iOS 16: 5 Apps that Apple Killed

Last Updated on August 5, 2022 by Karan

It has been over a month since Apple launched their latest operating systems and we got some pretty cool features. Like the cool new Lock Screen Customization, Stage Manager, Continuity Camera. But a lot of these features did exist before, but through third-party apps. So, it got me wondering what are some third-party apps that Apple has Killed. Let’s have a look.

1. Photo Vault Apps

With iOS 16 you can hide your hidden album obviously and you can also secure it with FaceID. Now we got the hidden albums a few years back and only with iOS 15 we could hide the hidden albums through settings. But that still wasn’t enough for a lot of people. So, people would often go to these third-party apps that would either disguise themselves as calculators or these vaults and they would hide their photos in these apps.

Now this was a huge concern to the privacy because you’re exposing your sensitive data to these third-party apps that you have no idea about. But now the problem is no more because Apple has now integrated FaceID in the Photos app itself. Now why would you go to these third-party apps and keep your data at risk, well you can just you know go in the Photos app.

2. Background Remover Apps

There are these applications and websites that are pretty great at removing the subject and object from the image, like you know you can remove the background from these images. But it’s still always a hassle to export – import, wait for the processing and all of that stuff.

Now with iOS 16 with a single tap you can lift the subject from the background and you can copy it and paste it anywhere on the phone. So now, you wouldn’t go to these third-party apps and websites with the option just being right there.

3. Duplicate Photos and Contact Removers

Now the next one is sort of a mixture of two kinds of applications, but they still fall under the same category and that’s Duplicate Photos and Contact Removers.

So since ages now there have been these applications that would scan through your entire gallery and contacts and delete or merge your duplicate photos and contacts. Again, the same concern of privacy arises.

Now with iOS 16, there is an inbuilt option to either merge or delete these contacts and photos. So, this eliminates the risk to download another app, allow access, scan through the entire gallery or contacts and delete or merge them. Now all of that happens in the app itself just with a single tap.

4. Continuity Camera

Now this year’s biggest feature in the macOS was Continuity Camera and this not only killed a lot of third-party applications, but to some extent it also killed some products. So with continuity camera you can obviously use your iPhone as a webcam and allowing this you also get some cool new features like Portrait video and Center Stage in your mac, but the biggest USP of this is the Desk View feature. Now the Desk View feature uses the wide angle lens in the iPhone’s camera to show you objects that are placed right in front of the laptop.

The biggest advantage to using your iPhone as a webcam is the seamless connectivity it offers. You don’t need to download any other application, you don’t need to pair it wirelessly via bluetooth or something, it’s very very seamless.

All you have to do is take your iPhone’s camera close to the mac’s camera and it instantly switches. And that’s just magic.

Now there were certain third-party apps that did this but the sheer lengthiness of the process was very discouraging and now this entire process has thus been simplified. Additionally, the iPhones have arguably the best camera system in any other smartphone, so naturally any other webcam cannot compete with the iPhone’s camera. So why would you go out and buy another webcam when the best webcam is already in your pocket?

5. Flashlight Apps

Remember the times there were applications to turn on flashlight? Now it’s literally on your lock screen. But at the same time the existence of these applications is of utmost importance, because these applications motivate and encourage manufacturers and developers to include these features in the OS itself. So, it’s interesting to see how with every passing year, these apps slowly slowly die because the giants are just doing it better.