Apple announced iOS 16 at the WWDC 2022 keynote in June. Now that the operating system is available to public beta testers, here are the five best features of the upcoming iOS 16 that will be released to all users later this fall.
Edit, undo and unread messages on iOS 16
iOS 16 brings some significant improvements to iMessage. When it’s available to all users, you’ll have 15 minutes to edit messages and two minutes to unsend messages. This is very useful if you misspelled a word or sent the wrong message to the wrong person.
When editing a post, Apple now shows the history of the edited post and gives the user up to five chances to edit that content.
Unread, on the other hand, is useful for helping you keep track of which messages you want to reply to later. It’s important to note that at least the message editing and undoing features on all devices must have iOS 16, iPadOS 16, macOS 13 Ventura, or watchOS 9.
A brand new lock screen for your current iPhone
The main feature of iOS 16 – or at least the most notable – is the new lock screen. It offers a handful of new customizations, allowing you to edit the lock screen almost any way you want.
It’s easy to change the font, color, or placement of elements on your lock screen by tapping them. With a multi-layered photo effect, photo subjects are displayed dynamically ahead of time to make the subject of the photo stand out.
In addition, for the first time ever, you can add widgets to the lock screen in iOS 16 – and not just Apple widgets, but third-party widgets as well.
iOS 16 brings groundbreaking Live Text feature to video
Live Text was already great with iOS 15. You could extract information from a photo by selecting the available text, such as a phone or address.
Now, with Live Text in Videos, text is fully interactive in paused video frames, so you can use features like copy and paste, lookup and translate.
In addition, Live Text with iOS 16 adds recognition of Japanese, Korean and Ukrainian text. Last but not least, data detected in photos and videos can be output with a single tap. Track flights or shipments, translate foreign languages, exchange currencies and more.
Focus mode gets even more useful in iOS 16
With iOS 15, I said focus mode was the main feature of the update. Now this feature gets even better.
For example, the lock screen can be linked to your focus mode. So when you’re working, your lock screen will reflect the focus set.
With Focus filters, you can set Apple apps like Calendar, Mail, Messages, and Safari to set boundaries for each Focus you enable. In addition, you can have a Focus turn on automatically at a set time or location, or while using a particular app, which is more convenient than just a specific time.
For a passwordless future, meet Passkeys in iOS 16
Passkeys plans to replace passwords with an easier and more secure login method using your face or fingerprint with Face ID/Touch ID.
It is protected against phishing and website leaks, as passwords never leave your device and are specific to the site you created them for, making them nearly impossible to phishing or hacking.
In addition, Passkeys syncs across devices and allows you to login on other devices. Apple says it’s trying to achieve an industry standard so you can sign in to websites or apps on other devices, including non-Apple devices, with your saved password by scanning the QR code with your iPhone or iPad and Face ID or Touch ID to use to authenticate.
These are the five iOS 16 features that I care about most. What is your favorite feature in this operating system? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.
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