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This story is part of, CNET’s complete coverage from and about Apple’s annual developers conference.
iOS 16, the next major version of iPhone software, made its debut, Apple’s annual developer conference. There are actually quite a bit of new features, big, small and in-between. iOS 16 adds new ways to communicate like being able to , new tools to personalize your iPhone like the ability to and new automations for sharing like the ability to have shared Photo Libraries with friends. All these add up to an iOS that feels fresh and contemporary. iOS 16 will likely be released this September alongside the .
Apple’s announcement for iOS 16 took place outdoors on the lawn at Apple Park, the company’s headquarters in Cupertino. The iOS 16 preview comes on the heels of thewhich included updates to Apple Cash, Photos Memories and the Podcasts app. Apple also recently launched a developer’s beta for iOS 15.6 which at this time lacks any major features and seems mainly aimed at fixing bugs.
iOS 16 lets you edit and unsend messages
“Embarrassing typos are a thing of the past,” said Apple’s SVP of software engineering Craig Federighi as he introduced three of the most requested features for the Messages app.
First, you can now edit sent messages. So if you notice a typo after a message, you can now edit the message after the fact. A tiny “edited” appears in the status under the message.
Next, which might be my favorite new feature, you can immediately recall a sent message. If you accidentally sent unfinished message you can use the undo send tool prevent it from being read and look less chaotic to your friends and family.
Last, you can mark messages and threads as unread. This is an excellent tool for when you don’t have time to respond to a message in the moment but want to make sure you come back to it later.
Your iPhone gets a new customizable lock screen
Yourthat makes it more intelligent and customizable. Press and hold to edit your lock screen. An editor lets you change the color and style of lock screen elements. You can customize the fonts of the time and date. You can also add lock screen widgets like temperature, activity rings and a calendar widget.
iOS 16 also lets you setup multiple lock screens with different widgets. There’s even a photo shuffle option to have the pictures on you lock screen automatically change.
Notifications and live activities
Notifications are moved to the bottom of the screen. With live activities, you can have sporting events or following an Uber ride update in real time.
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