Another year brings with it more Apple updates and products to obsess over and debate about, all while solidifying their bid for global dominance. Today at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference 2022, several announcements have been made and teased regarding iOS 16, which will feature some highly anticipated technologies and tweaks that are sure to be a bit controversial. Here’s a breakdown of all the exciting news from WWDC 2022.
The “edit text messages” option could be a slippery slope. A useful tool called “Visual Look Up” expands the ability to find text in photos that has been introduced as part of iOS 15. Now it will be possible to search and translate the text of an image in different languages and perform currency conversions, which seems really convenient.
A new feature that has raised eyebrows online is the ability to “edit or recall recently sent messages”, which at first glance seems to open a whole Pandora’s box of gaslighting and misunderstandings. According to a crucial footnote in Apple’s press release, “Users can edit or recall a message up to 15 minutes after sending it, or retrieve recently deleted messages up to 30 days after deletion”. From the short video demo in the press release, it’s not clear if the person you’re texting will be notified that you unsent or edited a message.
Lock your phone in style. A remarkable aesthetic update for iOS 16 comes in the form of a revamped lock screen, which offers more font and color choices to the user, and creates a pop-up effect where your lock image has an impression. depth with respect to time, date, and new Apple Watch-inspired widgets that can be installed.
Users can also create several different lock screens which can be switched between them for different purposes. The weather and astronomy lock screen wallpapers also add a bit of vibrancy and are sure to appeal to the nature-conscious person who likes to stare at their phone. There’s also an extension to the “Focus” option, where filters let you limit what apps like Calendar, Messages, and Safari show you based on the focus you switch to. The four shown in the PR blast are Do Not Disturb, Personal, Work, and Sleep, but custom focuses can also be created.
The new lock screen will also feature “Live Activities”, so you can get updates on your workout stats, where your Uber is, when your Thai food arrives, how many three points that Steph Curry hit against your favorite team, etc. .
Apple takes on Klarna and others with Apple Pay Later. In a move that should come as no surprise, Apple is throwing its hat to the deferred payment plan industry. The upcoming iOS 16 will include Apple Pay Later, the tech giant’s answer to Klarna, Afterpay and Affirm,
During the pandemic, The use of “buy now, pay later” has explodedup more than 200% between the first two months of 2020 and the first two months of 2021. But there is a potential risk factor associated with the growth of deferred payment plans. A survey conducted by Lending Tree published in April 2021 said that of 1,040 respondents, “Two out of three buyers who used ‘buy now, pay later’ financing said it caused them to spend more than they would have other.”
Other notable changes include a feature in the Health app where you can manage and track medication usage, a sports-centric update for Apple News, and the creation of the iCloud Shared Photo Library for up to to six people. A new feature called Safety Check allows a user to quickly revoke access to shared information (i.e. iCloud and location data) from an abusive partner. Security Control gives users the ability to disable messaging from any device in addition to the physical phone itself.
The iOS 16 update is only available for iPhone 8 or laterwhich means the elite contingent of people who have kept an iPhone intact since 2015 or 2016 will need an upgrade for these feature tweaks.