Apple iOS 16 Personalized Lock Screen, upgrades to Messages, and more

Apple has unveiled iOS 16 - the latest operating system for iPhone and the successor to iOS 15. It's a new release that brings improvements to many apps, from a redesigned Home app for your smart appliances to better privacy features, and a big focus on the lock screen, with new fonts, colors and themes to choose from.

The features of iOS 16 gives the most attention is the lock screen. Apple made it more customizable and made important information more accessible. Widgets displaying information like the weather, calendar, and fitness data can now appear when the phone wakes up without requiring users to swipe to the widget menu.

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Additionally, new personalization options include dynamic wallpapers and optional fonts for displaying the date and time. The new lock screen can have more than one custom configuration for different parts of users' lives, like work and personal. Those new notifications will continually update to show the status of live events like sports matches or deliveries.

Apple brings some useful new features to Messages and Mail as well. The Messages app has edit and undo functions, and users can recover recently deleted messages. Upgrades to Visual Look Up let users cut objects out of photos to paste into Messages and other apps. The Mail app will add email scheduling, reminders, and an improved search engine.

Another new feature lets groups of users share photos over iCloud. With iCloud Shared Photo Library, one user can establish a shared iCloud folder to which up to five others can contribute. The camera can automatically share pictures with this library, and iOS 16 can automatically suggest which photos to add.

Apple's iOS 16 brings many more enhancements to Safari, Apple Maps, Dictation, Siri, the Home app, fitness, Apple News, and more. It will support iPhone 8 and newer, cutting off the iPhone 6s, 7, the first-generation SE, and the 7th generation iPod Touch. The public beta begins in July, with general availability coming later this year.

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