iOS - Apple iPhone and iPad
The new Safety Check feature shows who has access to the data on the iOS device and lets you quickly revoke that access. It is at Settings -> Privacy & Security -> Safety Check. This is great defense for someone in an abusive relationship. One option is to stop all sharing immediately. Less drastically, you can stop sharing things like albums, your location, the Home app and notes. The most drastic option is the Emergency Reset which stops all sharing, changes your Apple ID passwords, and reviews your emergency contacts.
The oldest phone that version 16 runs on is the iPhone 8, which was released in 2017. It also runs on the iPhone SE, 2nd generation or later.
Lockdown Mode: Settings -> Privacy and Security -> Lockdown Mode. Probably a good thing.
Probably turn on the new option for software updates called "Security Responses & System Files". Miserable name. These are bug fixes that are sent automatically and silently installed. However, they may not be totally silent as they may force a re-boot of the iOS device. And, even with this option off, Apple may still update part of the OS whenever it feels like doing so. It is at Settings -> General -> Software Updates -> Automatic Updates
There is new clipboard security: when an app accesses the clipboard, you get to allow it or not. This decision is not permanent, it has to be done for every clipboard access.
New feature: biometric locks on hidden and deleted photo albums. You can create a folder that requires authentication (fingerprint/face) to see the contents. But beware that these photos are backed up to the cloud, so not very secure. Settings -> Photos -> Hidden and Deleted albums -> Use Face (or Touch) ID. To add photos to the hidden album, tap a photo, tap the three-dot icon, and then tap Hide. For more see: How to Lock Down Sensitive Photos on iPhone and Android by Thorin Klosowski of Wirecutter. Nov 2022
All the New Privacy and Security Features in iOS 16 by Thorin Klosowski (Sept 2022)
Passkeys are new in this release. In my opinion, they can be ignored because they won't catch on.
See whats new in iOS 16 from Apple
The new App Privacy Report strikes me a as a big deal. It opens the black box of what apps do. You can see how often apps access Contacts, Camera, Location, Photos and the Microphone. It also shows network activity which is great for anyone able to block domains in their router. Off by default. Turn it on: Settings -> Privacy -> App Privacy Report. One flaw: network activity is not seen in the report when using a VPN. Another bug: calls an IP address a domain. More here (Nov 2021) and here (Jan 2022).
The new Legacy Contact feature allows you to specify who can access your Apple account when you die. More on this in the Death sub-section.
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