Well, Apple fans. The day has come. Apple’s new iOS 16 is being released on September 12, and with it comes a new lock screen and features you’ll want to try out. If you’re not sure where to start, we are outlining the top 5 features to check out on the new iOS.

According to Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering Craig Federighi, iOS 16 is a big release “with updates that will change the way you experience iPhone.” The changes include a new look for the Lock Screen, new ways of communication through iMessage and Mail, along with enhanced intelligence when it comes to Live Text.

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So let’s check out what’s new!

More Personalized Lock Screen Experience

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Welcome to a new, more personalized Lock Screen. The new iOS 16 screen has a “multilayered effect”, where users can change the look of the date and time using new styles and colours. Like an Apple Watch, the new screen also has widgets that make it easy to get information at a quick glance, and this can include upcoming calendar events, battery life, weather, alarms, and of course, Activity ring progress.
Additionally, according to Apple, “Live Activities is a new feature that helps users stay on top of things that are happening in real time, such as a sports game, workout, ride-share, or food delivery order, right from the Lock Screen.”

New Notifications

Maybe you love the way notifications pop up on your phone, maybe you don’t. Either way, Apple’s notifications have been redesigned! You can now expect the notifications to roll up from the bottom, ensuring that users have a clear view of their personalized Lock Screen.

Edit or recall sent iMessages

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Probably the most anticipated change in iOS is the update to iMessage, which allows users to edit or recall recently sent messages, as well as recover recently deleted messages, and mark conversations as unread so they can come back to them later. As well, SharePlay is coming to Messages, “making it possible to enjoy synced content like movies or songs and shared playback controls all while chatting in Messages.”

Focus now connects to the Lock Screen

Focus now connects to the Lock Screen, giving users a way to tie a Lock Screen wallpaper and widgets to a particular Focus. Apple says to activate a Focus, “users can simply swipe to the corresponding Lock Screen. With Focus filters, apps like Calendar, Mail, Messages, and Safari can display only the content that is relevant to a user’s Focus, helping them to find better balance.”

Smarter Live Text to translate

Apple’s Live Text recognizes text in photos, and now it also can recognize text on video. You just need to pause the video on any frame, and can interact with the text that way. This gives users the ability to translate text, or even convert currency, just by looking at an image.

Do more with Mail

Like iMessage, the new iOS 16 has an update to its emails, and now allows users to schedule or cancel the delivery of an email. Apple also says that Mail now detects if the user forgot to include an important part of their message, such as an attachment. Mail now has a “Remind Later” feature, and has improved its search capabilities.

These are just a few of the new iOS features, for a full run down check out Apple’s website.

Are you excited for the new iOS 16 features?