iOS 16 For The iPhone Debuts at WWDC 2022

This story is part of WWDC 2022, CNET’s complete coverage from and about Apple’s annual developers conference.

iOS 16, the next major version of iPhone software, made its debut at WWDC 2022, Apple’s annual developer conference. The software, packed with new intelligence features, updates and customizations. Apple added handy tools for editing and recalling sent messages, a new customizable lock screen with Apple Watch-like widgets. iOS 16 will likely be released this September alongside the heavily rumored iPhone 14.

Apple’s announcement for iOS 16 took place outdoors on the lawn at Apple Park, the company’s headquarters in Cupertino. The iOS 16 preview comes on the heels of the release of iOS 15.5 which included updates to Apple Cash, Photos Memories and the Podcasts app. Apple also recently launched a developer’s beta for iOS 15.6 which at this time lacks any major features and seems mainly aimed at fixing bugs.

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iOS 16 also comes just weeks before the 15th anniversary for when the original iPhone’s went on sale. A developer’s beta version of iOS 16 should be available soon with a likely public beta version being released this summer.

A screenshot of the iOS 16 Messages app

In Messages you can edit previously sent messages.


iOS 16 lets you edit and unsend messages

“Embarrassing typos are a thing of the past,” said Apple’s SVP of software engineering Craig Federighi. One of the handiest iOS 16 features shown off is the ability to edit sent messages. 

Another significant update is the ability to recall messages you didn’t mean to send.

Your iPhone will become a lot more customizable in iOS 16. You can know choose how your lock screen looks down to the font and color.


Your iPhone gets a new customizable lock screen

Your lock screen gets a major update. Press and hold to edit your lock screen. An editor lets you change the color and style of lock screen elements. You can customize the fonts of the time and date. You can also add lock screen widgets like temperature, activity rings and a calendar widget.

iOS 16 also lets you setup multiple lock screens with different widgets. There’s even a photo shuffle option to have the pictures on you lock screen automatically change.

Notifications and live activities

Notifications are moved to the bottom of the screen. With live activities, you can have sporting events or following an Uber ride update in real time.

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