The latest iOS 16 beta is now available, and while the long-awaited return of battery percentages is the feature that’s making headlines, another useful tool is set to debut when the operating system launches later. late this year.
iOS 16 beta number five gives iPhone users the ability to “copy and delete” screenshots, which aims to reduce the risk of interesting (but ultimately unwanted) one-off images clogging up your gallery of pictures.
When you take a screenshot in the new iOS 16 beta, a “Copy and Delete” button will appear, and selecting it will save said screenshot to your clipboard to paste it wherever you want. Importantly, the feature will delete the image in question, thus sparing your iPhone’s precious storage capacity.
In iOS 15, users have the option to send, save, or delete screenshots, but performing a combination of the first and last functions requires tedious clicks.
Now, however, it looks like you’ll be able to send screenshots without feeling guilty about the amount of virtual real estate in your iPhone’s photo gallery. Naturally, the feature remains in beta at this stage (here’s how you can get involved), although given its usefulness (and simplicity) we’d expect it to make the cut when iOS 16 goes live. online towards the end of 2022.
As for the other upgrades we’re expecting with iOS 16, customizable lock screens – think dynamic widgets, custom text font and more color options – are the big new feature, while Focus mode is also live for a refresh.
Notifications also get a makeover, thanks to “Live Activities,” which are essentially widget-like pinned alerts that let you check a game’s score, track food delivery progress, and more.
Messages, Wallet, Maps and many other iPhone apps are set to receive improvements with iOS 16, so head over to our dedicated iOS 16 hub for all the latest news. We’ll get the lowdown on the new operating system when it’s released (we’re currently betting on a September launch, coinciding with the unveiling of Apple’s inevitable iPhone 14 lineup).