Apple introduces iOS 16 with a revamped lock screen

(CNN) – Apple kicked off its annual developer conference by unveiling the next generation of its mobile software, iOS 16, with new features that will allow users to customize their lock screens and change the way they text friends through iMessage.

At the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), which kicked off Monday, Apple said it would add more features to iMessage, including the ability to edit or unsend messages. The company said that these two options are among the most requested features by users.

Apple also introduced new options for iPhone users to add widgets to the lock screen to get quick information like upcoming calendar events and the weather. It also showed more custom wallpapers for the lock screen and the ability to switch options throughout the day.

Additionally, iOS users will be able to follow “real-time” activities, such as the progress of an Uber ride or updates from a sports game, in an effort to have a smoother notification experience. iOS users in the US will also be able to spread out payments over 8 weeks in Apple Pay, similar to the “Buy Now, Pay Later” service.

The new features will likely be available later this year.

Some industry watchers also hope that Apple will offer an initial look at a platform that it can call RealityOS. The platform can power mixed reality headsets, a device that has been said to be capable of both virtual and augmented reality, which Apple has been rumored to be working on for years.

Apple’s event will be broadcast live on its website and on the company’s YouTube channel.

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