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If you have an iPhone 8 or later, you’ve probably already updated to iOS 16. The latest operating system introduces some cool new features, such as the ability to customize your lock screen and undo or change texts.
We’ve rounded up five standout iOS 16 features for you to check out.
1. Customizable lock screen
The lock screen features a new depth perception tool where the clock appears to be behind objects in the wallpaper. But by far the most popular change is setting up multiple lock screens or using multiple photos.
When creating a lock screen (you can now press and hold the lock screen to go directly to settings), you can select multiple images to use. Then you have the option to set how often they change. It can be every hour, once a day, when you tap the screen, or every time you wake up your iPhone.
It’s a great way to keep things fresh and eliminate the hard choice of finding the perfect image that matches your personality. It also allows you to easily change wallpapers. For example, you can set a wallpaper when you are at work and another for the weekend.
Here are some other changes to the lock screen:
- During the wallpaper creation process, you can change the font color and size.
- Customizable widgets let you see calendar events, weather, battery levels, alarms, and time zones without having to unlock your phone.
- You connect your Focus to your lock screen and use filters to block out distractions like messages, emails, and other notifications.
You can customize existing lock screens or create new ones. Here’s how:
- Press and hold the lock screen.
- Faucet Personalize to work on the displayed screen or more icon to create a new one.
- Choose from different wallpapers, photos, colors and widgets.
2. A new way to see notifications
If you have a cool lock screen photo, you don’t want it blocked by notification banners. In iOS 16, you can now view notifications in three ways, and they all only appear at the bottom of the screen.
- Listing View is the traditional option where notifications appear on your screen one below the other.
- Stack view group notifications together, letting you scroll through previews like a Rolodex.
- Count The view only shows the number of notifications, and when tapped, it expands to show an overview.
You can pinch the list of notifications on the lock screen at any time to change the layout on the fly.
Go to Settings > Notifications and choose a notification style under the Show as section.
3. Keep track of medications
This is a handy new feature in the Health app. After setting up your health data, you can add any medications you are currently taking to schedule and track dosages. You can create a list to track the medications, vitamins and supplements you take
The app requires access to your camera and then scans the medicine packaging. Unfortunately, not all drugs are currently listed, but there is an option to search for them manually or search for the active ingredient.
Once configured, the Medications tab is available in the Health app. It shows a timeline at the top and a list of medications you need to take that day.
Apple says, “Taking certain medications together can make them less effective or cause side effects. To help you, when you add a new drug, you receive a critical interaction alert. You can review critical, serious, and moderate interactions in the Health app. »
Here’s how to track your medications:
- Open the Health app and press Browse at the bottom right of your screen.
- Select Medications then touch Add medication.
- To identify the drug, do one of the following:
- Tap the text field, enter the name, then tap To add.
- Press the camera icon next to the text field and follow the on-screen instructions.
- Follow the on-screen instructions to create a personalized medication visual and to set a schedule.
4. Security with password
Apple is trying to make passwords a thing of the past with a new way to log in to apps, services, and platforms. Registering and using a password is quick and easy with one-step account creation and login using Face ID or Touch ID.
Access keys replace passwords with cryptographic key pairs, making it harder for cybercriminals to break into your online accounts. Passkeys are end-to-end encrypted, more secure than 2FA, never stored on a web server, and they stay on your device.
iCloud Keychain must be enabled and two-factor authentication enabled to use passkeys.
Depending on the website, browser, or app you’re using, saving a passcode on your iPhone and iCloud Keychain typically involves these steps:
- For a new account: Enter an account name on the registration screen.
- For an existing account: Log in with your password, then go to the account management screen.
- When you see the option to save a password for the account, tap Continue.
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5. Edit and cancel messages
Have you ever made a mistake while texting and wished you could take it back? Well, now you can!
iOS 16 adds the ability to unsend and edit messages, but the feature only works between two iPhones running iOS 16. And whether you’re resuming or editing a text, the recipient will receive a notification that you’ve taken measurements.
Here’s how to unsend a message:
- During an iMessage conversation, Press and hold the message you want to cancel.
- Faucet Cancel send.
Here’s how to edit a sent message:
- During an iMessage conversation, Press and hold the message you want to edit.
- Faucet Edit and make your changes.
- Press the blue tick once you have finished.
Tap or click here for more details on how editing and undoing work.
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