Tech giant Apple revealed a ton of interesting news at the World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC). The company gave people a glimpse of the much-awaited macOS Ventura, the new MacBook Air, and the M2 Chip. Most importantly, Apple shared what updates users can expect with iOS 16.
Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering, said, “iOS 16 is a big release with updates that will change the way you experience iPhone. We have reimagined how the Lock Screen looks and works with exciting new features that make it more personal and helpful.” Read on to know more about the updates made to iOS 16.
Personalized Lock Screen
With the new update, Apple has completely revamped its Lock Screen interface. The display now appears multi-layered, with subjects of photos very artfully set in front of the time, creating an illusion of depth. Users can also change the time and date’s color and font, and add new widgets for activity rings, weather, calendar events, and more. Notifications have also been given a redesign, so they roll up from the bottom, thus ensuring users have a clear view of their Lock Screen.
More Powerful Focus
Focus is now easier to set up and is a lot more powerful as well. It connects to the Lock Screen directly, giving users a way to tie widgets and a wallpaper to a particular Focus. Users need to swipe to the corresponding lock screen to activate a Focus. With Focus filters, only apps that are relevant to a user’s Focus will appear.
iCloud Shared Photo Library
iCloud Shared Photo Library gives people a new way to share priceless memories with their families. With the new update, Apple is offering families a separate iCloud Library that up to a total of six people can access and contribute to. Users can share existing photos from their current libraries or share photos based on a certain start date. Users can also send photos directly from the Camera app to the Shared Library using a new toggle feature. Every user who is part of a Shared Photo Library will be able to delete, add, or edit photos and videos.
Ability to Edit/Recall Messages
Users will now be able to recall recently sent messages, mark conversations as unread so they can come back to them at a later time, or recover recently deleted messages. In addition, SharePlay will also be coming to Messages, making it possible for users to enjoy synced content like songs or movies while sending messages.