(NEXSTAR) – That nasty feeling of hitting send on an iPhone message with an embarrassing typo or overzealous autocorrect will soon be a thing of the past, thanks to Editable Messages in Apple. next iOS 16 update.
Although the rollout isn’t expected until the fall, you can play around with the new feature – and several others – now, by signing up for the Apple Beta software program.
You can play with the latest features before everyone else has them, and Apple developers benefit from early feedback.
Anyone with a valid Apple ID who agrees to the Program Agreement can participate, but there are a few things you should know before signing up. Apple warns that since the software has not yet been released, it may contain errors or inaccuracies. You should back up your iPhone or other Apple device if possible before installing the software.
“Install beta software only on non-production devices that are not business critical,” Apple advises. “We strongly recommend installing to a secondary system or device, or to a secondary partition on your Mac.”
The program and software are free, but the program is considered confidential, so you won’t be able to tweet screenshots of your latest iOS 16 discovery.
Once you sign up and start playing with iOS 16 on the iPhone, there are a number of notable developments, but one of the biggest crowd favorites may change the way we send messages.
iOS 16 public beta lets you edit messages. After correcting this unfortunate auto-correction of the message, the other person will see a small “edited” note appear below the message.
You’ll also be able to “unsend” messages, preventing friends and family from judging the trash fire of a text you accidentally sent before cleaning up.
New lock screen options
Apple is offering new ways to customize your lock screen – no small feature considering how much we all look at our phones during the day.
New font styles, widget display and the ability to showcase your favorite photos with different color filters will be available. Using widgets, you can now see weather, calendar events, activity ringtones and more without having to open your phone.
Live activities will also allow you to view the score of a sports match or the progress of a food delivery in real time on the lock screen.
Tap and drag using Visual Lookup
This iOS 16 breakthrough lets you do with one finger what could have taken hours of YouTube tutorials and Photoshop experimentation to master.
While iOS 15 provided Visual Look Up to automatically recognize and give additional information about pets, plants and landmarks, for example, the touch and drag feature lets you separate any of these subjects of the background of the photo.
By long-pressing a photo, you can remove the subject from the background and use it in another app, such as Messages.
Now you can pay later
iOS 16 will let you create your own payment plan when you choose the “pay later” option, allowing you to split the cost of an Apple Pay purchase into four payments over six weeks. The feature comes with no interest or fees.
As for the Apple Wallet, you will also be able to store your ID. For those who don’t want to announce their birthday, the ID will give the option to confirm whether someone is over 21 or not without revealing an exact age.
Another wallet feature allows users to share keys with friends or relatives.