Apple Introduces Custom Focus Features with iOS 16

Apple introduced Focus mode with iOS 15 and macOS Monterey last year, and this year, iOS 16 will offer us more customizable Focus features.

As reported in our iOS 16 Lock Screen article, Apple will offer significant customization options for the Lock screen, including choices of widgets, photos, fonts, colors, and styles. Focus mode will also offer this expanded control and include the option to customize your Lock screen for each Focus mode. You can have a different photo and style on your Lock and Home screens for each Focus, along with the current options to choose which Notifications, apps, and events are shown in each mode. 

To further minimize distractions, Apple is introducing new Focus filters. Users can customize Safari content for each Focus mode, so you'll only see tabs that relate to your current focus. Finally, Apple is rolling out a new Focus Application Programming Interface, API, that can work with third-party apps to help them seamlessly work with Focus features. 

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Leanne Hays has over a dozen years of experience writing for online publications. As a Feature Writer for iPhone Life, she has authored hundreds of how-to, Apple news, and gear review articles, as well as a comprehensive Photos App guide. Leanne holds degrees in education and science and loves troubleshooting and repair. This combination makes her a perfect fit as manager of our Ask an Expert service, which helps iPhone Life Insiders with Apple hardware and software issues.
In off-work hours, Leanne is a mother of two, homesteader, audiobook fanatic, musician, and learning enthusiast.