In July, Apple released the first public beta of iOS 16, letting users try out all the new features of the operating system update ahead of its public release later this year. Apple released the first developer beta of iOS 16 in early June, followed by the second developer beta later that month. The third developer beta was launched in early July.
However, developer betas are not meant for regular users and require an Apple Developer Program membership that costs $100 per year. Additionally, these versions are not recommended for daily use as they are much more buggy than the public betas and are mainly meant to help developers check out the compatibility of their apps with new versions of iOS before their public release.
iOS 16 comes with a slew of new features, including many customization options that make it a big update over iOS 15. One such new addition is a customizable lock screen that offers more options than ever before. Users can press and hold to edit their lock screen and then swipe left or right to try out different wallpapers, clocks, and fonts. Users can also add lock screen widgets like temperature and calendar. What’s more, users can even set up multiple lock screens and activate the photo shuffle feature to automate the process of changing pictures on the lock screen.
Another major new iOS 16 feature is the ability to edit or ‘unsend’ messages. Users will be able to edit, undo, and mark messages as unread after they’ve been sent. The most popular of these is likely to be the feature that allows users to recall a sent message to fix a typo or a grammatical error. The features can be accessed through the same iMessage menu that is available in iOS 15 and earlier by long-pressing on a sent message. However, it will only be available on devices running iOS 16 and not on iOS 15 and older.
An iOS 16 feature called Automatic Verification promises to make it easier to access a service or a website. It uses a system called Private Access Tokens to bypass captchas on various websites. The feature is enabled by default in iOS 16, iPadOS 16 and macOS Ventura, but users can easily disable it if they want. Captchas are one of the most annoying aspects of the internet and it will be a major relief for many users if the new system can get rid of them for good.
iOS 16 also comes with a tweaked Visual Lookup tool that makes it possible to isolate a subject from the background. Visual Lookup can identify plants and animals in photos, but now users can tap on a subject within an image to isolate it from the background and paste it in compatible apps like iMessage. For all intents and purposes, it’s an automatic background removal tool that could become really popular if it works as advertised. Finally, another great feature that many iPhone users will enjoy is Shareplay in Messages. While Shareplay originally debuted with iOS 15, the latest update in iOS 16 will let users watch movies or listen to music with friends while chatting in Messages.