iOS 16: Release Date, New Features and Everything We Know From WWDC

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This story is part of WWDC 2022CNET’s full coverage of and about Apple’s annual developer conference.

This year at WWDC, Apple announced iOS 16, promising many great new features for your iPhone. With iOS 16, you will be able to edit messages that have been sent in the Messages application and get new tools for personalizing your iPhone, including the ability to customize the display of your lock screen. Also new privacy features for people in abusive relationships. iOS 16 will likely be released in September along with that much rumored iPhone 14 and will be available for iPhone 8 and later. However, developers can download the software now.

The introduction of iOS 16 continues on the heels of May 16th release of iOS 15.5, which includes Apple Cash updates, Photo Memories and a Podcast app. Apple also recently launched a developer beta for iOS 15.6, which currently lacks major new features and appears primarily focused on fixing bugs.

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iOS 16 allows you to edit and ‘cancel’ messages

“Shameless typos are a thing of the past,” said Apple Senior Vice President of Software Engineering Craig Federighi while introducing the three most requested features for the Messages app.

First, on iOS 16 you will be able to edit the message sent. So if you notice a typo after a message, you will be able to edit the message after the fact. A small “edited” appears in the status of the message.

An image from the iOS 16 Messages app showing what has been edited

In Messages, you can edit previously sent messages.


Next – and this could be your favorite new feature – you can instantly remember the messages you sent. If you accidentally send an unfinished message, you can use the Undo Send tool to prevent it from being read and hopefully not look messy to your friends and family.

Lastly, you can mark messages and threads as unread. This can be a great tool when you don’t have time to respond to a message at the moment, but want to make sure you’ll get back to it.

Your iPhone gets a new customizable lock screen

One of the things you see most on an iPhone is the lock screen, especially if you have an iPhone equipped with Face ID. iOS 16 brings the most substantial update to the iPhone lock screen yet. Press and hold to change the lock screen. You can swipe to try different styles. Each style changes the color filter for the background photo and the font on the lock screen so they are all complementary. This is exactly what Apple did about Google Material You, which launched with Android 12.

You can also customize the font for time and date, and add lock screen widgets like temperature, activity ringer and calendar. The widget is similar in complexity to the Apple Watch’s lock screen.

Your iPhone will be more customizable on iOS 16. You will be able to choose the display of the lock screen, up to fonts and colors.


You can even set up multiple customized lock screens with different widgets and easily swipe to switch between them. There’s even a random image option that automatically changes the image on your lock screen.

One of the features we hope to see Apple add there is an always-on display. It’s something almost all Android phones have; even the Apple Watch doesn’t. There is hope it will come out with it iPhone 14.

Screenshot of the Live Activities tool at the bottom of the lock screen

iOS 16 adds a developer -usable feature called Live Activities. This is essentially a mini view of the real -time progress of a workout, sporting event or Uber ride from the iPhone lock screen.


Direct news and activities

Sometimes notifications can cover the lock screen photo, so iOS 16 moves notifications to the bottom of the screen. When you receive it, instead of being compiled into a list, it looks like a vertical carousel. This not only looks better but should be a great help to use one hand of the iPhone.

iOS 16 also aims to address other notification issues. Sometimes you get multiple notifications in a row from one app, such as a basketball game score. A new tool for developers called Live Activities makes it easy to stay on top of everything happening in real time from the lockscreen, instead of experiencing interruptions.

Live Activities should make it easier to follow sporting events, training or even Uber travel progress.

Wallet and Apple Pay Later

ID cards from other countries will be available in the Wallet application along with other 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 display your ID and you are 21 years old.

iOS 16 makes sharing buttons easier with apps like Mail and Messages. When your friend receives the key, they can add it to the Wallet app on their iPhone. Apple says it works to ensure that shared keys are industry standard and free to others.

Picture the card in the Wallet app for iOS 16

The Wallet app on iOS 16 got a lot of small but important updates, including the Apple Pay Later payment plan.


Apple Pay will support new payment types and add new features called for Apple Pay later, a Klarna-like service that lets you split the cost of buying Apple Pay into four equal payments spread over six weeks, with zero interest and no fees. Upcoming payments are managed through the Wallet app, making it easy to keep track of dates and payments.

But Apple Pay doesn’t stop there. The new feature will also help you track Apple Pay orders and allow merchants to send you receipts and detailed tracking information. This should make it easier to stay updated on the status of all your orders.

The image of the thread in the Message added a piece of dog

You can touch and hold the subject of the photo and separate it from the background. Then you can drag it to another app like Messages to share.


Tap and drag Visual Lookup for a photo

In iOS 15, Visual Look Up analyzes your photos and can identify objects like plants, landmarks and animals. iOS 16 takes this to the next level. If you tap the subject of a photo like a dog in the image above, you can pick up the photo from the background and add it to an app like Messages. The bottom line is a direct touch tool that removes the background of the photo.

Apple sometimes overuses the word “magic,” but this feature is really like that.

Craig Federighi introduced SharePlay in Messages in front of a giant screen

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


SharePlay explains Messages

SharePlay, which debuted on iOS 15, allows you to have a sharing experience when connecting with people via FaceTime. You can watch TV shows, listen to music in sync and more. iOS 16 adds the ability to find other apps that support SharePlay from FaceTime.

But perhaps one of the best things Apple has done for SharePlay is to make it usable in the Messages app. Apple says this is one of the biggest demands from app developers. Now if you want to share your movie on Disney Plus, you can start SharePlay along with your friends while chatting in Messages.

Apple executives unveiled the Safety Check feature during the WWDC keynote

Safety Check lets you quickly reset location sharing and access to passwords. It is intended to be helpful for people in abusive relationships.


The Safety Check is intended to help people who have had an abusive relationship

Check safety it’s a new feature intended to help people in abusive relationships. Allows you to check and reset who has access to your location information as well as passwords, messages and other applications on your iPhone.

Update focus mode and Focus filters

Focus mode gets some updates. The first applies the Focus behavior to the widget and the lock screen display. So you can set the lock screen when Work Focus is enabled and more for training.

Apple added a special Focus filter that applies the iPhone’s Focus mode to the app. For example, in Safari, you can limit what tabs are displayed depending on which Focus mode is active.

Apple Maps adds transit rate cards

The map will get some updates. You will be able to plan trips with up to 15 different spots along the way. If you start planning your trip with the Maps app on your Mac, you’ll be able to share it to your iPhone.

And about the same as what Google announced for Google Wallet on Android 13, you’ll be able to see transit rate estimates as well as add money to your fare card from Apple Maps.

Craig Federighi showed off his new Quick Start feature during the WWDC keynote

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


iCloud family checklist

iCloud got some new features. One of the more interesting is the option to quickly set up a new device for your child. When Quick Start appears, you have the option to select a user for the new device and use all of the existing parental controls that you have previously selected and managed. However, this isn’t what many want: the ability to set up separate users for the same device.

There’s a new family checklist with tips for updating your settings for kids as they get older, like a reminder to check your location sharing settings or share your iCloud Plus subscription.

For more, check it out all of which Apple announced at WWDC 2022.

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