iOS 16 Beta 2 Tidbits: New Wallpaper Colors, Backup Over LTE, SMS Filtering and More

iOS 16 Beta 2 Tidbits: New Wallpaper Colors, Backup Over LTE, SMS Filtering and More

Apple today shipped the second beta versions of iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 to developers for testing purposes, and the new beta versions introduce new features and refine some of the changes that Apple made with the first release of ‌iOS 16‌.

Lock Screen Photo Wallpaper Customization

When customizing a photo on the lock screen, there are two new overlay options DuoTone and Color Wash to change the look of the photo.

Editing wallpaper photos

If you set a photo as wallpaper, Apple tells you that you can use pinch gestures to adjust the image cropping.

ios 16 pinch to crop

Backups via LTE

iPhone and iPad users can back up their devices over an LTE cellular connection, in addition to a 5G or WiFi connection. Apple introduced support for 5G backup in iOS 15 and has expanded it to LTE in ‌iOS 16‌.

astronomy wallpaper location

The Astronomy wallpaper now shows a green dot so you know where you are. The dot appears in the Earth wallpaper options, but does not stay on the wallpaper at all times and instead is only visible when editing the wallpaper. These dynamic wallpapers are now also available on older iPhones.

astronomy wallpaper location ios 16

Editing wallpapers

In the Settings app, the Wallpapers section has been changed to make it easier to customize the different wallpapers you set for your home screen and lock screen. There are new “Customize” options on the lock screen and ‌Home screen‌ options to make it clearer that there are settings that can be adjusted.

customize ios 16 wallpaper settings

When you choose your look, there is also an option to “Set as wallpaper pair”.

Apple Cash and Apple Card

The Apple Cash “Send and Request” interface was changed in the second beta of ‌iOS 16‌. It is now a single combined button instead of two separate buttons, and the balance is displayed more clearly.

apple ios 16 send cash application

For Apple Card, the “Weekly Activity” section also lets you know how much Apple Cash you’ve earned for the week. you


There is now a “Save to Sticky Note” option when saving a screenshot, joining the Save to Photos, Save to Files, and Delete Screenshot options.

ios 16 sticky notes screenshot

Remove lock screens

Now it’s easier to remove a lock screen by swiping up.

remove lock screen ios 16

SMS filtering

According to Apple’s release notes, developers can classify incoming SMS messages from unknown numbers into 12 subcategories with Transaction and Promotion categories for better organization.

For users in India, Messages supports SMS event extraction. Event and appointment messages are displayed as Siri Suggestions and are also presented to users in the Messages thread and Calendar inbox.

iPadOS 16 Stage Manager

In ‌iPadOS 16‌ beta 2 on supported iPads, there is a new Stage Manager setting in the “‌Home Screen‌ and Dock” section of the Settings app. Shows options to hide recent apps and hide the dock while using Stage Manager.

Spam Reports

For some US carriers, Messages in ‌iOS 16‌ beta 2 extends the “Report Spam” feature to allow users to report spam SMS/MMS messages to carriers.

report spam ios 16


The Translate app now supports Turkish, Thai, Polish, Indonesian, and Dutch.

HealthKit API

For developers, the HealthKit Training APIs support multi-sport training with activities including swimming, cycling, and running.

‌iOS 16‌ beta 2 also adds HealthKit support for the new running training metrics that Apple announced at WWDC. Training metrics include running power, ground contact time, vertical oscillation, running speed, and stride length.

Other new features

Know of a new feature in ‌iOS 16‌ that we left out? Let us know in the comments below.

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