In my panic after watching the first episode of The Most Hated Man On The Internet last night, I immediately thought of all the photos in my Hidden folder on my iPhone.
I swiftly deleted them and then cleared out my Recently Deleted folder, too, just to be extra careful.
The Hidden folder allows you to keep any sensitive images away from your main photo album, but it doesn’t actually hide anything per se.
Anyone with access to your phone can scroll down and check out your Hidden content – out of sight, but accessible. Hunter Moore would have a ball.
Well, with iOS 16 on the horizon, these concerns will take a back seat.
Apple’s latest mobile software update will bring us several new features that could completely change how we use our iPhones, including the ability to unsend text messages and redesign the lock screen.
But perhaps the most enthralling is the ability to password-protect these private and potentially trouble-making albums – the Hidden and Recently Deleted albums, to be clear.
You don’t actually need to do anything to toggle this feature on. If you want to check it out, launch the Photos app and go to the Albums tab at the bottom of the screen.
If you scroll down, you’ll see a tiny lock next to the Hidden and Recently Deleted albums. To view what’s inside, use Face ID or your passcode.
Besides the new password protection feature, you can also view and share saved Wi-Fi passwords a lot more easily:
In Settings, go to Wi-Fi and tap the tiny information icon to the right of the network you want the password for. To view the network password, tap the Password section and then use Face ID or enter your passcode to view it. You can then tap Copy to copy the password into your clipboard and share it.
There’s also a niftier way to find and remove any duplicate photos and videos, pin your favourite tabs in Safari, and pair Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons with your iPhone to play games.
The update will let you add widgets to the panel of your lock screen, retract or edit texts sent to other iOS 16 users, and has the option to pull back messages sent via the Mail app, too.
These are all major additions to the software that will “save you from plenty of embarrassment if you’re a little too quick with your fingers,” reported Yahoo!Finance.
Apple noted in its press release that iOS 16 will enhance iPhone with all new personalisation features, deeper intelligence, and seamless ways to communicate and share, listing every single key feature set to come with the update.
Explore all of them here.
The iOS 16 update is still in the beta phase, which means the final version of the software you eventually download in September could look or act differently.
But still, I’m keen to finally hide some stuff properly.
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