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iOS 16 Beta 1: 4 radical new features debuted at WWDC22

The vibrant new lock screen experience in iOS 16 Beta 1 (Image source: Apple)
The vibrant new lock screen experience in iOS 16 Beta 1 (Image source: Apple)
Apple debuted the next major version of iOS at its annual Worldwide Developer Conference, including monumental lock screen enhancements, updates to Focus Mode, breakthrough machine learning implementations, and more. Take a quick look at what’s new and learn how to enable headlining features in iOS 16 Beta 1.
Article compiled by Brahm Shank
The choices and comments made on this list belong solely to the author.

1. The lock screen reimagined

In iOS 16, users will be able to tap and hold on the lock screen to enter an editor that will allow them to personalize their iPhone by customizing fonts, photos, and widgets. Similar to Google’s Material You interface, the lock screen in iOS 16 generates wallpaper-specific color palettes for UI elements, while also utilizing portrait photographs to add nuanced depth-of-field enhancements.

Apple Watch users will likely find the new widget interface intuitive, which enables glanceable glyphs for dynamic information like weather, Apple Watch battery, and AirPods connectivity. Notifications now appear from the bottom of the screen, allowing convenient one-handed access akin to Samsung’s One UI, while a new API unleashes real-time updates for information such as food delivery, ride sharing, and sports scores. 

Users will be able to adjust typography, colors, and widgets on the lock screen in iOS 16. (Image source: Apple)
Users will be able to adjust typography, colors, and widgets on the lock screen in iOS 16. (Image source: Apple)

2. Stay focused

The next release of iOS streamlines Focus Mode configurations by offering users the ability to tie various lock screen setups to personal, work, sleep, and do not disturb modes. The tap-and-hold gesture from the Apple Watch is now available on the iPhone lock screen, unlocking instant focus mode activations with a simple tap and swipe gesture.

In the Mail app on the iPhone and iPad, focus filters will automatically hide distracting content like junk mail by automatically pinning your contacts to the top of a user’s list of unread messages.

Focus settings are leveraged in the Mail app to drown out distractions and prioritize people over junk mail. (Image source: Apple)
Focus settings are leveraged in the Mail app to drown out distractions and prioritize people over junk mail. (Image source: Apple)

3. Live Text gets even smarter

Apple originally debuted Live Text in iOS 15, allowing users to draw contextual information from photos using machine learning. This year, the feature takes a huge leap forward, adding the ability to copy, paste, look up, translate, and more from photos and videos.

Mirroring longstanding Google Lens functionality, Live Text now allows users to translate languages and convert currencies by long pressing on numerals or words in the Camera app.

Live Text gains new language translation and currency conversion functionality in iOS 16. Live Text now works on videos as well. (Image source: Apple)
Live Text gains new language translation and currency conversion functionality in iOS 16. Live Text now works on videos as well. (Image source: Apple)

4. iMessage plays catch-up

A host of iMessage improvements coming in iOS 16 will have users of other messaging platforms like Discord, Telegram, and WhatsApp saying “finally”. Shortly after sending a message, users will have the ability to quickly unsend or edit a message.

User will also be able to mark messages unread as a reminder to respond later. New controls under group chat settings include instant-access buttons for initiating a SharePlay or document collaboration session.

In iOS 16, iMessage gains one-tap access for collaboration and SharePlay sessions. (Image source: Apple)
In iOS 16, iMessage gains one-tap access for collaboration and SharePlay sessions. (Image source: Apple)
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Brahm Shank, 2022-06- 7 (Update: 2022-06- 7)