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Apple unveils iOS 16 with improved lock screen and notable changes to iMessage

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On Monday, June 6, 2021, Apple unveiled iOS 16, its next-generation mobile operating system, which has new and better features such as the ability to customize lock screens and adjust how users write pals via iMessage among other things.

Apple announced further capabilities for iMessage, including the option to edit or unsend messages, at its Worldwide Developers Conference, which started on Monday. Users have requested these two features, according to the business.

Apple also hinted at a few new methods to tweak the lock screen and improve notifications. Users of Apple’s iPhone will be able to add widgets to their lock screens to access information like upcoming calendar events and weather at a glance. In addition, iOS users will be able to follow “live” events such as the status of an Uber ride or sports game updates. More customizable lock screen wallpapers will be available and the ability to swap selections throughout the day.

OS Ventura, Apple’s latest Mac operating system, has several multi-tasking features, including sharing Safari tabs with friends and family, transferring FaceTime calls to other devices, and utilizing an iPhone as a webcam with a new product called Continuity Camera.

Apple’s changes, which are expected to be released later this year, included everything from payments to passwords to cars.

The latest version of CarPlay will have customized widgets that can run across all of a car’s screens and can be controlled by the iPhone. Meanwhile, Apple Pay users in the United States will be able to spread payments over eight weeks, akin to a “buy now, pay later” option. Passkeys, a solution that uses Touch ID or Face ID to authenticate across apps and devices, is meant to replace passwords.

Apple’s bet on health features hasn’t changed. New custom training features, such as heart rate zones and stride statistics, will be added to the Apple Watch in the near future. Furthermore, improved sleep tracking will track when a user enters and exits light and deep sleep. Finally, a new medicine app will allow users to keep track of, manage, and comprehend the prescriptions they are taking and remind them when it is time to take them.

Even though the event was primarily centered on software, Apple did make some hardware announcements.

Apple unveiled a new MacBook Air that is thinner, lighter, and faster, thanks to the M2 in-house chip. The new 13.6-inch MacBook Air is 25% brighter than the previous generation, supports MagSafe charging, and has a front-facing camera with double the resolution. In addition, apple claims the M2 processor will deliver 18% more performance than the M1 chip since it has an 8-core CPU. The processor also includes a 10-core GPU, which is twice as powerful as the M1 and a 25% boost in graphics performance. A new 13-inch MacBook Pro will also have the M2.

The MacBook Air is $1,099, while the MacBook Pro is $1,299.

Some industry observers have hoped that Apple (AAPL) might reveal an early version of a platform dubbed RealityOS. The chipset might power Apple’s long-rumored mixed reality headgear, which would be a wearable device capable of combining VR and AR.

The event will be broadcast live on Apple’s website and YouTube channel.

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