Apple has introduced a buy now, pay later and redesigned iPhone lock screen

Apple takes over Klarna and ClearPay with a new “buy now, pay later” feature for iPhones, the company announced at its global development conference.

The company is also redesigning the iPhone lock screen, the most significant visual redesign that the iPhone operating system has received since the introduction of the iPhone X, and introduces a new version of the MacBook Air built on the M2 chip.

Apple Buy now, pay later, will compete with companies like Klarna and ClearPay by allowing users to take out an interest-free four-month loan on any payments made through its Apple Pay service. It also works with the Shopify e-commerce platform, which allows users to track the progress of their orders in the Apple Wallet application.

The buy now, pay later feature will be limited to the US until iOS 16 arrives in the fall.

The company also unveiled a redesigned MacBook Air with a new MagSafe charging port and a physical design similar to the larger MacBook Pro – marking the end of the distinctive bevel that has defined the line so far. Like these larger computers, the MacBook Air also features an HD camera inside a distinctive “notch” on the front of the screen.

The new M2 chips are 40% faster than previous generations, Apple said, but they still run without the need for a fan and with 18 hours of battery life. The computers will come with a dual-port USB charger and will be available starting next month at prices starting at $ 1,199.

For many, the most important change announced at the iPhone lock screen action will be. While currently users can only change the wallpaper, starting this fall, they will be able to change the look of the clock, pin small widgets to the front screen, and minimize alerts at the bottom of the screen. And they’ll be able to navigate multiple lock screens with different looks and features for different uses – a work lock screen could pin emails and mute social media, for example, while a weekend lock screen could contain more informal images and hide communication. from work.

Craig Federighi, Apple’s chief software officer, said the redesign brought “an incredible set of new customization features that will make your experience fresh and incredibly you.”

The new features will be available for older iPhones, but are likely to work in line with the upcoming iPhone 14, which is said to still have the display on.

In addition to visual redesign, iOS 16 will include a number of other new features:

  • The Messages application allows users to edit or even retrieve iMessage messages sent in error.

  • Dictation has been redesigned to make it easier to switch between dictating text and editing it with the keyboard.

  • Live text will now work with the video, allowing users to cut and paste text from the paused video.

  • Apple Maps allows users to add multiple stops to a route and sync them between iOS and Macs.

  • The new “shared photo library” allows families to seamlessly combine all their captured images into one shared online library.

  • “Security control” allows people who leave violent relationships to interrupt all access granted to other people with a single click.

  • The Fitness app, previously limited to Apple Watch users, will now also be on iPhones, tracking steps and movement.

  • “Continuous Camera” lets you use your iPhone as a webcam for any Mac.

And 12 years after its first launch, the iPad gets the Weather app on the iPadOS 16.

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