Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks during Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, California, June 6, 2022.
Peter Dasilva | Reuters
Apple announced the biggest iPhone software update of the year this week.
The software, revealed Monday during Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference, includes the biggest change to the look of the iPhone’s lock screen since 2014, and improvements to commonly used apps like Messages, Mail and Maps.
It’ll be available to everyone with an iPhone released in 2017 or later. The oldest device supported is the iPhone 8. So, if you want these features and still have that phone, it may be time to upgrade this fall.
IOS 16 is available to people with an Apple developer account now. It will be released as a beta version for the public next month and will launch for everyone alongside new iPhones in September or October.
Here’s are some of the biggest changes you should know about:
Customizable lock screens. Users will be able to add smaller widgets with real-time data like the weather forecast on the lock screen, and even change the font of the clock for the first time. Some apps will be able to display customized widgets with information like sports scores or how close your Uber is. Apple also introduced several new lock screen wallpapers with images like an interactive planet Earth. Notifications now appear at the bottom of the screen instead of on the top.
Unsend and edit iMessages. The new version of iOS will include several major updates to the Messages app, which sends SMS texts (green bubbles) and iMessages (blue bubbles.) When iMessaging with another Apple user, you’ll have 15 minutes after sending a message to either edit it or unsend it. The other user won’t get a notification but will see that the message has been edited or recalled. Users will also be able to mark texts as unread.
Better group texting with Android users. IPhone owners who text with Android users might be familiar with how SMS messages handle Apple’s tapbacks,…
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