Apple Introduces Custom Focus Features with iOS 16

iOS 16 offers more granular control of Focus modes, including Lock screen customization.

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 is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, and has written hundreds of in-depth how-to and troubleshooting articles. She's a former Associate Editor for iPhone Life magazine, and has written for the Iowa Source, as well as web content for education marketing. Leanne has an associate's degree in education, with a focus on curriculum development, as well as a bachelor's degree in science. She has over nine years of experience with SEO, social media management, and web development and writing. Despite years of web work, Leanne is by no means an early adapter; she's only owned a smartphone for five years, which makes her highly sympathetic to the learning curve of new iPhone owners. She enjoys making reader's lives easier and putting her education experience to work by walking them through the most practical ways to use Apple devices, step-by-step.

In off-work hours, Leanne is a mother of two, homesteader, audiobook fanatic, musician, and learning enthusiast.