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See iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 new features

Apple has rolled out iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 public beta versions, and early reviewers have pointed out key features for users to look out for.

As is customary for new operating systems, developers had access to both software months ago. However, the release we are talking about here is a more public version. Although this one is also still a test, it is considered to be generally more stable than the early developers’ version. Another difference is that members of the public can take it for a spin.

Writing for The VergeBarbara Kransnoff and Cameron Faulkner highlight the lock screen customisation capability as the key feature of iOS 16. Although it is not that new, the difference is that this new OS will allow users more control, including using new fonts, colours, and widgets. It lets users link their lock screen to the Apple Focus app (also available in iOS 15 and iPadOS 15).

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If you are not in the know, the Focus app lets you choose when you want to receive alerts and notifications while letting other people and apps know when you’re busy.

There will be rolling notifications support in iOS 16 and updates to the Messages app, like the ability to edit text after sending it. It will support Live Text for videos feature as well as many other new capabilities.

While you can download the iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 public beta versions, it is usually advisable to just wait for the company to officially release the software.

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