In a few weeks, Apple will release iOS 16.1 to all compatible iPhones, which marks the first major update to the iOS 16 operating system since its public release in September.
With iOS 16.1, Apple brings new changes, features, and bug fixes to iPhone users. We’ve highlighted the five biggest changes below. iOS 16.1 is currently in beta testing with developers and public beta testers.
With iOS 16.1, Apple enables Live Actions on the redesigned iOS 16 Lock screen and on the Dynamic Island on the iPhone 14 Pro. Live Activity is a new type of interactive notification that can dynamically display real-time information from apps without the need to open the app directly.
Uber, for example, can display a Live Activity notification on the iOS 16 lock screen to show the estimated time of arrival of a car. Sports events can also use Live Action to show game scores in real time.
On the new iPhone 14 Pro models, Live Actions are also integrated into the Dynamic Island, which allows users to see real-time information from apps while using their phone. Live Actions are also displayed on the Lock screen in always-on display mode. Once iOS 16.1 is released to the public, apps will begin to include support for Live Actions.
A redesigned Battery Icon
Over the summer, Apple added a battery indicator to the status bar for iPhones with a notch. The first version of the battery icon included a battery icon that was fully visible, regardless of the iPhone’s actual charge. In iOS 16.1, Apple changes the behavior of the battery icon to show the correct level of charge of the iPhone when the percentage is displayed. iOS 16.1 also expands the battery feature to more devices, including the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 13 mini.
Apple Fitness + With iPhone only
Starting with iOS 16.1, iPhone users can sign up and use Apple Fitness+ without needing an Apple Watch. Fitness + is a subscription from Apple that offers a wide catalog of videos and programs with different trainers. At launch, Apple Watch is required to use Fitness + to display real-time measurements on the screen.
Clean Energy Charge Option
In iOS 16.1, Apple added a new Clean Energy Charging Option that chooses to charge the iPhone when there is less carbon emissions in an effort to provide a greener charge. Apple says that the iPhone will still reach a full charge before it is needed based on the user’s daily schedule, and the feature can be turned off if desired.
Pre-Load In-App Content
iOS 16.1 adds a new feature for apps downloaded from the App Store that can automatically run new downloads in the background to download content before launching. The new toggle is meant to make it faster for users to start using the app immediately after downloading without waiting for in-app content to load.
iOS 16.1 is the first major update to iOS 16, so as expected, many small but notable changes and fixes are included in the update.
- Redesigned wallpaper section in Settings
- Copy fixed with Permanent Paste
- It includes groundwork for a fixed-point Smart Home and Emergency SOS via Satellite
- Ability to delete the Wallet application