iOS 16 has been unveiled at Apple’s Worldwide Developers conference this morning, streamed live to tens of thousands around the world, as well as in front of a small and exclusive group of developers at Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino just north of San Jose.
At the event, Apple outlines all the changes they plan to introduce to Macs, iPads, Apple Watch and iPhones over the year ahead.
For iPhone users, iOS 16 will be available later in the year, around the same time as the next new iPhone, but it will be compatible back to devices like the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8.
Some of the ways your iPhone will change include the ability to edit messages you send – after they’ve sent.
So when you see a typo, tap the message and choose edit. The message will change on your phone, and on the recipients.
Regret sending that message? No worries, if it’s a recent send, you can choose “Undo Send” and the message disappears.
We don’t know yet how new a message needs to be, but we’re pretty sure the recipients will also need to have the latest Apple iOS version, and it won’t work with text messages (Green bubbles) sent to other brand devices.
As we continue to use video conferencing and video calling, Apple is looking to give every Mac computer owner a whole new way to improve their webcam quality, by pairing your iPhone as the camera for your Mac computer.
This increased the quality, but also allows for enhanced new features such as a top down camera view not possible without the ultra-wide lens of an iPhone and the processing power of both the iPhone and the Mac.
Apple is also dramatically updating the Lock Screen on iPhones, from the plain image with the time on it, to a customisable view including advanced photos, choices of fonts for the time and the addition of widgets showing more information all the time on your lock screen.
For families, Family Sharing is enhanced with new permission controls, allowing you to easily manage your kids access, and also putting requests from kids into messages instead of buried deep in the settings.
Families can also share their photo libraries across family members using iCloud Photo sharing.
It’s a glimpse into how Apple devices will change – even if you aren’t buying a new one any time soon.
We’ll have more news from Apple’s WWDC during the day.
Trevor Long travelled to Cupertino as a guest of Apple.