Apple recently released its first beta of iOS 16.1 and is making some improvements to existing features, bringing functionality to previously unsupported devices, and adding features promised at its WWDC 2022 developer event in June. Those interested should keep in mind that the features mentioned below are still in beta, which means there is no guarantee that they will appear on the final version of iOS 16.1. Users hoping to try the 16.1 beta 1 update should also keep in mind that the current update is only available to registered developers, while the stable update could be released next month.
It should be noted that according to XDA Developers, the iOS 16.1 update will break the software update mechanism, so regular users are not recommended to try, until Apple fixes it.
Here is a list of new features and changes found in iOS 16.1:
Battery percentage indicator
Apple has finally added the battery percentage indicator in the status bar on all iPhone models such as iPhone XR, iPhone 11, iPhone 12 mini and the newest iPhone 13 mini. In a previous report, we didn’t understand why this long-awaited feature never made it to older devices and it’s still unclear why it happened. The good news is that iOS 16.1 Beta 1 brings the Battery Percentage feature to these devices.
A report from MacRumours confirms that the latest beta adds support for the indicator on older models. The percentage indicator was removed with the launch of the iPhone X and the introduction of the display notch which houses the TrueDepth camera needed to unlock iPhone models that use the facial recognition authentication system Apple’s 3D Face ID. Apple has remedied the problem somewhat with the introduction of the new Dynamic Island on the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone Pro Max models. The software feature displays notifications using an animated bubble around the revamped TrueDepth camera and changes shape depending on the notification or content displayed. But for any iPhone 14 Plus and below, battery percentage display is a long-awaited feature that has finally arrived.
Foundations of matter
Matter is a new smart home standard that basically aims to connect to all types of devices from different brands and platforms (including Apple, Samsung, Google and Amazon). In the iOS 16.1 beta 1 release notes, we finally started to see Apple support for Matter-enabled home accessories. It’s all in its early stages and that includes support for pairing Matter home accessories as well as integrating them with Apple Home. We should expect to see more updates in future releases.
Clean energy charge
The clean energy charging mode was unknown until it first appeared in an official press release when it rolled out iOS 16. Apple mentioned that it “aims to reduce the carbon footprint of the iPhone by optimizing charging times when the network uses cleaner energy sources”. ”. This appears to be a more efficient way to charge your iPhone, but will only be available in the US at this time. When available, the toggle will appear in the Settings app in the Battery section.
Apple Wallet can be deleted
First reported by 9to5Mac, iOS 16.1 beta 1 allows users to remove the Wallet app. This could be beneficial for users in India who currently can only use the Wallet app to save passes and tickets (again from supported third-party apps). Apple Pay has yet to arrive in India, so iOS 16.1 users will finally be able to uninstall the app entirely.
Live activities, minor changes
The Live Activities API, which will allow developers to implement support for Apple’s Live Activities notifications that display at the bottom of the lock screen and display information about Live Activities such as navigation routes, food deliveries, carpooling details, etc., has also been added. as part of the latest beta. Other minor changes include a new icon that displays the connected headphones icon instead of the AirPlay icon. There’s also a slightly redesigned menu when saving or deleting a screenshot that now has icons next to each option. Users can also customize the lock screen faster by displaying options for customizing the lock screen and home screen wallpaper after tapping the lock screen to display the menu of personalization.