Apple’s upcoming iOS 16 update brings it along many new features — things like the ability to customize your Lock Screen, edit iMessages, or copy captions from videos. But Apple is also making under-the-radar changes to some of the iPhone sounds, some of which we hear on The Verge temporarily noticed using beta.
When you open the Find Me app and select the “play sound” option for iOS/iPadOS 16 devices, you will now be greeted with a sound like an electronic xylophone instead of the ping sound that played on iOS 15 and earlier. The changes also take effect when you ask your Apple Watch to ping your phone, unless the sound plays once instead of over and over again. One of my coworkers described the new sound as higher pitched and easier to hear, but I’ll let you judge for yourself how it sounds.
Let me just say: I think this voice is method better than the old one. While iOS 15’s radar-like pings were thematically appropriate soundtracks as I searched for a lost phone, the new sound seemed fun and playful, as my phone did a little “here I am, come find me” dance.
What I don’t like is the new Siri activation sound. When Siri classic two-tone activation beep been gone for a while (when I say “hey Siri” or hold down the power button on your phone, Siri just waits a moment before saying a slightly creepy “uh-huh?” or “hmm?”, there’s still one place I hear it: when activating the voice assistant while using CarPlay. Now, that tone has been replaced with a softer bong, which I find less attention-grabbing. While I like the sound, I’m not a big fan of the fact that it keeps me guessing whether Siri is actually listening as I try to stay focused on the road.
If you’ve come this far in the story, I think it’s safe to assume that you’re interested in the sound the phone makes to let the user know that something is up. If that’s the case, you might want to check out our excellent article detailing history of famous Nokia ringtones.