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iOS 16 Beta 4 Release (What To You Need to know)

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Apple has released iOS 16 beta 4 to developers, with the new version introducing plenty of changes to core iOS apps and features. Some of the highlights include tweaks to new Messages capabilities that allow you to edit and unsend texts, new wallpapers in the Home app, and updates to some of the new Mail and notifications features.

The iOS 16 beta is still available to developers, which means the changes will eventually make their way to the iOS 16 public beta.
The following are all of the major changes that iOS users can expect from the iOS 16 beta 4 update.

Updates to edit and undo send in Messages

The changes in iOS 16 Messages, specifically the ability to edit text messages and unsend messages, appear to be a feature that many iOS users are looking forward to. It’s encouraging to see iMessage catch up to other platforms like Signal and Telegram that allow editing, which saves you from the embarrassment of typos.

These two features have undergone some changes in iOS 16 beta 4. Now, users can tap the Edited label to view the message’s original, untouched version. Senders will only have five attempts to edit their message before the feature is removed. Apple has reduced the time allotted for unsending texts from 15 minutes to 2 minutes. Previously, you had the same window for editing texts and 15 minutes to recall a text.

Live Activities API

Live Activities, or app notifications that can update in real-time like timers and sports scores, are one of the improvements to the iOS 16 lock screen. Developers can now ensure that their apps have Live Activity support when the feature launches later this year after the initial release of iOS 16 in the fall thanks to Apple opening up access to ActivityKit for developers.

Lock screen notifications and media player

Among the other lock screen updates in iOS 16, notifications are set to get a visual overhaul. Notifications move to the bottom of the lock screen, though you can customize how those notifications look, choosing between list, stack and count. In iOS 16 beta 4, the section of the Settings app where you pick the look of your notifications now offers a handy visual cue.

I can see the notification count option being useful if you like a minimal lock screen, with the stack being the next best option. For reference, list is how iOS lock screen notifications work now.

The media player has also gotten some bold upgrades to make it pop more on the lock screen.

New Home wallpapers

This one’s simple. Home now has a few new wallpaper options, like wildflowers and architecture. These will co-exist alongside the regular wallpapers.

iOS 16 Home screen customization UI

One of the big changes to iOS 16 is the ability to customize your iPhone lock screen, adding widgets and changing the font and color of the time and date. As of iOS 16 beta, the home screen adopts many of those interface customization features, too. You can now choose colors, gradients, photos and so on to make your home screen more unique to you.

Undo send in Mail

iOS 16 Mail gets an unsend feature, which you 10 seconds to recall sent emails in previous betas. With beta 4, you can set a different time window — anywhere from 10 to 30 seconds. You can also turn the feature off. 

If you’ve used Gmail, you’ll know how useful undo send can be in emails, just like in iMessages.

New CarPlay wallpapers

CarPlay has also gotten some new wallpapers. CarPlay can now use a static version of your iPhone’s wallpaper, or go with colored, blue and grey options.

iOS 16 beta 4 outlook

iOS 16 is shaping up to be big revamp of Apple’s mobile OS. From the lock screen to updates to Messages, this update already has us excited. In fact, those of us running the beta have a hard time going back to iOS 15.
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