After the release of iOS 16.0.3 for all users last Wednesday, Apple has now released iOS 16.1 beta 5 for developers and users registered in the Apple Beta Software Program. The new beta update, which adds new features to the iPhone operating system, comes ahead of the official launch, for all expected later this month.
This version doesn’t just come, it also brings the company of iPadOS 16 beta 12, macOS Ventura beta 11, and tvOS 16.1 beta 5.
What’s New In This iOS 16.1 Version?
iOS 16.1 enables battery percentage for iPhone XR, 11, 12 mini, and 13 mini. Apple has tweaked the battery indicator so that it now has a dynamic icon when the percentage is on. The update also adds a clean energy charging option, live activity API, and early support for the Matter protocol.
For iPad users, iPadOS 16.1 brings Stage Manager to iPad Pro 2018 and 2020.
These are some of the features that users expect Apple to introduce later this year:
- Live Activities: Live activities help the user to stay on top of the activities that are happening in real-time, directly from the lock screen;
- Live Activity API: Track a sports game in progress or track the progress of order with just a glance. Take a look at the live activities of your favorite applications with the new developer API;
- Matter Support: Matter is a new smart home connectivity standard that will allow compatible accessories to work together seamlessly, across all platforms;
- iCloud Shared Photo Library: A new way for families to seamlessly share photos with a separate iCloud library where up to six users can collaborate, contribute and enjoy. Users can choose to share existing photos from their personal libraries or share based on a start date or people in the photos;
- Clean Energy Charging: Clean energy charging aims to decrease the iPhone’s carbon footprint by optimizing charging times for when the grid is using cleaner energy sources.
Developers can update their iPhone to iOS 16.1 beta 5 the way they always do, ie by going to Settings > General > Software Update.
According to a recent report by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, Apple plans to release iOS 16.1, iPadOS 16.1, and other software updates to the public in the week of October 24. There are rumors that the 10th generation iPad, iPad Pro with M2 chip, and updated MacBook Pros may be appearing around.
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