The new iOS 16, introduced by Apple today at the start of the annual event for developers, WWDC, will allow you to cancel or edit an iMessage message after it has been sent. The news was announced by Craig Federighi, senior vice president of software engineering, who said it was one of the most requested features from Apple.
With editing, it will be possible to correct errors, for example, even after sending a message. But if the sender decides to “recall” the message, it is possible to cancel the send by pressing “Undo Send”. All the examples shown by Federighi refer to iMessages, messages sent through proprietary systems between Apple devices.
There is also a third new feature, which is to mark any group of messages as unread.
Another change in the next version of the operating system is the possibility to more fully customize the lock screen and add widgets to it.
“This is by far the biggest redesign of the locked screen, which redesigns what it looks like,” Federighi said. The user will be able to choose different fonts, colors and formats, depth of photographs, filters and styles for the time and day. Each personalized lock screen can have different widgets such as temperature, activity ring, calendar and more – what you can do with an Apple Watch screen.
“There’s plenty of room for customization with millions of combinations,” Federighi said. The photo library can suggest the best photos and there is a new library of background images, including one from Astronomy.
The way the user receives their notifications is also new: they enter at the bottom of the screen and make it easier to choose which ones appear and when.
The live activity function will allow you to follow what’s happening in the live event, information about the current outcome of the game on the locked screen, where the Uber driver is, or the progress of the physical exercise session.
All of these news focuses will be linked to a feature introduced last year. The user will be able to customize different modes by selecting different images for Do Not Disturb Mode, Personal Time Mode, Work Mode and Sleep Mode.
Task mode will only be able to show work-related widgets on the locked screen, and it will also extend to applications with filters: for example, hiding the non-work Safari tab. The idea would be to “draw boundaries and find balance in every moment of life,” Federighi said.
With large-scale deployments across North American retailers, the iPhone, Apple and Pay Payment systems will introduce a related innovation: the possibility of splitting payments into four interest-free payments. Apple Pay Later is a branded version of “Buy Now Pay Later”, a fast-growing trend in which companies like Affirm and PayPal allow you to split payments at no interest.
These payments are usually made over a short period of time (such as once every two weeks) and are extremely popular. According to Corey Fugman, director of Apple Pay and Wallet, the brand’s digital wallet package will also collect distribution information and allow merchants to accept payments without additional hardware. In other words, the iPhone becomes a mobile payment terminal and accepts contactless payments with other iPhones.
Wallet is working with several states to make ID documents digitally accepted. Instead of submitting their driver’s license or other documents, users will be able to submit the version saved in their wallet. This version can also be used to verify identity in applications without access to all information – for example, a person is of legal age without giving a date of birth.
In this WWDC kick-off session, Apple also talked about improvements to the Maps app, Home app for controlling smart home functions, iCloud shared photo library, CarPlay and watchOS 9.
In Macintosh computers, Apple announced a new generation of its own microprocessor, the M2, and with it the first computer, the new MacBook Air, starting at 1199.
The M2 will also come with a 13-inch MacBook Pro, priced from $ 1299. Both will be available in July.
For the next Macintosh operating system, it will be called MacOS Ventura.