Screenshot of the iOS 16 Messages app showing the edited app

The coolest features of iOS 16: Find out what’s new for your iPhone

this story is part of World Developers Conference 2022CNET’s full coverage of Apple’s annual developer conference.

what happened

Apple will soon release the next major version of its phone software, iOS 16, but users can test the public beta before the official software release.

why it matters

iOS 16 will be rolling out to the iPhone 8 and newer soon. It will include major updates such as customizing the lock screen and the ability to edit and “unsend” iMessage texts.

what’s next

Apple will likely announce official details about iOS 16 and its release at its “Far Out” event on September 7.

Since Apple announced iOS 16 — the software that powers it iPhone — The company has been releasing a beta version during its WWDC keynote in June developer Test with users. Apple’s sixth and latest public beta iOS 16 brings a much-missed feature to some iPhone users — Percentage numbers inside the battery symbol Displays the exact battery level of your iPhone.

along with The rumored iPhone 14iOS 16 is likely to roll out to users with the following features Compatible iPhone Soon after Apple’s “Far Out” event on Wednesday.

We don’t know everything the final software will include, but the iOS beta shows some upgrades focused on communications, personalization, and privacy. Big changes are coming to the iPhone lock screen, messaging apps, and wallet, but Lesser-known features lurking in iOS 16 Also worth a try.

The new software will run iPhone 8 and later. Here are all the iOS 16 features you should know about.

Edit and “Unsend” messages

“Embarrassing misspellings are a thing of the past,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering, describing three of the most popular features in the Messages app.

1. In iOS 16 You will be able to edit sent messages. So if you find a typo after a message, you’ll be able to edit the message after the fact. A tiny “edited” will appear in the status below the message.

In Messages, you can edit previously sent messages.


Next, this is probably my favorite new feature that you can immediately remember Sent message. If you accidentally send an unfinished message, you can use the undo send tool to prevent it from being read and hope your friends and family look less cluttered.

Finally, you can mark messages and threads as unread. This can be a great tool when you don’t have time to reply to a message for a while but want to make sure to come back later.

New customizable lock screen

One of the things you see most on your iPhone is the lock screen, especially if you have an iPhone with Face ID. iOS 16 brings the most A major update to the iPhone lock screen and hold Edit your lock screen. You can swipe to try several different styles. Each style changes color filters for background photos and fonts on the lock screen, so everything looks great. It feels a bit like Apple’s take on Google’s Material You that rolled out with Android 12.

You can also customize the font for the time and date, and add lock screen widgets like temperature, activity ring, and calendar. These widgets are similar to the complications on the Apple Watch’s lock screen.

In iOS 16, your iPhone will become more customizable. You will be able to choose the appearance of the lock screen, including fonts and colors.


You can even set up multiple custom lock screens with different widgets and easily swipe to switch between them. There’s also a photo shuffle option that automatically changes the picture on the lock screen.

one We’d like to see features added by Apple is an always-on display. This is something almost all Android phones have. Even the Apple Watch.possible iPhone 14 there will be one.

Screenshot of the live activity tool at the bottom of the lock screen

iOS 16 added a feature that developers can use called Live Activities. This is essentially a mini-view of the real-time progress of a workout, sporting event, or Uber ride from your iPhone’s lock screen.


Notifications and Live Events

Notifications sometimes obscure photos on the lock screen, so iOS 16 moves notifications to the bottom of the display. When you receive them, they are not compiled into a list, but look like a vertical carousel. Not only does this look better, but it should go a long way towards using the iPhone with one hand.

iOS 16 also aims to address another notification issue. Sometimes you’ll get a bunch of notifications in a row from one app, like the score of a basketball game. A new developer tool called Live Activities makes it easier to see what’s going on in real-time from your lock screen, rather than a series of distractions.

Live events should make it easier to track the progress of sporting events, workouts, and even Uber rides.

Skip captcha with private access token

CAPTCHA — which stands for Fully Automated Public Turing Test to Distinguish Computers from Humans — has always been an essential evil on the internet. Captcha is designed to ensure that a person is visiting a website or service, not a robot. I find them annoying because they often involve reading weird letters or having to find all the images with trucks. In iOS 16, Apple plans to start replacing these awkward interactions with private access tokens.

