Apple seeded the seventh beta of the impending iOS 16 upgrade to developers today for testing A week after releasing the sixth developer beta.
The iOS 16 profile is available for download from the Apple Developer Center for registered developers, and once installed, the beta will be delivered wirelessly.
With the release of iOS 16, the Lock Screen has been updated and now enables a higher level of personalization and customization through widgets, redesigned notifications, and customizable fonts and colors. Similar to watch faces, multiple Lock Screens are supported and can be connected to focus modes.
Focus is simpler to set up and more adjustable than before, and Focus filters are available to remove distracting items from apps. The Messages app now has options for modifying iMessages, sending them again after being sent, and marking them as unread. It also enables SharePlay, which is similar to FaceTime.
The expanded search capabilities of the Mail app come with functions like undo send, schedule send, and follow up, which let you set a reminder to check in on an email if you haven’t heard back. Apple is trying to replace passwords with Passkeys, a more biometrically secure method of logging into accounts, and Safari allows shared tab groups.
Users can more quickly exchange images with family members via iCloud Photo Library, and video can feature Live Text. In Visual Lookup, there is a useful new tool for quickly removing the topic from a background.
The Home app has been completely redesigned with a new style, Maps now enables multi-stop routing, Apple Pay Later allows you to split up purchase payments, and dictation has been improved. In addition to reintroducing the battery level to the status bar on iPhones with notches, iOS 16’s fifth beta also featured new noises for finding an iPhone via Find My or the Apple Watch.
A complete list of all the other new features in iOS 16 is available in our dedicated roundup, along with a tone more.