Apple will release iOS 16 this Monday, September 12 as a free update for iPhone 8 and later. iOS 16 includes many new features, ranging from a customizable lock screen to the ability to temporarily edit or unsend iMessages.
To install iOS 16 when the update is released, open the Settings app on your iPhone and tap General → Software Update. After updating your iPhone to iOS 16, check out our list of six useful new features to try below.
Customize the lock screen
The main new feature in iOS 16 is the ability to customize the lock screen with multi-layered wallpapers, widgets, custom fonts for date and time, and more. You can also select a set of photos to shuffle on your lock screen throughout the day.
The new lock screen gallery showcases a range of lock screen options, including a new Weather wallpaper with live weather conditions and an Astronomy wallpaper that provides views of the Earth, Moon and Solar System . iOS 16 includes support for multiple lock screen layouts, allowing you to switch between your favorites with a swipe of your finger.
Edit or unsend an iMessage
iOS 16 introduces the ability to temporarily edit or unsend iMessages, as well as mark iMessage conversations as unread after opening them.
Apple allows you to edit an iMessage for up to 15 minutes after you send it, with up to five edits allowed per message. Recipients can see a record of edits made to the message, and on devices running iOS 15 or earlier, edited messages are received as a new message that says “Edited to”. [new message].”
To edit or unsend a message, simply touch and hold a bubble and select the appropriate option from the menu that appears. iMessages that have been edited are marked as “edited” below the message bubble. SMS messages (green bubbles) cannot be edited or sent.
Use the full screen music player
iOS 16 re-introduces a full-screen music player on the lock screen with a large album art and wallpaper of the same color.
Apple last offered a full-screen music player on the lock screen in iOS 10 in 2016. If you don’t like the feature, you can tap at the bottom of the screen to minimize the music player and return to its background lock screen standard screen .
Game with Nintendo Joy-Con
iPhones get support for many additional Bluetooth game controllers in iOS 16, including the Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons and Pro Controller. iPhones running iOS 16 can be used with individual left or right Joy-Cons, or both at once as a singular controller.
This is in addition to existing iPhone support for PS5 DualSense and Xbox Series X controllers since the release of iOS 14.5 last year.
Tracking an Apple Pay Order
Apple Pay in iOS 16 introduces new order tracking information built into the Wallet app for online orders completed through Apple Pay. The tracker provides the estimated delivery date of an order and indicates when a package is ready for delivery.
Close your rings without an Apple Watch
Starting with iOS 16, the Fitness app is now available on iPhone for all users, even without an Apple Watch. The app features a daily activity ring that relies on the iPhone’s motion sensors to estimate a person’s calories burned and steps per day.
During its iPhone 14 event, Apple announced that its Fitness+ service will be available to iPhone users without Apple Watch later this year in all 21 countries where the service is available. Fitness+ is priced at $9.99 per month or $79.99 per year.