Apple not too long ago launched its first iOS 16.1 beta and it brings some enhancements to current options, brings options to beforehand unsupported units and provides options that had been promised at its WWDC 2022 developer occasion again in June. Those have to remember that the options talked about beneath are nonetheless in beta, that means that there isn’t a assure that they may present up on the ultimate launch of iOS 16.1. Users hoping to check out the 16.1 beta 1 replace additionally have to remember that the present replace is barely accessible to registered builders, whereas the steady replace might be launched subsequent month.
It’s value noting that in accordance with XDA Developers, the iOS 16.1 replace will break the software program replace mechanism so isn’t really helpful for normal customers to check out, till Apple fixes it.
Here’s a listing of latest options and modifications present in iOS 16.1:
Battery Percentage Indicator
Apple has lastly added the standing bar battery proportion indicator on all iPhone fashions such because the iPhone XR, iPhone 11, the iPhone 12 miniand the more moderen iPhone 13 mini. In an earlier report, we failed to know why this much-awaited characteristic by no means reached older units and it is nonetheless unclear why that occurred. The excellent news is that the iOS 16.1 beta 1 brings the battery proportion characteristic to those units.
A report by MacRumours confirms that the most recent beta provides assist for the indicator on older fashions. The proportion indicator was eliminated with the launch of the iPhone X and the introduction of the show notch which homes the TrueDepth digicam that’s wanted to unlock iPhone fashions that use Apple’s Face ID 3D facial recognition authentication system. Apple has considerably remedied the difficulty with the introduction of the brand new Dynamic Island on the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone Pro Max fashions. The software program characteristic shows notifications utilizing an animated bubble across the revamped TrueDepth digicam and modifications form relying on the notification or content material being displayed. But for the whole lot iPhone 14 Plus and beneath, the battery proportion show is a much-awaited characteristic that has lastly arrived.
Matter is a brand new good residence normal that mainly goals to hook up with all varieties of units from completely different manufacturers and platforms (together with Apple, Samsung, Google and Amazon). In the iOS 16.1 beta 1 release notes we’ve got lastly begun to see Apple assist residence equipment suitable with Matter. Everything is within the early levels and this contains assist for pairing Matter residence equipment together with integrating the identical with Apple Home. We ought to anticipate to see extra updates in future releases.
Clean Energy Charging
Clean Energy Charging mode was unprecedented till it first appeared in an official press release in the course of the rollout of iOS 16. Apple talked about that it “goals to lower the carbon footprint of the iPhone by optimising charging instances for when the grid is utilizing cleaner vitality sources”. It seems to be a extra environment friendly option to cost your iPhone, however will solely be accessible within the US, for now. When accessible, the toggle will seem within the Settings app within the Battery part.
Apple Wallet will be deleted
First reported by 9to5Mac, iOS 16.1 beta 1 lets customers delete the Wallet app. This might be helpful for customers in India who can at present solely use the Wallet app for saving passes and tickets (once more from supported third-party apps). With Apple Pay but to reach in India, customers on iOS 16.1 will lastly be capable to uninstall the app totally.
Live Activities, minor modifications
The Live Activities API which can let builders implement assist for Apple’s Live Activities notifications that pop up on the backside of the lock display screen and present details about dwell actions similar to navigation routes, meals deliveries, ride-sharing particulars and extra, has additionally been added as a part of the most recent beta. Other minor modifications embody a brand new icon which exhibits the icon for related headphones as an alternative of the AirPlay icon. There’s additionally a barely redesigned menu whereas saving or deleting a screenshot that now has icons subsequent to every possibility. Users also can personalise the lock display screen quicker by exhibiting lock display screen and residential display screen wallpaper customisation choices after tapping and holding the lock display screen to view the customisation menu.