Are you missing some iOS 16 features? The age of your iPhone could be to blame

This story is part Focal Point iPhone 2022CNET’s collection of news, tips and advice on Apple’s most popular product.

New iOS16 is out now for Compatible iPhoneswhich means you can download it now if you have an iPhone 8 or newer.

Unfortunately, even if your iPhone is capable of running iOS 16, that doesn’t mean it will get all the cool new featuresas the battery percentage icon in your status bar or the new drag and drop photo crop trick.

Depending on your iPhone’s age and processor, your software update might be missing some of the new settings and features others are enjoying on iOS 16. Here’s how to tell if you’re missing those features too.

Read more: Should you upgrade to iPhone 14? How it compares to older iPhones

If you are interested in getting the iPhone 14, 14 Pro or 14 Pro Maxwhich arrived on Friday and will include all the features on this list, here’s how you can find an iPhone 14 deal and here are some of best cases you can get.

Battery percentage in iPhone status bar

Apple used to show the battery percentage in status bar until the release of the iPhone X and the notch (which recently converted to dynamic island). With iOS 16, the battery indicator has been reintroduced and redesigned – but not for everyone with the latest update.

According to this Apple support page, The status bar battery feature is excluded from iPhone XR, iPhone 11, iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 13 Mini.

If you want to see a visual indicator of your battery charge, you can either add a battery widget to your home screen or swipe down to see the number in the control center.

The battery icon seen on an iPhone running the iOS 16 beta

The battery icon is located at the top right of the iPhone.

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Lift the subject from the background of the photo

On iOS 16, you can press your finger on a bright subject, such as a person or a pet, in a photo, to crop it, then drag and drop it somewhere else, such as in your notes, email, or text message. It does this by using Apple’s Visual Look Up feature, which identifies objects in your photos, but both of these features require newer iPhone models.

This feature is only available on an iPhone with an A12 Bionic and later – starting with the iPhone XS/XR – and is not available on the iPhone X and iPhone 8 series.

Use iOS 16's visual search to cut out a cat from an image

Simply drag and drop to crop your subject from a photo.

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Wallpaper depth effect on your lock screen

Lock screen added major customization tools with the release of iOS 16, letting you play with fonts, colors, wallpaper profiles, widgets – and a new depth effect. As long as your wallpaper has a clear subject in the foreground, the time on your lock screen can appear below the subject, giving your wallpaper a layered effect. However, the feature also uses Visual Look Up to identify your subject and therefore will not work on all iPhones.

Again, this feature is only available on an iPhone with an A12 Bionic chip and later, so iPhone XS/XR and later.

iOS 16 lock screen customization options

You can see the bottom of the time falling behind the subject of the photo.

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Live text to copy text from videos

Your iPhone’s Live Text feature, which was introduced with iOS 15, lets you copy text from an image and then paste it elsewhere. With iOS 16, the feature received an update that now allows you to copy text from a paused video as well, but only if you have a certain iPhone.

This feature is only available on iPhone XR/XS and later.

Live text feature on iOS 15

Live Text works on both photos and videos on iOS 16.

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New and improved dictation experience

In iOS 16, Apple redesigned how dictation works, making it easier to use voice-to-text and the keyboard at the same time, making the experience smoother when texting and composing emails. The feature uses on-device machine learning, which unfortunately isn’t available on all iPhones.

This feature is again only available on iPhones with an A12 Bionic chip and later, which includes iPhone XS/XR and later.

Live captions for FaceTime calls and videos

Live Captions for iOS 16 creates real-time captions for any video playing on your iPhone, whether it’s in your text messages or camera roll, or even if it’s a FaceTime call. The new accessibility feature aims to improve communication for the hearing impaired, but not everyone will get the change to enable it.

Like most features on this list, it’s only available on iPhone models with the A12 Bionic chip and later, which includes the iPhone XS/XR and later (and omits the iPhone 8 series and iPhone X).

Live Captions on FaceTime

Live captions on FaceTime allow you to read what the other person is saying in real time.

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Other Features Not Available for All iPhones Running iOS 16

The above features aren’t the only new or updated features that won’t appear on all iPhones with iOS 16. Below is a full list of missing features and included iPhone models.

  • Blur foreground objects in portraits: Available on iPhone 13 and iPhone 14.
  • Use your camera to track your medications in the Health app: iPhone XS/XR and later.
  • Hang up calls using your voice and other Siri enhancements: iPhone XS/XR and later.
  • Detect and describe nearby objects, like doors, with your camera: Available on iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro.

To find out more, here are the first things to do once you get iOS 16 and how disable annoying iOS 16 features.

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