11 new iPhone features you should be using if you haven’t already

This story is part of Hotspot iPhone 2023CNET’s collection of news, tips, and advice on Apple’s most popular products.

The Apple iPhone software just keeps getting better. with iOS 16.3first released in January, Apple added a number of small but important updates to the iOS 16 iPhone software, including Security keys for iCloud And new wallpaper options. smaller iOS 16.3.1 update Inebruary after that it threw in some bug fixes and security updates as well. And now, issuance iOS 16.4 And for him New emoji Just around the corner.

All of these updates keep adding to Apple iOS 16which first launched in September to anyone with a domain iPhone compatible. Installing the operating system software on your iPhone gives you new features and settings, such as More Customizable lock screena way to Edit sent messages and a Magic photo editing tool. In addition, iOS 16 re-releases Battery percentage symbol.

iOS 16 was announced last spring at Apple’s WWDC conference before it was released to the public along with iPhone 14. If you’re curious about what else iOS 16 has to offer, read on as we break down the 11 best new features on your iPhone. Just make sure you have already completed it These three steps firstand check out Lesser-known features lurking in iOS 16 also.

The ability to edit and cancel messages

“Embarrassing typos are a thing of the past,” Craigederighi, Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering, said at WWDC while introducing three of the Messages app’s most requested features.

First, in iOS 16 You will be able to edit sent messages. So if you notice a misspelling after the message, you’ll be able to edit the message after the fact. A small “Modified” sign appears in the status below the message.

In Messages, you can edit previously sent messages.


Then, and this might be my new favorite feature, you can right away He remembers message sent. If you accidentally send an incomplete message, you can use the undo send tool to prevent it from being read and hopefully to make it look less messy to your friends and family.

Finally, you can mark messages and topics as unread. This can be an excellent tool when you don’t have time to reply to a message right now, but want to make sure you come back to it later.

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New customizable lock screen

One of the things you look at most on your iPhone is the lock screen, especially if you have an iPhone withace ID. iOS 16 brings even more Big update for the iPhone lock screen Until now. Press and hold Edit your lock screen. You can scroll to try several different styles. Each style filter changes the colors of the background image and the font on the lock screen so that everything complements each other. This is a bit like Apple’s take on Google’s Material You, which launched with Android 12.

You can also customize fonts for the time and date, and add lock screen widgets like temperature, activity rings, and a calendar. Widgets are like the complication on the Apple Watch lock screen.

Your iPhone will become much more customizable in iOS 16. You’ll be able to choose the look of the lock screen, right down to the font and color.


You can also set up multiple custom lock screens with different widgets and easily swipe to switch between them. There is also a photo swap option that changes the photos on the lock screen automatically.

One A feature we were hoping to see Apple add It was an ever-present. It’s something that almost all Android phones have; Even the Apple Watch does. Well, with the new one iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Maxthe The always-on display has finally arrived.

Screenshot of the Live Activities widget at the bottom of the lock screen

iOS 16 adds a feature that developers can use called Live Activities. This is basically a real-time progress thumbnail for a workout, sporting event, or Uber ride from your iPhone’s lock screen.


Notifications and live activities

Sometimes notifications can cover your lock screen image, so iOS 16 moves notifications to the bottom of the screen. When you pick them up, instead of being grouped into a list, they appear like a vertical rotating circle. Not only does this look better, but it should also be a huge help for one-handed use of your iPhone.

iOS 16 also aims to solve another notification issue. Sometimes, you receive a bunch of notifications in a row from one app, like the score of a basketball game. A new tool for developers called Live Activities makes it easier to stay on top of things happening in real time from the lock screen, rather than receiving a series of interruptions.

Live Activities should make it easy to keep track of sporting events, workouts, or even the progress of an Uber ride.

Skip captcha using special access tokens

CAPTCHA – which means Fully automated Turing general test to tell computers and humans apart – was a necessary evil online. CAPTCHA tests are designed to ensure that a person accesses a website or service, not a bot. I find them annoying, because they often involve reading weirdly written messages or having to find all the pictures that contain a truck. With iOS 16, Apple plans to start replacing these awkward interactions with private access tokens.

