The brand has unveiled the operating system that will arrive in the fall on the iPhone. With an emphasis on personalization.
This June 6, Apple took advantage of its annual conference dedicated to developers to unveil iOS 16, the new version of the operating system for iPhone. Particularly rich in new features, iOS 16 will be available for free for all iPhones in the fall, and will be integrated into iPhone 14.
The main development presented by Apple concerns the customization of the locked screen. While the brand has often wanted to limit the possibilities to protect the harmony of iOS, it is now letting go of ballast.
A fully customizable screen
On the upper part of the screen, the user will now be able to customize the appearance of his photos, for example thanks to filters, but also to ensure that they integrate better with the other elements. For example, the time display will slip behind the top of the subject’s head, for a rendering that is reminiscent of those of magazines (or what is offered on the Apple Watch) .
The aesthetic choices of the users will be reinforced by the possibility of changing the font of the hour, but also the color of the text. An evolution which is far from being a technical revolution, but which contrasts with the historical conservatism of Apple vis-a-vis Android.
Apple is also changing the lower part of the locked screen, where the notifications now come, present much higher since the very first versions of iOS.
A new option, very inspired by widgets, is appearing, to follow the evolution of certain applications live from the locked screen. Among the examples cited: the arrival of a taxi, information related to a sporting exercise, or even the reading of a piece of music.
Edit messages sent too quickly
On iOS 16, Apple is also upgrading its iMessage messaging service, with a new feature that users are probably eagerly awaiting: the ability to edit or delete a message sent at any time. Provided that the recipient has not yet seen it, of course.
To simplify exchanges between users, Apple now includes the ability to access the keyboard during voice dictation, to correct the text on the fly.
The company also presented an option taking advantage of artificial intelligence systems to automatically crop the central element of an image. For example, to send an image of a dog on a white background, in iMessage.
A “Security Check”
To fight against abusive relationships, but also in the event of mobile theft, Apple is unveiling new tools to protect its personal data, including vis-à-vis its spouse. A tool called “Safety check”, which can be activated in a few seconds, will immediately suspend the sharing of certain data with other devices, such as its geolocation. All access to messages is also blocked, and Apple IDs are reset. Conversely, iOS 16 will benefit from additional functions for parental control purposes. A screen thus makes it possible to view all the applications to which children have access, but also, for parents, to access their location in real time.