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Apple today seeded the fourth beta of iOS 16 to developers for testing. The latest beta contains a handful of new features and changes involving the Messages app, Home app, Mail app, Lock Screen notifications, CarPlay, and more.


iOS 16 is currently in beta for developers and members of Apple's free public beta testing program, and the software update will be released for all users with an iPhone 8 or newer in September. A second public beta of iOS 16 that corresponds with today's fourth developer beta is also now available.

We've outlined notable new features and changes in iOS 16 beta 4 below. Thanks to Steve Moser and @AppleSWUpdates for their contributions.

iMessage Edit/Undo Send Changes

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You can now tap on the small "Edited" label below an edited iMessage bubble to view the original version of the message and any other previous edits. In addition, iMessages can now only be edited a total of five times before the "Edit" option disappears.

While there's still a 15-minute window for editing an iMessage, Apple has reduced the time limit for unsending an iMessage to two minutes after it is delivered.

Live Activities API

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Apple has released ActivityKit in beta, allowing developers to begin testing the Live Activities feature on the Lock Screen in their apps on the iOS 16 beta. For now, apps that implement the feature will only be available via TestFlight.

Live Activities will provide real-time glanceable information on the Lock Screen. For example, a sports app might allow the user to start a Live Activity for a live sports game. In that scenario, the Live Activity would appear on the Lock Screen for the duration of the game and offer the latest updates about the game at a glance.

Apple says Live Activities will not be included in the initial publicly released version of iOS 16, with the feature to be enabled in an update later this year — perhaps iOS 16.1. At that time, apps offering Live Activities will become available in the App Store.

New Wallpapers in Home App

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The fourth beta of iOS 16 adds new Wildflowers and Architectural wallpapers to choose from in the Home app, alongside existing wallpapers.

New Time Limits for Undo Send in Mail

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In the Mail app on iOS 16, it is briefly possible to unsend an email in the Mail app. In the first three betas, the time limit for unsending an email was 10 seconds, but the fourth beta provides users with options of 10, 20, or 30 seconds.

Lock Screen Notification Settings

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Apple has enhanced the look of Lock Screen notification options in the Settings app. In the fourth beta of iOS 16, Apple now includes images that visualize the Count, Sack, and List options for how Lock Screen notifications are displayed.

New Lock Screen Customization Interface

Apple has revamped the interface when customizing the Lock Screen, with options for colors, gradients, photos, and more at the bottom.

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Bolder Music Player on Lock Screen

Apple has updated the music player on the Lock Screen with bolder elements.

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New Wallpapers for CarPlay

A static version of the iOS 16 wallpaper for the iPhone is now available for CarPlay, with multi-colored, blue, and gray options to choose from.


Other Changes
If you spot any other changes, let us know in the comments section.

Article Link: Everything New in iOS 16 Beta 4 For Lock Screen, iMessage, CarPlay, and More
 
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Macheath_Messer

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So why still no option to delete a imessage?
It happens alot you send the wrong message to the wrong person!
Editing that message is not an option as they can still read the original.
From the article: “…Apple has reduced the time limit for unsending an iMessage to two minutes after it is delivered.” This tells me one can still delete iMessages sent in error, no?
 

contacos

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I don’t understand the „color“ and „gradient“ option for the wallpaper or what it has to do with one another. For instance, I have a Home Screen pride wallpaper. Yet it suggests me some random green „color“ or „gradient“ options (basically the same) of my lockscreen 🤷🏽‍♂️ what are those two even supposed to do?

Also, I can deactivate my focus status / sleep with a long press from the lockscreen again 🙏🏼
 

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daleroe

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All of my previously sent and received messages in Messages disappeared when I upgraded. Newly-sent and -received messages stay in the app just fine. Anybody else?
 

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Could someone please test Teams and see if its working on this new beta ? Much appreciated!!
 

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I could see the Live Activities feature come in very handy for daily planner apps that show all planned events on an ever-moving timeline of upcoming things to do throughout a day.

Various other timer/countdown based apps centred around productivity or fitness could utilise it as well
 

thatshellacool

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Could someone please test Teams and see if it’s working on this new beta ? Much appreciated!!
I got about halfway done responding to a coworkers message before it quit and sent me back to the home screen. I then went to check through a feed and it did the same not even 2-3 minutes later, so I’m assuming it’s not fixed. Although it’s entirely possible that it won’t work properly until MS releases an official update for iOS 16, which may not be until shortly before or upon launch.
 
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Mr_Simon_White

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So I'll acknowledging by saying I know this is BETA however has anyone had issues with CarPlay Siri in beta 3 and still in beta 4 where voice commends of all kinds no longer work - I get a second voice rather than the Siri voice I've chosen in settings - always says there has been a problem - Won't voice dial contacts to call / directions however it will read out text message but I can't reply
 
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AF_APPLETALK

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And here I say it again, how is iMessage this far behind when it’s this critical to their platform strategy. And then it allows stupid things - like viewing the original message after editing.

Exactly what value does that offer?

They are cementing in their demise.
 

bLackjackj

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BETA 4 HAS FINALLY BROUGHT BACK THE FEATURE OF TOGGLING DND FROM THE LOCKSCREEN BY CLICKING THE DND ICON. WHY APPLE EVEN REMOVED THIS FROM THE FIRST PLACE COMPLETELY CONFUSES ME.

1. Why are you YELLING?

2. This is BETA software & you know this. Why does it confuse you? Features will be added, removed, updated, downgraded, fixed..etc before release. You signed up to be a free Apple tester, so why are you complaining?
 
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