Cancel and edit iMessage, customize the lock screen, and more in the new iOS 16

Cancel and edit iMessage, customize the lock screen, and more in the new iOS 16

The new iOS 16, which Apple unveiled today at the start of WWDC, its annual developer event, will allow you to unsend iMessage messages or edit them after they’ve been sent. The news was announced by Craig Federighi, senior vice president of software engineering, who said these are some of Apple’s most requested features.

With editing, errors can be corrected, for example, even after the message has been sent. However, if the sender finally decides that they want to “retract” the message, they can cancel the send by pressing “Undo Send”. All examples shown by Federighi refer to iMessage, messages sent between Apple devices via a proprietary system.

There is also a third new feature, which is to mark any set of messages as unread.

Another change in the next iteration of the OS is the ability to more completely customize the lock screen and add widgets to it.

“This is the biggest lock screen redesign ever, and it reimagines how it should look,” Federighi said. Users will be able to choose different fonts, colors and formats for time and date, depth of photos, filters and styles. Each personalized lock screen can have different widgets, such as temperature, activity ring, calendar, and more – similar to what you can do with the Apple Watch screen.

“There’s a lot of room for customization, with millions of combinations,” Federighi said. The photo gallery can recommend the best photos, and there’s a new gallery of background images, including one from astronomy.


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