Apple has released iOS 16.1, the latest version of the iPhone operating system. It’s been compatible with iPhones since the iPhone 8, as well as, of course, the company’s newest handsets, including the iPhone 14 Pro Max.
While some may not be immediately obvious, there are a number of new features, including a redesign for the battery percentage icon and an option to see battery percentage on iPhone models that were not previously available alongside Live Activities. on the redesigned lock screen.
Below, we’ll walk you through six new features, to give you an idea of some of the new things you can do on your iOS 16.1 iPhone.
Think of it as an extension of lock screen notifications, which can show you updates in real time. You can, for example, add a Live Activity during a sporting event to provide updates on the scoreboard and other information, or set one up when you’re waiting for a take-out delivery to get updates on when your food should arrive.
This feature will be entirely dependent on how users react to it and how developers will leverage it for their applications. We can’t see this being used for Angry Birds, for example, but we can certainly imagine more scenarios where it would be useful to keep up with the latest developments, such as elections.
However, there are already developers releasing updates to their apps to help take advantage of Live Activities such as climate carrot (opens in new tab)as shown above.
In iOS 16.1 it moves with accessibility and works as usual! Strange this wasn’t straight from 16 pic.twitter.com/Vklsy58YApSeptember 16, 2022
While there were several new accessibility features in iOS 16, such as live subtitles (opens in new tab) and AR improvements that can allow people to show the distance to a door, for example, a useful feature for iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max users is now accessibility capability being updated to Dynamic Island.
Any notifications or quick actions that pop up can be dragged by swiping down from the bottom of the screen, and Live Island will fly to where your thumb is, ready to use.
Battery percentage on more iPhones
rejoice! If you have an iPhone with FaceID, you will now have the option to see the battery percentage in the battery icon at the top of the screen. Prior to iOS 16.1, this was only available on iPhone 12 and up, and it was baffling that it wasn’t available on other iPhones with a notch.
Another minor visual change is that the battery icon now decreases as a percentage, rather than appearing to be at full capacity at all times.
You can now delete the Wallet app
This may seem small, but it can have big repercussions for anyone not old enough to use an iOS wallet.
It has been claimed that this was introduced as a way to remove any anti-competitive potential so users can choose other wallets, but if kids are trying to add gift cards or credit cards to the Wallet app, in iOS 16.1 there will be ways to remove them. completely.
iCloud Shared Photo Library
This iCloud Photo Library improvement was announced at WWDC and was supposed to arrive with iOS 16, but has been delayed. You may have already shared albums with friends and family, but that expands even further to the Camera app.
Let’s say you’re on vacation with a friend and you both have access to a shared album in Photos. Prior to iOS 16.1, all photos you took had to manually move them to the shared album in question.
You can now tell the Camera app that the photos you are about to take should be uploaded to this shared album and they will automatically appear there.
This will be very useful for many other situations and reduces confusion if there are more than two people in a shared album.
clean energy charging
While this is only available in the US for now, this is another new feature that reflects Apple’s commitment to sustainability and the environment.
When you charge your iPhone, iOS 16.1 checks if a low-emission electricity source is available, and if so, will use it. Apple is still light on the details about this feature, but it could bring big benefits in the long run if it also expands to iPads and Macs.