Apple Sends the Eighth Beta of iOS 16 to Developers for Testing

Apple Sends the Eighth Beta of iOS 16 to Developers for Testing ...

Apple has seeded the eighth beta of its upcoming iOS 16 update to developers. The updates come a week after the release of the seventh developer beta.

iOS 16 beta versions are available to developers at the Apple Developer Center or over the air on devices with the correct configuration.

OS 16 includes Apple's "biggest upgrade ever" to the Lock Screen as well as new sharing, communication, and intelligence features. Also included is iCloud's Shared Photo Library, which allows users to share a collection of pictures with their friends, updates to the Messages and Mail apps, and improvements to Live Text and Visual Look Up.

Experience a Personalized Lock Screen

The iOS 16 lock screen experience offers a new multilayered effect, where the subjects of photos are positioned in front of the time on the Lock Screen, creating a sense of depth. With expressive type styles and color choices, the appearance of the lock screen date and time may be customized.

Lock Screen widgets make it much easier to see information at a glance, including calendar events, weather, battery levels, alarms, time zones, Activity ring progress, and more. Notifications have been redesigned to roll up from the bottom for improved visibility.

Apple collections are included in a new Lock Screen gallery, including Pride and Unity; a Weather wallpaper to see live weather conditions as they change throughout the day; and an Astronomy wallpaper for views of the Earth, moon, and solar system.

Lock Screens can be personalized by users, using their favorite emoji or color combinations. With a swipe of a finger, multiple Lock Screens may be switched between favorites.

A new Live Activities feature allows users to keep track of real-time events, such as sports matches, workouts, food delivery orders, and more, directly from the Lock Screen.

New Focus Features

Focus is now more powerful, easier to setup, and connects to the Lock Screen. Users may now link a Lock Screen wallpaper or widgets to a particular Focus. Calendar, Mail, Messages, and Safari will only display the content relevant to a user's Focus.

Shared Photo Library with iCloud

Families may share photos with a separate iCloud library that up to six users may collaborate on, contribute to, and enjoy. Users may choose to share existing photos from their personal libraries or share photos based on a start date or people in the photos, using a new toggle in the Camera app.

Users will also be provided with suggestions to share a photo that includes participants in the Shared Photo Library. Every user in the Shared Photo Library has the ability to edit, add or favorite shared photos or videos, which will appear in each user's Memories and Featured Photos.

Messages

Users may modify or recall recently sent messages, recover recently deleted messages, and mark conversations as unread so they may come back to them later. SharePlay is also coming to Messages, making it possible to enjoy synced content like movies or songs and shared playback controls all while chatting.

Mail

Users may schedule emails ahead of time and are given the option to cancel email delivery before it reaches a recipient's inbox. Mail also warns users if they forget to include an important piece of their message, including attachments, at any time and at any time with Remind Later, and Follow Up suggestions automatically remind users to follow up on an email if they have not received a reply.

Mail also includes a significant redesign of search, which results in more relevant, timely, and complete results.

Live Text and Visual Lookup

Live Text is expanding to include video. Visual Look Up extends the functionality of Messages by recognizing birds, insects, and statues.

Apple Pay Later, Order Tracking, and Other Features in your Wallet

Apple Pay Later provides Apple Pay users in the United States with a quick and secure way to split the cost of an Apple Pay purchase into four equal payments over six weeks, with zero interest and no fees. Apple Pay Order Tracking allows users to receive detailed receipts and order tracking information in their wallet for Apple Pay purchases with participating merchants.

Users may use their ID in Wallet for apps that require identity and age verification. Only the necessary information will be provided to the app, and the user may view and consent to share it using Face ID or Touch ID. Additionally, users may securely share their home, hotel, and car keys in Wallet through messaging apps, including Messages, Mail, and other.

