iOS 16 Launching Tomorrow: Six New Features Worth Trying

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iOS 16 Launching Tomorrow: Six New Features Worth Trying

Apple will release iOS 16 this Monday, September 12 as a free update for iPhone 8 and later. iOS 16 includes many new features, 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. Once you’ve updated your iPhone to iOS 16, check out the list of six useful new features to try out below.

Customize Lock Screen

The main new feature of iOS 16 is the ability to personalize the Lock Screen with multi-layered wallpapers, widgets, custom fonts for date and time, and more. You can also choose a set of photos to shuffle on your Lock Screen throughout the day.

iOS 16 Lock Screen Customization


The new Lock Screen Gallery features a variety 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 designs, allowing you to switch between your favorites with a swipe.

Related: How to customize Lock Screen on iOS 16

Edit or Cancel Send iMessage

iOS 16 introduced the ability to temporarily edit or unsend iMessages, as well as mark iMessage conversations as unread once opened.

Apple lets you edit iMessages up to 15 minutes after sending them, 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, the edited message will be received as a new message that says “Edited to [new message].”

ios 16 edit unsent message


To edit or unsend a message, simply tap and hold the bubble and select the appropriate option in the menu that appears. Edited iMessages are marked as “edited” below the message bubble. SMS messages (green bubbles) cannot be edited or sent.

Use Full Screen Music Player

iOS 16 reintroduces the full screen music player on the Lock Screen with large album art and color matching wallpapers.

ios 16 lock screen music player


Apple last offered a full-screen music player on the Lock Screen in iOS 10 in 2016. If you don’t like this feature, you can tap the bottom of the screen to minimize the music player and go back to your standard Lock Screen wallpaper.

Games With Nintendo Joy-Cons

iPhone has support for many additional Bluetooth game controllers in iOS 16, including the Joy-Cons and the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller. iPhones running iOS 16 can be used with the left or right Joy-Cons, or both as a single controller.

nintendo joy cons


This is on top of existing iPhone compatibility with PS5 DualSense and Xbox Series X controllers since the release of iOS 14.5 last year.

Track Apple Pay Orders

Apple Pay on iOS 16 displays new built-in order tracking information in the Wallet app for online orders completed via Apple Pay. The tracker provides an estimated delivery date of the order and indicates when the package will be delivered.

apple ios 16 payment order tracking

Close Your Ring Without Apple Watch

Starting with iOS 16, the Fitness app is now available on iPhone for all users, even without an Apple Watch. The app displays a Daily Activity ring that relies on the iPhone’s motion sensor to estimate the calories burned and a person’s steps per day.

fitness app ios 16


During the iPhone 14 event, Apple announced that the Fitness+ service will be available to iPhone users without an Apple Watch later this year in the 21 countries where the service is available. Fitness+ is priced at $9.99 per month or $79.99 per year.

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