According to the video on Apple website showing private access codesToken-enabled websites will essentially log you in and authenticate that you’re actually a human without having to play any of the usual captcha games. Apple says in the video that the company is working with other companies to provide support for the feature, so we can’t say that captcha testing will be dead after iOS 16 is released to the public. But the concept could provide some relief if it is adopted.

Wallet and Apple Pay later

IDs from more states will be available in your Wallet app along with more security and privacy features. In iOS 16, you can also protect your identity and age. So instead of showing your exact date of birth, the Wallet app will show who you are and that you’re over 21.

iOS 16 makes it easier to share keys with apps like Mail and Messages. When your friend receives the key, they can add it to the Wallet app on their iPhone. Apple said it is working to ensure shared keys are an industry standard and free to others.

Screenshot of Cards in the Wallet app for iOS 16

The Wallet app in iOS 16 is getting a handful of small but noticeable updates, including the Apple Pay Later payment plan.


Apple Pay will support new types of payments and add a new feature called Apple Pay at a later timea Klarna-like service It lets you split the cost of an Apple Pay purchase into four equal payments spread over six weeks, with no interest and no fees. Upcoming payments are managed through the Wallet app, making it easy to track dates and payments.

But Apple Pay doesn’t stop there. A new feature will also help you track Apple Pay orders and let merchants hand over detailed receipts and tracking information. This should make it easy to stay up to date on the status of all your orders.

Screenshot of a thread in Messages where a dog clip is added

You can tap and hold on the subject of the photo and separate it from the background. Then you can drag it to another app like Messages to share it.


Visual Look Up Click and drag the images

In iOS 15, Visual Look Up analyzes your photos and can recognize things like plants, landmarks, and pets. iOS 16 takes this to the next level. When you touch the subject of a photo like the dog in the photo above, you can lift it off the background and add it to apps like Messages. Basically it is a file Tap and hold tool that removes the background of the image.

Sometimes Apple overuses the word “magic”, but this feature really feels like it.

Craigederighi presents SharePlay in Messages in front of a giant screen

During the keynote at WWDC, Apple CEO Craigederighi introduced SharePlay for the messaging app.


SharePlay comes to Messages

SharePlay, which debuted in iOS 15, allows you to have a shared experience while calling someone viaaceTime. You can watch TV shows, listen to synced music, and other things. iOS 16 adds the ability to discover more apps that support iOS SharePlay from withinaceTime.

But perhaps one of the coolest things Apple has done for SharePlay is to make it work inside the Messages app. Apple said this was one of the biggest requests from app developers. Now when you want to share a movie on Disney Plus, you can start SharePlay with a friend while chatting in the Messages app.

An Apple executive introduces a safety check during the WWDC keynote

Security Checkup allows you to quickly reset location sharing and access passwords. It is intended to be helpful to people in abusive relationships.


Safety Check aims to help people in abusive relationships

Security check is a new feature intended to be useful to people in abusive relationships. It lets you review and reset who has access to location information as well as passwords, messages, and other apps on your iPhone.

Focus mode updates and focus filters

Focus mode gets several updates. The first applies focus behaviors to widgets and the appearance of the lock screen. So you can set one lock screen when Workocus is enabled and another for workouts.

Apple has added specific focus filters that apply focus mode to the iPhone within apps. or example, in Safari, you can decide which tabs appear based on which focus mode is activated.

Apple Maps adds transit fare cards

Maps are getting many updates. You will be able to plan trips with up to 15 different stops along the way. If you start planning a trip using the Maps app on your Mac, you’ll be able to share that with your iPhone.

And, in something similar to what Google announced for Google Wallet in Android 13, you’ll be able to see fare estimates as well as add more money to your fare card from within Apple Maps.

Craigederighi shows off the new Quick Start feature during the WWDC keynote

In iOS 16, you’ll be able to customize Quick Start with child iCloud parental controls and settings.


iCloudamily Checklist

iCloud gets many new features. One of the most interesting is the option to quickly set up a new device for your child. When Quick Start appears, you have the option to choose a user for the new device and use all of the existing parental controls that you previously selected and configured. However, that’s not what many of us still want: the ability to set up separate users for the same device.

There’s a new family checklist with tips for updating settings for your kids as they get older, like a reminder to check your location sharing settings or share your iCloud Plus subscriptions.

For more information, check out Everything announced by Apple In the “elusive” event on September 7th. In addition, here How to download iOS 16.