Along with iPadOS 16.1 and macOS 13 Ventura, Apple yesterday also released iOS 16.1, the latest version of the operating system for the iPhone. Since this is a minor release (remember that iOS 16 has been available for over a month) we would not expect big changes, but in this case, it is not so: the news is not lacking and, in the midst of various bugfixes, we also find functions that had been announced with great fanfare at WWDC in June and then postponed.
Let’s see what they are and what changes concretely in the transition from iOS 16 to iOS 16.1.
iCloud Shared Photo Library
The shared library is one of the features that Apple insisted a lot on when unveiling iOS 16, but it wasn’t available at launch. Now, with iOS 16.1, it’s finally here for everyone.
With iCloud Shared Photo Library, you can easily share photos with your family or friends, up to six people.
All members of a shared Photo Library can add, edit or delete photos from the archive: this is in effect an additional collection of shots, which is in addition to our images stored on Photos.
With iOS 16.1 also comes support for Live Activities, which is a new type of notification, visible from the lock screen or from Dynamic Island, which shows new information in real-time.
It is a type of notification that will prove useful, for example, to check how long is missing from the delivery of an order on Just Eat, to check the result of a match on the fly, and so on.
Customizing the lock screen and home screen
By clicking on “Customize” from the Lock Screen, with iOS 16.1 it is possible to customize not only the Lockscreen but also the Home Screen, by adjusting colors and blur effects.
Apple Fitness + without Apple Watch
Fintesss +, Apple’s subscription service for keeping fit, can now also be used only with iPhone, without the need for an Apple Watch.
Matter is a standard that promises to revolutionize home automation: it is a unified protocol, supported among many others by Apple, Google, Samsung, and Amazon, which will allow the various devices (from different companies) to communicate with each other. With iOS 16.1, iPhone gains support for Matter.
Much small news regarding the percentage of battery: firstly, it is now also available for iPhone XR, iPhone 11, iPhone 12 mini, and iPhone 13 mini, which at first were excluded.
Also, the battery icon now changes according to the percentage of charge remaining (the icon was always full before) and there is a new, slightly larger font.
Finally, while charging, the remaining battery percentage appears above the time when we wake up the iPhone.
With iOS 16.1 Apple has changed the settings related to wallpapers: now you can easily switch between them, or create new wallpapers.
Abram left his e-business studies to devote himself to his entrepreneurial projects. In 2017, he created the company Inbound Media and wrote articles about high-tech products for his Chromebookeur site. In 2019, Chromebookeur was renamed Macbound and became a general purchasing advice site. Today, Abram manages the development and growth of Macbound, surrounded by a young and talented team.