Other Features

  • Safari adds shared Tab Groups to share a collection of websites with friends and family, making it seamless to add tabs and see what others are viewing. Browsing in Safari is even safer with passkeys, unique digital keys that are easy to use, more secure, never stored on a web server, and stay on device so hackers can’t steal them in a data breach or trick users into sharing them. Designed to replace passwords, passkeys use Touch ID or Face ID for biometric verification, and iCloud Keychain to sync across iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV with end-to-end encryption. They will also work across apps and the web, and users can sign in to websites or an app on non-Apple devices using just their iPhone.
  • Apple Maps is introducing multistop routing, so users can plan up to 15 stops in advance and automatically sync routes from Mac to iPhone when they’re ready to go. Maps is also bringing transit updates to users, making it easy for riders to view how much their journey will cost, add transit cards to Wallet, see low balances, and replenish transit cards, all without leaving Maps.
  • Family Sharing offers an easier way to set up an account for a child with the right parental controls in place from the start. It includes suggestions for age-appropriate restrictions for apps, movies, books, music, and more, and a simpler process for setting up a new device that applies existing parental controls automatically. When a child asks for more screen time, guardians can approve or decline right in Messages.
  • Dictation offers a new on-device experience that allows users to fluidly move between voice and touch. Users can type with the keyboard, tap in the text field, move the cursor, and insert QuickType suggestions, all without needing to stop Dictation. In addition, Dictation features automatic punctuation and emoji dictation.
  • Siri adds the ability to run shortcuts as soon as an app is downloaded without requiring upfront setup. Users can add emoji when sending a message, choose to send messages automatically — skipping the confirmation step — and hang up phone and FaceTime calls completely hands-free by simply saying “Hey Siri, hang up.”
  • The Home app makes it easier for users to navigate, organize, and view their accessories, and enhancements to the underlying architecture offer users more efficient and reliable control of their smart home. A software update to iOS 16 will bring support for the Matter smart home connectivity standard once it becomes available later this fall, enabling a wide variety of accessories to work together seamlessly across platforms, helping fulfill the true vision of a smart home.
  • The Fitness app is available to all iPhone users to help track and meet fitness goals, even if they don’t have an Apple Watch. iPhone users can set up a daily Move goal in the Fitness app and see how their active calories will help close their Move ring. iPhone motion sensors can track steps, distance, flights climbed, and workouts from third-party apps, which can be converted into an estimation of active calories to contribute to users’ daily Move goal. Users can also share their Move ring with friends for additional motivation.
  • The Health app adds Medications, allowing users to conveniently build and manage a medications list, create schedules and reminders, and track their medications, vitamins, or supplements. In the US, users can simply point their iPhone camera at a label to add a medication, read about the medications they’re taking, and receive an alert if there are potential critical interactions for their medications. In addition, users can share their Health data with loved ones, and easily create a PDF of available health records from connected health institutions, right from the Health app.
  • Apple News introduces a new My Sports section to easily follow favorite teams and leagues; receive stories from hundreds of top publishers; access scores, schedules, and standings for the top professional and college leagues; and watch highlights right in the News app.
  • Game Center features a redesigned dashboard that shows friends’ activity and accomplishments from games in one place, making it easy for players to jump in to play with or compete against their friends.
  • Personalized Spatial Audio enables an even more precise and immersive listening experience. Listeners can use the TrueDepth camera on iPhone to create a personal profile for Spatial Audio that delivers a listening experience tuned just for them.
  • A new privacy toolcalledSafety Check can be helpful to users whose personal safety is at risk from domestic or intimate partner violence by quickly removing all access they’ve granted to others. It includes an emergency reset that helps users easily sign out of iCloud on all their other devices, reset privacy permissions, and limit messaging to just the device in their hand. It also helps users understand and manage which people and apps they’ve given access to.
  • Accessibility updates include Door Detection, which helps users who are blind or low vision to use their iPhone to navigate the last few feet to their destination, and Apple Watch Mirroring for users with physical and motor disabilities who may rely on assistive features like Voice Control and Switch Control to fully control Apple Watch from their iPhone. Additionally, Live Captions make it easier for the Deaf and hard of hearing community to follow along while on a phone or FaceTime call, using a videoconference or social media app, streaming media content, or having a conversation with someone next to them.

Both MacTrast and Apple advise users not to install any betas on their daily driver iPhone or iPad. Rather, only install betas on a device set aside for testing purposes.

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