and Apple Pay

Securely verify a user’s age or identity in your apps by integrating with the new feature supporting driver’s licenses and state IDs in Apple Wallet. Detailed receipt and order tracking information for Apple Pay transactions now display in Wallet, so you can notify customers about order updates and provide easy access to customer service and order management options.

Payment apps can now accept contactless payments from contactless credit or debit cards, Apple Pay, Apple Watch, and smartphones with other digital wallets — right on iPhone and without any extra terminals or hardware. New Apple Pay merchant tokens and transaction types in the Payment Request API let you fine-tune your automatic and recurring payment experiences. And you can offer the ability to specify purchase amounts for multiple merchants within a single Apple Pay payment sheet.

Learn about what’s new in Wallet

Learn about what’s new in Apple Pay


A smarter, safer way to use iPhone in the car, CarPlay lets people get directions, make calls, send and receive messages, and listen to music from their car’s built-in display, all while staying focused on the road. Now driving task apps can help people take care of essentials while behind the wheel. Fueling apps join EV charging apps as a complete way to handle fill-ups and keep you going on the road. Navigation apps can now display maps and turn-by-turn instructions in a second location, such as the instrument cluster located directly in front of the driver. And the new CarPlay Simulator helps you replicate a complete CarPlay environment, so you can develop your CarPlay app on Mac without leaving your desk.

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Based on industry standards for account authentication, passkeys replace passwords with cryptographic key pairs, making them easier to use and far more secure. Adopt passkeys to give people a simple, secure way to sign in to your apps and websites across platforms — with no passwords required.

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What’s new for Apple developers

Discover even more new and updated technologies across Apple platforms, so you can create your best apps yet.

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Tools and resources

Use Xcode and these resources to build your apps for iOS.

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