Best New Features in Apple iOS 16 Mobile Software Including Editing Texts

Apple’s new software iOS 16 was released on September 13, and with it came its long-awaited new feature: the ability to cancel sending and modify the texts. The feature was announced in June, with a company executive calling it “one of the most requested features for messages”.

Users can now edit a message up to 15 minutes after sending it and can unsend a message up to two minutes after sending it. Users can also make up to five edits to a message, but recipients will be able to see the original text and all edits.

It turns out, however, that the new messaging feature is among many other exciting new features and updates that iOS 16 brings. Ahead, we recap some of the highlights. Also note that the software update is free to download and available for iPhone 8 and above, although some features require newer phone models.

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Read texts can be marked as unread

If you are someone who uses unread messages as a to-do list, this new Messages feature is for you: even after reading a text, you can mark it as unread so you can come back to it later. Just hold down on the text and a few options will show up, including “Mark as unread”.

Maps will show you hop-on hop-off routes

iOS 16 Maps now allows you to add multiple stops to a route.

Phone battery percentage can be seen

If you’ve ever been frustrated that you couldn’t see on your home screen exactly how much phone battery you had left, you’ll be pleased to know that iOS 16 now lets you see it. Unfortunately, the feature is not available on iPhone XR, iPhone 11, iPhone 12 mini, and iPhone 13 mini. To enable battery percentage display, go to Settings, then Battery.

Subjects can be isolated from images

Visual Look Up will now have a new feature that will allow users to press and hold the subject of an image to remove it from the background and place it in apps like Messages.

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Lock screens can be more personalized

Inspired by the Apple Watch, the new lock screen on iOS 16 can be completely personalized. In addition to choosing your lock screen photo, you will now also be able to choose typography, colors and filters. You’ll also be able to add widgets to your phone screen, like your calendar, Apple Watch activity ring, world clocks, weather, and battery indicators for devices like your AirPods. If that’s not enough, you will be able to have more than one lock screen, which you can switch between.

Focus will now also be connected to the lock screen, giving users a way to tie a lock screen wallpaper and widget to a particular focus. To activate a focus, users can simply swipe to the corresponding lock screen.

Live text works on video

Live Text uses intelligence to let you search for text in your images, and with the update, you’ll also be able to search for text in videos. Users can pause a video on any frame and interact with its text. Live Text also adds the ability for users to quickly convert currencies, translate text and more.

Mail allows scheduled emails

Working weekends but don’t want an email sent until Monday morning? Users will now be able to schedule emails in advance and even have a moment to undeliver a message before it reaches a recipient’s inbox.

Like in Gmail, iOS 16 will also detect if you forgot to include an important part of their message, like an attachment.

Families can more easily share photos

The new iCloud Shared Photo Library feature will allow families to easily share photos with a separate iCloud library that up to six users can contribute to. Each user of the shared photo library can add, delete, modify or favorite shared photos or videos.

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