Apple today rolled out the release candidate versions of iOS 16.1 and iPadOS 16.1 to developers ahead of their public release scheduled for Monday, October 24. RC releases arrive a week after the previous beta releases were released.
Registered developers can download iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 profiles from the Apple Developer Center, and once installed, beta versions will be available over the air.
iOS 16.1 introduces support for live activities, the interactive notification feature that allows you to keep an eye on things happening in real time right from the lock screen and, on the iPhone 14 Pro, the dynamic island.
Live Activities cannot currently be used as developers have yet to update their apps to add support, but it will be available when iOS 16.1 launches. Developers have access to an ActivityKit API to start preparing their apps.
The update also introduces a new clean energy charging feature in the US designed to selectively charge when low-carbon electricity is available, and sets the stage for Matter, a new smart home standard that Apple plans to start supporting. this fall.
Matter will enable interoperability between smart devices from different companies, and Apple, Google, Samsung, Amazon and others are working on support.
Apple’s official release notes are as follows:
ICloud shared photo library
– Separate library for seamlessly sharing photos and videos with up to five other people
– Setup rules allow you to easily contribute previous photos based on start date or people in photos when setting up or joining a library
– Library filters to quickly switch between viewing the Shared Library, My Library or both libraries together
– Shared edits and permissions allow anyone to add, edit, bookmark, caption, and delete photos
– The sharing switch in Camera allows you to choose to send captured photos directly to the Shared Library or to enable a setting for automatic sharing when other participants are detected nearby via Bluetooth
– Third party app live activities are available in Dynamic Island and lock screen for iPhone 14 Pro models
– Apple Fitness + is supported on iPhone even if you don’t have an Apple Watch
– Key sharing allows you to securely share car, hotel room and other keys in Wallet using messaging apps like Messages and WhatsApp
– The Savings Account allows Apple Card customers to increase their Daily Cash by depositing it into a High Yield Savings Account
– Matter, the new connectivity standard for the smart home, is supported allowing a wide variety of smart home accessories to work together across ecosystems
Recharge of clean energy
– New setting that can try to reduce your carbon footprint by selectively charging when low carbon electricity is available
– Player controls are automatically hidden at the start of reading
This update also includes bug fixes for your iPhone:
– Deleted conversations can be viewed in the conversation list in Messages
– Dynamic Island content is not available when using Reachability
– CarPlay may fail to connect when using a VPN app
On the iPad, the iPadOS 16 will expand the Stage Manager function to the 2018 and 2020 iPad Pro models and will no longer be limited to the M1 iPad Pro and M1 iPad Air. The beta version removes the external display feature of Stage Manager and this feature will return in a later beta. External display support will remain limited to M1 iPad models although older iPad Pro models can now use Stage Manager.
During the beta, Apple tweaked the design of the battery status bar icon, adding a visual indication of the charge level. It also changed the battery font, updated the lock screen charge indicator, and fixed a copy and paste bug.
Other new features in the update include a disposable Wallet app, lock screen customization interface changes, and more, with details available in our iOS 16.1 feature guide.