Apple has released Beta 4 of iOS 16 for developers, with the new version bringing a variety of changes to core iOS apps and features. Highlights include some tweaks to new features in Messages that let you edit and retract text, new wallpapers in the Home app, and updates to some of the new Mail and Notifications features.
The beta is now in the hands of the developers, which means the changes will soon make their way into the iOS 16 public beta.
Here are all the changes in iOS 16 beta 4.
Updates to edit and undo sent messages
One feature that a lot of people seem to be excited about is the changes in iOS 16 Messages – specifically the ability to edit text messages and cancel messages. Other platforms like Signal and Telegram let you edit, which helps you avoid the embarrassment of typos, so it’s good to see iMessage catching up.
iOS 16 beta 4 introduces some changes to these two features. People can now tap the Edited label to see the original unedited message. Senders can only edit their message five times before the option disappears. As for not sending, Apple has introduced a 2 minute limit; You used to have 15 minutes to get a text, the same text editing window.
Live Activities API
One of the iOS 16 lock screen upgrades is Live Activity, basically app notifications that can be updated in real-time, like timers and sports scores. Apple has opened up access to ActivityKit for developers, which means they can now ensure their apps support Live Activity when the feature goes live later this year after iOS 16’s initial release in the fall.
Among the other lock screen updates in iOS 16, notifications are said to be visually overhauled. Notifications are moved to the bottom of the lock screen, although you can customize the look of these notifications by choosing from List, Stack, and Count. In iOS 16 beta 4, the Settings app section where you choose how your notifications look now offers a handy visual cue.
I can see the number of notifications option being useful if you like a minimal lock screen, with stack being the next best option. The list shows how iOS lock screen notifications work now for reference.
The media player has also received some bold upgrades to make it appear more on the lock screen.
Home Screen Customization UI
One of the big changes in iOS 16 is the ability to customize your iPhone’s lock screen, add widgets, and change the font and color of the time and date. Starting with iOS 16 beta, the home screen also inherits many of these UI customization features. You can now choose colors, gradients, photos, etc. to make your home screen more personal to you.
undo send mail
iOS 16 Mail gets an Unsend feature that gave you 10 seconds to retrieve sent emails in previous betas. With Beta 4 you can set a different time window – between 10 and 30 seconds. You can also disable the feature.
If you’ve used Gmail, you know how useful undo sending can be in email, just like in iMessages.
New Home wallpapers
This one is easy. Home now has a few new background options, like wildflowers and architecture. These will exist alongside the regular background images.
New CarPlay wallpapers
iOS 16.0 Beta 4 (20A5328h) changes 🧵: New CarPlay wallpaper options: pic.twitter.com/O2za3yu6VtJuly 27, 2022
Again, this is a simple change. CarPlay also got some new wallpapers. CarPlay can now use a static version of your iPhone’s wallpaper or work with colored, blue, and gray options.
Outlook for iOS 16 beta 4
iOS 16 is shaping up to be a major overhaul of Apple’s mobile operating system. From the lock screen to updates to messages, this update has already wowed us. In fact, those of us running the beta are having trouble going back to iOS 15.
We’ve already broken down how to install the iOS 16 public beta. Check this out if you want to try it on your device. As usual with beta software, we do not recommend running this on your daily driver as there could be serious bugs or problems.
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