Just two days after iOS 16 was released to the general public, Apple has now released iOS 16.1 to developer beta testers. There are still a number of features announced at WWDC this summer, and the expectation is that iOS 16.1 will include at least some of these new features.
Here are some of the features that will appear for iPhone users this year:
Live Activities: The Live Activities feature helps you stay up-to-date with things happening in real time, right from the lock screen.
Live Activities API: A feature that allows you to track a running sports activity, track the progress of a trip or track a delivery order from your favorite restaurant with a single glance. With the developers using the new API, you will be able to take a quick look at live activities from your favorite third-party apps.
Matter support: This feature is a new smart home connectivity standard that will enable compatible accessories to work together seamlessly across platforms.
iCloud Shared Photo Library: A new way for families, a new way 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 them based on the start date or people in the photos.
Clean Energy Charging: Clean Energy Charging aims to reduce your iPhone’s carbon footprint by improving charging times.
Developers can update their iPhone to iOS 16.1 by heading to the Settings app, selecting General, and then selecting Software Update. The build number is 20B5045d. Apple has also released new developer profiles that can be installed on iPhone 14 devices as well.
If you are not interested in the features that developers will get in the iOS 16.1 beta, you will certainly be interested in the hidden features in iOS 16, which we have brought to you in the form of short videos that you can find here. The features are numerous, the most important of which are revealing the password, deleting the background of images, converting an image to PDF, protecting hidden images and more.