iOS 16 brings Game Center updates, text messaging improvements, and more to Apple devices

iOS 16 brings Game Center updates, text messaging improvements, and more to Apple devices

Apple today held its annual WWDC keynote event where the company unveiled the upcoming iOS 16 operating system. According to Apple, with iOS 16 there are several improvements in using iOS devices to play games as well as improvements in using your Apple devices in general.

In terms of gaming, Apple said that Metal – its low-level, low-overhead hardware-accelerated 3D graphics and compute shader API – will be upgraded to Metal 3, boosting the gaming capabilities of iPhone, iPad and Mac will improve. There will also be a new background download API that will make it easier for you to download games in the background while you’re doing other things.

Resident Evil Village will be available for Mac later this year.
Resident Evil Village will be available for Mac later this year.

Game Center is getting an update that lets you share and see the gameplay of people on your friends list, and makes it easier to track and compare high scores. SharePlay capabilities are now extended to games to make it easier to play games live with friends. All of these features will be available later this year for all Apple devices, iPhones, iPads, MacBooks and Apple desktops.

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Apple also unveiled new games for the Mac, as well as titles that will be improved thanks to the upcoming M2 chips that will be installed in Apple’s new line of MacBook Airs. To showcase the M2 chip, Apple brought out Capcom’s Advanced Technical Research Division Manager, Maseru Ijuin, to share some details about Resident Evil Village. Thanks to the chip, Capcom’s latest Resident Evil entry is coming to Macs later this year. Though the Mac version won’t feature any exclusive content or Mac-specific additions, Ijuin said Capcom has recently been impressed by Apple’s gaming focus, saying the new Macs “can handle whatever we throw at them.” Resident Evil Village will be coming to Macs later this year, along with No Man’s Sky, which was also briefly introduced. Baldur’s Gate 3 also received a very brief but noteworthy clue.

Apple also unveiled new games for the Mac, as well as titles that will be improved thanks to the upcoming M2 chips that will be installed in Apple’s new line of MacBook Airs.

Gaming wasn't the focus of Apple's WWDC 2022 event, but it was well represented.
Gaming wasn’t the focus of Apple’s WWDC 2022 event, but it was well represented.

Of course, Apple has spent most of its time sharing other exciting non-gaming details about iOS 16. The lock screen on your iPhone is getting a major overhaul, with more customization options and Live Panels sharing real-time updates of your choice. Apple used sports game updates as an example, but it’s likely these panels could also share update details on your favorite mobile games.

Text messages are also getting some long-awaited updates with the ability to mark text messages as unread, edit text messages, and recall text messages you’ve already sent.

Apple hasn’t announced a release date for iOS 16, but says it will be available for iPhone 8 and later models this fall.

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