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Apple iOS 16: These are the changes coming this fall

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Yahoo Finance tech editor Dan Howley breaks down all the changes coming to iOS in the fall, including message editing and emoji backgrounds.

Video Transcript


BRIAN CHEUNG: iPhone users about to get a big update to their software. iOS 16 is dropping this fall and comes with a bunch of new features, including the highly anticipated message editing option for those risky texts. Let's bring in Yahoo Finance's Dan Howley on what you can expect in the upcoming update. Look, if you've got those blue text message bubbles, apparently, in this new version, you can edit it after the fact? That's--

AKIKO FUJITA: Risky texts are just drunk texts.

BRIAN CHEUNG: Risky texts or just drunk texts?

DAN HOWLEY: I don't know what you're talking about. I never do that. Everything that I send is very PG.

BRIAN CHEUNG: Oh, yeah, for sure.

DAN HOWLEY: That's it. It's mostly just Toy Story GIFs. No, that would be very strange for a 37-year-old man to do. Anyway, so you can get these text messages with iOS 16. Brian and I actually tried it earlier, where he's running--

BRIAN CHEUNG: I'm on 15.

DAN HOWLEY: He's on 15.

BRIAN CHEUNG: Yeah, so it didn't work.

DAN HOWLEY: It did not work. But we actually have a screenshot of what it will look like when you do delete the tweet. And it should-- or your message. You can see there you have an undo option. You have a delete option, or unsend, whatever, however they phrase it. And, you know, right now, since Brian's not on 16, it says, you've deleted it on your end, but he can probably still see it. And he could still see it. But down the line, that will not be the case. So you'll be able to delete these texts, edit them. You won't be saying duck anymore every five seconds.

The other thing is-- the big thing for this, though, is the change to the lockscreen. And I think that's what a lot of people are going to notice right out of the gate. And so there's new features. You can actually edit the lockscreen. You can add new widgets. I did a whole bunch of changes to mine. There's an emoji one, where you can make different emojis if you'd like.

BRIAN CHEUNG: As the cover.

DAN HOWLEY: As the cover, as the cover, and your home screen. So this is my emoji one. I don't even know what I did with it. It's--

BRIAN CHEUNG: There's some shades.


BRIAN CHEUNG: There's some fire emojis.

DAN HOWLEY: Yeah, there's one where you can now put some widgets directly under the actual time so that I can get right now, if I wanted to--

BRIAN CHEUNG: So it's like layered.


BRIAN CHEUNG: So like this, like we're showing right now.

DAN HOWLEY: Exactly, yeah. So I can see on mine, I have the temperature, and then my calendar, which says I have a meeting coming up. There's also other changes throughout. There's the ability to unsend emails now from the Mail app. So I can't tell you how many times I've accidentally sent an email from my @me account, rather than--

AKIKO FUJITA: Yes, I have done that many times.

DAN HOWLEY: And then you're like, how come this person's not getting back to me? And so you could see at the bottom of the screen there in super small print. It says unsend. So it's just a few pieces that they've added as far as the messaging and the home screen goes that are really helpful. There's also one that's just very fun and, so far, stupid. But you can go into a photo, long press it, and then take something from that photo out and put it somewhere else.

BRIAN CHEUNG: Drag it, right.

DAN HOWLEY: So I did my cat. His tail did not come along with him. I also did me. I just took myself.

AKIKO FUJITA: Oh, I like that.

DAN HOWLEY: So now I can just--

BRIAN CHEUNG: That's cool.

DAN HOWLEY: I could put myself-- I don't know--

BRIAN CHEUNG: So that's a sticker of Dan wearing a fuzzy-- you know.

DAN HOWLEY: First of all, that's a--

BRIAN CHEUNG: Trucker jacket.

DAN HOWLEY: --sherpa inside of a denim. I was wearing a Canadian tuxedo. No, I was wearing sweatpants because I keep it classy on the streets.

AKIKO FUJITA: By the way, can we go back to the editing texts? My favorite is when somebody tries to autocorrect an autocorrect, and it keeps going.

DAN HOWLEY: Oh, every single time, yes, yes, yes.

BRIAN CHEUNG: Oh, and it just-- right, right, yeah.

AKIKO FUJITA: I have, like, four texts of the same word, right?

DAN HOWLEY: So, like--

AKIKO FUJITA: I mean, I don't think that's the kind of stuff people are really wanting to edit. There's probably things are, you know, a little more, to Brian's point, risque maybe. I don't know.

DAN HOWLEY: There's a bunch of Toy Story texts, that's all.

AKIKO FUJITA: But let's talk really quickly about the update with the watch.


AKIKO FUJITA: Which you're very excited about.

DAN HOWLEY: I'm very excited. I think Watch OS is probably my favorite just because I'm obsessed with it. I constantly use it. If I don't track my steps or my rings, my entire exercise for the day--

AKIKO FUJITA: It didn't count.

DAN HOWLEY: It didn't count.

AKIKO FUJITA: It didn't count.

DAN HOWLEY: It didn't count. I could run a marathon. If I don't close my rings, I might as well have just been sitting on the couch eating Cheetos. So there are big changes coming. The major ones that you'll notice is in workouts, there's actually a lot more detail as to what you're doing when you're actually exercising. So that's really cool. You'll be able to go back and compare it to your prior exercises. Another thing that I really love, I love the weather widget on the watch.

BRIAN CHEUNG: I love the weather as well, Dan.


DAN HOWLEY: I love the weather. We all love the weather.

BRIAN CHEUNG: We all love the weather here.

DAN HOWLEY: One of the big things for me, though-- and it's a silly, stupid complaint. But every time I open the weather app on the phone, I check the humidity, because I sweat too much, right?

AKIKO FUJITA: Well, in the summer also.


DAN HOWLEY: And also in the fall, the winter, but now, humidity is finally on the watch, so.

AKIKO FUJITA: Really quickly, when I walk, I often get, are you on an elliptical?


AKIKO FUJITA: I think that's the way I walk maybe that it's like--

BRIAN CHEUNG: Oh, it asks that.

AKIKO FUJITA: It asks that. It doesn't ask whether I'm walking. It's always, are you on an elliptical?

BRIAN CHEUNG: I'm using an analog watch here. So the two of you have the Apple Watch right now. So I don't have any of those features.

DAN HOWLEY: It's great, though. I really do love it.

BRIAN CHEUNG: All right, when are these updates, quickly?

DAN HOWLEY: Coming down in the fall in September when the new watch and the new iPhone come out.

BRIAN CHEUNG: All right, Yahoo Finance's tech editor, Dan Howley, thanks so much.