The latest iOS 16 beta is now available, and while the long-awaited return of battery percentages is the feature stealing the headlines, another handy tool looks set to make its debut when the operating system launches later this year.
iOS 16 beta number five is giving iPhone users the ability to “copy and delete” screenshots, which aims to reduce the risk of letting interesting (but unwanted) images clog up your photo gallery.
When taking a screenshot in the new iOS 16 beta, a “Copy and Delete” button will appear and when you select it, the screenshot will be saved to the clipboard to paste wherever you want. Crucially, though, the feature will discard the image in question, saving 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 some tedious back-and-forth clicking.
Now, though, it looks like you’ll be able to upload screenshots without feeling guilty about the amount of virtual space taken up in your iPhone’s photo gallery. Naturally, the feature remains in beta at this stage (here’s how you can get involved), although considering how useful (and simple) it sounds, we’d expect it to make the cut when iOS 16 launches in late 2022.
As for other updates we expect to see coming with iOS 16, customizable lock screens – think dynamic widgets, custom text font, and more color options – are the main new feature, while Focus mode is also ready for a update.
Notifications are also getting a facelift, courtesy of ‘Live Activities’ – which are essentially pinned, widget-like alerts that let you check a game’s score, track food delivery progress, and so on.
The Messages, Wallet, Maps and many other iPhone apps are expected to see improvements with iOS 16, so head over to our dedicated iOS 16 hub for the latest news. We’ll have all the information about the new OS when it launches (we’re currently betting on a September release, coinciding with the launch of Apple’s inevitable iPhone 14 lineup).