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October 24 Update 2022: As mentioned there, iOS 16.1 and iPadOS 16.1 are available. Discover the new features offered by these iPhone/iPad updates below.
iOS 16 is available from early September for compatible machines. A few hours ago, Apple released a new test version for iOS 16.1. It is currently available to developers enrolled in the developer beta testing program. At the same time, a new beta for iPadOS for iPadOS 16.1 is also ready. Same for tvOS 16.1 and watchOS 9.1.
What’s New for iOS 16.1?
Based on beta 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and RC so far, here are the new things that iOS 16.1 should bring:
- Battery percentage: The option to show battery percentage in the status bar is now more widely available on iPhone XR, iPhone 11, iPhone 12 mini, and iPhone 13 mini.
iOS 16.1 Adds Battery Percentage to iPhone 13 Mini Status Bar https://t.co/K0eDJ6eeHY by @julipuli pic.twitter.com/zM71kY0xgv
— MacRumors.com (@MacRumors) September 14, 2022
In addition, with beta 2, the indicator gains readability.
looks better pic.twitter.com/UuHaopu7aN
— Max Mustermann (@MaxMust84046626) September 20, 2022
Also, the fill now appears above the time on the lock screen.
New in iOS 16.1 Beta 2: The Lock Screen can show the battery percentage again when charging.
It works like in iOS 15, where the date disappears and shows the battery percentage for a few seconds. pic.twitter.com/VPs1HoqIBs
—iSpeedtestOS (@iSpeedtestOS) September 20, 2022
- Environmentally friendly battery charging: in the new version Settings > Battery Battery Status It aims to allow a responsible iPhone to adapt its charging to the available electricity. The iPhone will prioritize times when low CO2 energy is available and when the grid is at low consumption. To see how it would be done in France
iOS 16.1 also includes a new battery feature called Clean Power Charging. pic.twitter.com/WPRhbs9aE1
-Brandon Butch (@BrandonButch) September 14, 2022
- Maps can be deleted: The Wallet app, or Cards in French, can be uninstalled like many other native Apple apps
- Lock screen: the latter is easier to customize, with improved ergonomics and new options that allow you to more easily set different images for lock screen wallpaper and screen wallpaper
- Live Actions: to display real-time updated information at the bottom of the screen, play audio, monitor sports competitions, etc. Custom lock screen widget placement that allows.
Live Actions is a new iOS 16 feature designed to improve notifications https://t.co/Srgkl0QuEE pic.twitter.com/2BIX4PsRMU
— The Verge (@verge) June 6, 2022
- Automation: A new section dedicated to Matter-compliant accessories, “Matter Accessories” appears in iPhone settings (only in beta 2. In beta 3 the section no longer appears)
iPadOS 16.1 has a new Matter Accessories option menu in Settings pic.twitter.com/iqVsfP209r
— Aaron Zollo (@zollotech) September 14, 2022
- Copy paste: apps no longer need to confirm every pasting operation (edit: iOS 16.0.2 already reduced the number of permission notifications. ‘app)
- GPS: iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max support dual-frequency GPS connection. In iOS 16.1 beta 1, this technology was not properly supported, causing errors and crashes in any application that uses the user’s GPS location. This has been fixed with iOS 16.1 beta 2.
- Poor camera error: With third-party apps on iPhone 14 Pro, the camera can produce a flickering effect. Apple fixed this problem with iOS 16.1 (edit: the bug is now fixed with iOS 16.0.2)
- Apple Fitness+: it’s now possible to subscribe to a sports streaming service without an Apple Watch
- AirPods Pro 2: a new option lets you turn off the adjustable volume feature by sliding your fingers over the earcups’ stem
- Practice Manager: this multitasking feature was initially announced to be supported only by some new iPads with the M1 chip. iOS 16.1, in beta 3, extends compatibility. Stage Manager should also work on all iPad Pros released since 2018, not necessarily those equipped with the M1 chip.
- Emergency call via satellite: The iOS 16.1 beta 3 code mentions the Emergency SOS via Satellite feature, which means the latter should roll out with iOS 16.1. We also see notes on the feature’s demo mode, which allows eligible iPhone owners to fully understand the technology’s features.
- Dynamic island and black background: Dynamic Island on iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max is made more visible when using a black wallpaper using a gray outline.
- Apple Card savings: the new banking feature was originally intended for Americans only and allows you to top up your Apple Card account. Details can be found here
Here’s what the iOS 16.1 beta testing cycle looks like at this point:
- Wednesday, September 14: The first beta that brings the new features seen in the video below
- Tuesday, September 20: The second beta brings new features seen in the video below
- Tuesday, September 28: The third beta brings new features seen in the video below
- Tuesday, October 4: the fourth beta that brings the changes described below in the video
- Tuesday, October 12: The fifth beta with a few changes as shown in the video below
- Tuesday, October 18: beta RC with additions seen in the video below
- Tuesday, October 24: Release of the latest version of iOS 16.1 and iPadOS 16.1
If you don’t have a developer account, you can still test the latest iOS 16.1 beta as explained there. However, we do not recommend that you install the developer beta (unless you are a developer). It is better to wait for the latest version of iOS 16.1 for the question about the risk of data loss and the presence of bugs.
Note to iOS 16.1 testers, have you noticed any other notable new features besides the ones listed at the beginning of the article?
Author: Keleops AG