Apple plans to release iOS 16, a free software update, on September 12. It will work with iPhone 8 and later models. iOS 16 has a lot of new features, like the ability to temporarily change or unsend iMessages and a customizable Lock Screen.
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Open the Settings app on your iPhone, go to General, and then click Software Update to start installing iOS 16 when it becomes available. Check out our list of six helpful new features in iOS 16 that you can use after updating your iPhone to the latest version.
1#. Customize the Lock Screen
The most important new thing in iOS 16 is the ability to customise the Lock Screen with multi-layered wallpapers, widgets, custom fonts for the date and time, and more. You can also choose a group of photos that will change on the Lock Screen as the day goes on.
The new Lock Screen gallery shows a variety of Lock Screen options, such as a new Weather wallpaper with live weather conditions and an Astronomy wallpaper with views of the Earth, Moon, and Solar System. iOS 16 lets you use different Lock Screen designs, and you can swipe to switch between your favourites.
2#. Edit or Unsend an iMessage
iOS 16 adds the ability to temporarily edit or unsend iMessages and mark conversations as unread after opening them.
Apple lets you change an iMessage up to five times after you send it and for up to 15 minutes after you send it. Recipients can see a record of what changes were made to the message, and on devices running iOS 15 or earlier, edited messages arrive as a new message that says “Edited to [new message].”
To change a message or cancel it, just tap and hold on a bubble and choose the right option from the menu that pops up. iMessages that have been changed are marked below the message bubble with the word “edited.” SMS messages (green bubbles) can’t be changed or taken back.
3#. Use the Full-Screen Music Player
With iOS 16, the Lock Screen now has a full-screen music player with big album art and a wallpaper that matches the music.
In 2016, with iOS 10, Apple’s Lock Screen no longer had a full-screen music player. If you don’t like the feature, you can tap the bottom of the screen to hide the music player and go back to your normal Lock Screen wallpaper.
4#. Use Nintendo Joy-Cons to play games.
iOS 16 lets iPhones work with a lot more Bluetooth game controllers, including the Joy-Cons and Pro Controller for the Nintendo Switch. iPhones with iOS 16 can be used with just the left or right Joy-Con, or with both of them at the same time as a single controller.
Since iOS 14.5 came out last year, the iPhone has already been able to work with PS5 DualSense and Xbox Series X controllers.
5#. Track an Apple Pay Order
Apple Pay in iOS 16 now has order tracking information built in to the Wallet app for online orders paid for with Apple Pay. The tracker shows when a package is out for delivery and gives an estimated delivery date for an order.
6#. Close Your Rings Without an Apple Watch
With iOS 16, anyone with an iPhone can now use the Fitness app, even if they don’t have an Apple Watch. The app has a daily Activity ring that uses the iPhone’s motion sensors to estimate how many steps a person takes and how many calories they burn each day.
Apple announced at its iPhone 14 event that its Fitness+ service will be available to iPhone users in 21 countries who don’t have an Apple Watch later this year. Fitness+ costs $9.99 a month or $79.99 for the whole year.