In a matter of weeks, Apple will release iOS 16.1 for all compatible iPhones, the first major update for the iOS 16 operating system released to the public in September.
With iOS 16.1, Apple brings many new changes, features and bug fixes to iPhone users. We’ve highlighted five notable changes below. iOS 16.1 is currently in beta testing with developers and public beta testers.
With iOS 16.1, Apple is enabling live activities on the redesigned iOS 16 lock screen and Dynamic Island on the iPhone 14 Pro. Live Activities is a new type of interactive notification that can dynamically display real-time information from the app without opening the app directly.
Uber, for example, may display a “Live Activities” notification on the iOS 16 lock screen to show the estimated time of arrival for the vehicle. You will also be able to view match results in real time using the live activities of sports apps.
In the latest iPhone 14 Pro models, Live Activities has also been integrated into Dynamic Island, which allows users to view real-time information from apps while using their phones. Live activities are also visible on the lock screen in Always On mode. Once iOS 16.1 is released to the public, apps will begin adopting support for Live Activities.
Redesigned Battery Indicator
Over the summer, Apple added a battery percentage indicator to the status bar for iPhones with a notch. The initial release of Battery Indicator included a battery icon that remained visibly full regardless of the actual charging of the iPhone. In iOS 16.1, Apple changes the behavior of the battery icon to accurately reflect the iPhone charging level when the percentage is displayed. iOS 16.1 extends the battery indicator to more devices, including the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 13 mini.
+ Apple Fitness with iPhone only
Starting with iOS 16.1, iPhone users will be able to subscribe to and use Apple Fitness+ without an Apple Watch. Fitness+ is a subscription to Apple that offers training videos and an extensive list of programs with various trainers. At launch, an Apple Watch was required to use Fitness+ to display real-time metrics on the screen.
Clean Power Charging Option
In iOS 16.1, Apple added a new Clean Energy charging option that selectively charges the iPhone when low-carbon electricity is available in an effort to provide a more green charging method. Apple says the iPhone will reach a full charge level even before it is needed, and the feature can be turned off if desired, depending on the user’s daily routine.
Preload in-app content
iOS 16.1 adds a new switch for apps downloaded from the App Store that can automatically run newly downloaded apps in the background to download content before you launch them for the first time. The new Switch aims for users to start using the app immediately after downloading without having to wait for the in-app content to load.
iOS 16.1 is the first major update to iOS 16, so as expected, the update included several small but notable changes and bug fixes.
- Redesigned Background section under Settings
- Fixed copy and paste prompt
- The basis of the smart home standard includes “case” and “emergency SOS via satellite”.
- Ability to delete Wallet app