This story is part ofCNET’s full coverage of and about the annual Apple Developer Conference.
As always, Apple’s keynote was full of exciting software announcements on the first day of this week. The annual Developers Conference is where we usually get our first look at the next version of iOS, the iPhone operating system. This year, Apple unveiled iOS 16, promising a bunch of neat new features for your iPhone.
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The introduction of iOS 16 followed on the heels of May 16, which included updates to Apple Cash, Photos Memories, and the Podcasts app. Apple recently launched a developer beta for iOS 15.6, which currently lacks any major new features and appears to be primarily focused on bug fixing.
iOS 16 lets you edit and ‘unsend’ messages
“Embarrassing typos are a thing of the past,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering, introducing three of the most requested features of the Messages app.
First, in iOS 16. So if you notice a misspelling after the message, you’ll be able to edit the message after the fact. A small “Modified” sign appears in the status below the message.
Then – and this may be my favorite new feature – you can instantly recall a sent message. If you accidentally send an incomplete message, you can use the undo send tool to prevent it from being read and hopefully look less messy to your friends and family.
Finally, you can mark messages and topics as unread. This can be an excellent tool when you don’t have time to respond to a message at the moment, but want to make sure you come back to it later.
Your iPhone gets a new customizable lock screen
One of the things you look at the most on your iPhone is the lock screen, especially if you have an iPhone with Face ID. Brings iOS 16. Press and hold to edit your lock screen. You can scroll to try several different styles. Each style changes the color filter of the background image and the font on the lock screen so that everything compliments each other. This is somewhat similar to Apple’s handling of Google’s Material You, which launched with Android 12.
You can also customize the fonts for the time and date, and add lock screen widgets like temperature, activity rings, and a calendar. The tools are similar to the complications on the Apple Watch lock screen.
You can also set up multiple custom lock screens with different widgets and easily swipe to switch between them. There is also a photo switch option that changes photos on the lock screen automatically.
It was always on display. It’s something almost all Android phones have; Even the Apple Watch does. There is hope to come out with .
Notifications and live activities
Sometimes notifications can cover your lock screen image, so iOS 16 moves notifications to the bottom of the screen. When received, instead of being grouped into a list, it appears like a vertical spinning circle. Not only does this look better, but it should also be a great help for one-handed use of your iPhone.
iOS 16 is also intended to solve another notification issue. Sometimes you get a bunch of notifications in a row from a single app, like the result of a basketball match. A new tool for developers called Live Activities makes it easier to stay on top of things happening in real time from the lock screen, rather than having a series of interruptions.
Live activities should make it easier to follow sporting events, workouts, or even progress with an Uber ride.
Wallet and Apple Pay later
ID cards from more states will be available in your Wallet app along with more security and privacy features. In iOS 16, you can also protect your identity and age. So instead of showing your exact date of birth, the Wallet app will show who you are and that you are over 21.
iOS 16 makes it easier to share keys with apps like Mail and Messages. When your friend receives the key, they can add it to the Wallet app on their iPhone. Apple said it’s working to make sure shared keys are an industry standard and free for others.
Apple Pay will support new types of payments and add a new feature calledKlarna, a service similar to Klarna that lets you split the cost of an Apple Pay purchase into four equal payments spread over six weeks, with no interest and no fees. Incoming payments are managed through the Wallet app, making it easy to keep track of dates and payments.
But Apple Pay doesn’t stop there. A new feature will also help you track Apple Pay orders and allow merchants to deliver detailed receipts and tracking information. This would make it easy to stay updated on the status of all your requests.
Click and drag in Visual Lookup for images
In iOS 15, Visual Look Up analyzes your photos and can identify things like plants, landmarks, and pets. iOS 16 takes this to the next level. When you touch an image subject like the dog in the photo above, you can lift it off the background and add it to apps like Messages. It’s basically a press and hold tool that removes the background of an image.
Sometimes Apple overuse the word “magic”, but this feature really seems to be so.
SharePlay comes to messages
SharePlay, which debuted in iOS 15, allows you to have a shared experience while calling someone via FaceTime. You can watch TV shows, listen to synchronized music, and other things. iOS 16 adds the ability to discover more apps that support SharePlay from within FaceTime.
But perhaps one of the coolest things Apple did for SharePlay was to make it work within the Messages app. Apple said this was one of the biggest requests from app developers. Now when you want to share a movie on Disney Plus, you can start SharePlay with a friend while chatting in Messages.
Security screening aims to help people in abusive relationships
This is a new feature that aims to be useful to people in abusive relationships. It allows you to review and reset who has access to location information as well as passwords, messages, and other apps on the iPhone.
Focus mode updates and focus filters
The focus mode gets several updates. The first applies focus behaviors to widgets and lock screen appearance. So you can set one lock screen when Work Focus is enabled and another for workouts.
Apple has added specific focus filters that apply Focus Mode to iPhone within apps. For example, in Safari, you can specify which tabs appear based on which focus mode is activated.
Apple Maps adds transit fare cards
Maps will get many updates. You’ll be able to plan trips with up to 15 different stops along the way. If you start planning a trip using the Maps app on your Mac, you’ll be able to share that with your iPhone.
And in something similar to what Google announced for Google Wallet in Android 13, you’ll be able to see fare estimates as well as add more money to your fare card from within Apple Maps.
iCloud Family Checklist
iCloud is getting many new features. One of the most interesting things is the option to quickly set up a new device for your child. When Quick Start appears, you have the option to choose a user for the new device and use all the existing parental controls you selected and configured earlier. However, that’s not what many of us still want: the ability to set up separate users for the same device.
There’s a new Family Checklist with tips for updating settings for your kids as they get older, like a reminder to check your location sharing settings or share your iCloud Plus subscriptions.
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