Gurman: iOS 16 and watchOS 9 will have major upgrades, but no big design changes

In his latest Power On newsletter, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman says the next rev of iOS — version 16 — will have no major redesign elements, but will sport “significant improvements to” notifications, as well as new health-tracking features.

He adds that Apple Watch “may get major upgrades to activity and health tracking.”

From the newsletter: On the iOS side, I’m looking for some fairly significant enhancements across the board, including an update to notifications and new health-tracking features.

I’m not expecting an end-to-end redesign of iOS’s interface, even though it hasn’t changed much since iOS 7 nearly a decade ago. But there might be a new iPadOS multitasking interface. The Apple Watch, meanwhile, may get major upgrades to activity and health tracking.

Apple will preview iOS 16, iPadOS 16, macOS 13, tvOS 16, and watchOS 9 at this summer’s (virtual again) Worldwide Developer Conference, which will be held June 6-10. Despite rumors (hopes?) to the contrary, Gurman doesn’t thinks we’ll see a preview of Apple’s rumored augmented reality/virtual reality headset.

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.