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Apple's iOS 16 is unveiled featuring redesigned lock screen

Apple announced iOS 16 at its reveal event on Monday, featuring a redesigned lock screen and the ability to unsend messages.

iOS 16 includes “the biggest update ever” to the lock screen, making it easier to change background photos on the lock screen and the color and design of display fonts.

Users can customize the lock screen by holding down to display a selection of widgets, each with a different photo, and swiping to the one they like.

Apple also announced Apple Pay Later, which splits payments into four installments over six weeks with no interest.

The new software update was announced by Apple software chief Craig Federighi at Monday’s Worldwide Developer Conference.

After beta testing over the summer, iOS will be released this fall, around the time iPhone 14 is expected to be released.

Apple Software Chief Craig Federighi Introduces iOS 16 at Worldwide Developer Conference on Monday

Apple Software Chief Craig Federighi Introduces iOS 16 at Worldwide Developer Conference on Monday

iOS 16: KEY FEATURES

– Personalized lock screen

– Ability to edit and delete messages in the Messages app

– Schedule emails

– Live text updated with video

– Apple Pay Later

– Next generation CarPlay

Personalized lock screen

Federighi said iOS is the “biggest lockscreen update ever, completely rethinking how it works.”

“iOS 16 is a major release with updates that will change the way you experience iPhone,” he said.

“We’ve reinvented how the lock screen looks and works with exciting new features that make it more personal and useful.”

With the new lockscreen, notifications have been moved to the bottom of the screen, meaning they no longer occupy the entire screen.

They also now enter from the bottom of the lock screen, and iPhone users can choose to hide them and view them later.

Information displayed on the lockscreen, such as time and date, also appears behind the subject in a photo rather than in front of it – meaning display information won’t obscure your family member’s beloved lockscreen photo.

Apple says, “Subjects of photos are artfully placed on the lock screen ahead of time, creating a sense of depth.

“Users can also change the appearance of the date and time with expressive text styles and color choices.”

A new lockscreen gallery also offers a range of wallpaper options, such as a Pride-themed rainbow background.

Users can customize the lock screen by holding down to open a selection of widgets, each with a different photo, and swiping on the one they like.  This includes a selection of wallpapers including a Pride themed rainbow background

Users can customize the lock screen by holding down to open a selection of widgets, each with a different photo, and swiping on the one they like.  This includes a selection of wallpapers including a Pride themed rainbow background

Users can customize the lock screen by holding down to open a selection of widgets, each with a different photo, and swiping on the one they like. This includes a selection of wallpapers including a Pride themed rainbow background

Notifications come in from the bottom of the lock screen and iPhone users can choose to hide them and see them later

Notifications come in from the bottom of the lock screen and iPhone users can choose to hide them and see them later

Notifications come in from the bottom of the lock screen and iPhone users can choose to hide them and see them later

Ben Wood, chief analyst at CCS Insight, said, “Many of Apple’s Lock Screen updates close the gap with capabilities already available on Android.

But they will be widely welcomed by iPhone owners who are overloaded with notifications and want more information at a glance.

“The Lock Screen tools Apple unveiled to developers will lead to a flood of app-related widgets over the next 12 months.”

Editing and undoing messages

iOS 16 also includes three changes to the Messages app.

Users can edit typos in sent messages, retrieve accidentally sent messages, and mark a message thread as unread to come back to later.

Users can edit typos in sent messages, retrieve accidentally sent messages, and mark a message thread as unread to come back to it later

Users can edit typos in sent messages, retrieve accidentally sent messages, and mark a message thread as unread to come back to it later

Users can edit typos in sent messages, retrieve accidentally sent messages, and mark a message thread as unread to come back to it later

“Apple is committed to ensuring iMessage remains competitive with WhatsApp and other messaging apps,” Wood said.

“The addition of ‘edit’ and ‘undo send’ underlines this and will be welcome additions.”

Apple Pay Later

Rumors that the company would release Apple Pay Later date back to last year, though Apple declined to confirm that at the time.

Apple also announced Apple Pay Later, which splits payments into four installments over six weeks with no interest

Apple also announced Apple Pay Later, which splits payments into four installments over six weeks with no interest

Apple also announced Apple Pay Later, which splits payments into four installments over six weeks with no interest

Apple Pay Later is similar to ‘buy now, pay later’ (BNPL) providers such as Clearpay, Afterpay, Laybuy, Affirm and Klarna.

BNPL helps increase sales by easing the financial burden of particularly expensive online purchases.

But critics have suggested that it just puts users in debt and encourages them to buy products they can’t really afford.

This year’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) will be held in person for the first time in three years.

Since 2020, the Covid pandemic has turned WWDC into an online event, streamed exclusively by people around the world remotely.

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In 2012, Apple caused massive hysteria among iPhone owners when it switched the original 30-pin charging port to the current Lightning port.

Now a reliable leaker is claiming that Apple may be preparing to change the charging point for a second time.

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims Apple will finally ditch the Lightning port for USB-C in its 2023 iPhone, reportedly the iPhone 15.

The leak comes shortly after the EU unveiled plans to force all new smartphones – including iPhones – to use USB-C as standard.

Apple has previously resisted calls to switch to USB-C, amid claims it would produce an “unprecedented amount of electronic waste” and stifle innovation.

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