According to a video on Apple’s website that demonstrates the private access token, websites that support the token will essentially log in and verify that you are indeed a human without having to play any of the usual CAPTCHA games. Apple said in the video that the company is working with other companies to roll out support for the feature, so we can’t say CAPTCHA will go away after iOS 16 rolls out to the public. But if the concept is adopted, it may offer some relief.

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 shows your ID and that you are 21 years old or older.

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 the iPhone. Apple says it’s working to ensure shared keys become an industry standard and are free for others.

Screenshot of cards in the iOS 16 Wallet app

The Wallet app in iOS 16 is getting a bunch of small but notable updates, including the Apple Pay Later payment plan.


Apple Pay will support new payment methods and add a new item called Pay later with Apple PayOne Services like Klarna This lets you split the cost of your Apple Pay purchase into four equal payments spread over six weeks with zero interest and no fees. Upcoming payments are managed through the Wallet app for easy tracking of dates and payments.

But Apple Pay doesn’t stop there. A new feature will also help you track Apple Pay orders and let merchants provide detailed receipt and tracking information. This should make it easier for you to keep up-to-date on the status of all your orders.

Screenshot of the thread with the dog's cutout added to the message

You can tap and hold a photo’s subject to separate it from the background. You can then drag it to another app (such as Messages) to share it.


Click and drag photos for Visual Look Up

In iOS 15, Visual Look Up analyzes your photos and can identify objects like plants, landmarks, and pets. iOS 16 takes this to the next level. When you touch the photo subject of a dog like the one pictured above, you can lift it from the background and add it to apps like Messages.Essentially it is a Long press tool to remove photo background.

Apple sometimes overuses the word “magic”, but this feature does seem to be.

Craig Federighi introduces SharePlay in Messages in front of the big screen

During the WWDC keynote, Apple executive Craig Federighi introduced SharePlay for the Messages app.


SharePlay comes to the news

SharePlay debuted in iOS 15, giving you a shared experience when connecting with someone via FaceTime. You can watch TV shows, listen to music in sync, and more. iOS 16 adds the ability to discover more supported apps share play From FaceTime.

But perhaps one of the coolest things Apple did for SharePlay was make it work in the Messages app. Apple says this is one of the biggest requests from app developers. Now, when you want to share a movie on Disney Plus, you can start SharePlay with your friends while chatting in Messages.

Apple execs show off security checks during WWDC keynote

Security Check lets you quickly reset location sharing and password access. It is designed to help people in abusive relationships.


Safety checks aimed at helping people in abusive relationships

Security check is a new feature designed to help people in abusive relationships. It lets you view and reset who has access to location information and passwords, messages, and other apps on your iPhone.

Focus Mode Updates and Focus Filters

There are several updates to Focus Mode. The first applies focus behavior to widgets and lock screen appearances. So you can have one lock screen for when Work Focus is enabled and another for exercise.

Apple has added specific Focus filters that apply the iPhone’s Focus mode in applications. For example, in Safari, you can limit the displayed tabs based on the focus mode you activate.

Apple Maps adds transit cards

map will get several updates. You will be able to plan your trip to 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 it to your iPhone.

And similar to what Google announced for Google Wallet in Android 13, you’ll be able to see transit fare estimates and add more money to fare cards from Apple Maps.

Craig Federighi shows off new quickstart feature in WWDC keynote

In iOS 16, you’ll be able to customize the Quick Start with a specific child’s iCloud parental controls and settings.


iCloud Family List

iCloud gets several new features. One of the more interesting is the option for your child to quickly set up a new device. When Quick Launch appears, you can choose to select a user for the new device and use all existing parental controls that you previously selected and configured. However, that’s not what many of us still want: the ability to set up different users for the same device.

There’s a new family checklist with reminders to update settings as kids get older, such as checking location sharing settings or sharing your iCloud Plus subscription.

For more information, check out Everything Apple announced at WWDC 2022.

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