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iOS 16 Public Beta: New iPhone Features That We’re Obsessed With

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What’s happening

Apple previewed iOS 16, the next major version of iPhone software, at its 2022 developers conference, and now the OS has entered a public beta.

Why it matters

iOS 16 rolls out this fall to iPhone 8 models and newer. It’s filled with major updates, including the ability to customize your lock screen, and frequently requested tools such as the ability to edit and “unsend” iMessage texts. It also adds significant privacy utilities.

What’s next

iOS 16 is expected to be released in fall 2022.

Apple’s  is now available in a , which means you can try the operating system’s new features ahead of its public release in fall. Communication, personalization and privacy are the main focuses of iOS 16, which offers upgrades to your iPhone’s lock screen, Messages app and Wallet, just to name a few. 

First previewed at the company’s annual , iOS 16 should get a wide release alongside the . The new software will work on .

Here’s every iOS 16 feature you should know about.

Edit and ‘unsend’ messages

“Embarrassing typos are a thing of the past,” Apple SVP of Software Engineering Craig Federighi said as he introduced three of the most requested features for the Messages app.

First, in iOS 16 . So if you notice a typo after a message, you’ll be able to edit the message after the fact. A tiny “edited” appears in the status under the message.

A screenshot of the iOS 16 Messages app showing one that's been edited

In Messages, you can edit previously sent messages.

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Next, and this might be my favorite new feature, you can immediately recall a sent message. If you accidentally send an unfinished message, you can use the Undo Send tool to prevent it from being read and hopefully look less chaotic to your friends and family.

Last, you can mark messages and threads as unread. This could be an excellent tool for when you don’t have time to respond to a message in the moment, but want to make sure you come back to it later.

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