This is how iOS 16.1 beta 1 works. Here are a few key features and modifications

This is how iOS 16.1 beta 1 works. Here are a few key features and modifications ...

iOS 16.1 is now available for developers beta testers. As we expected, the update includes a range of modifications and features. These include upgrades to iOS 16, the addition of features previously announced at WWDC in June, and more. Head below for the whole roundup.

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iOS 16.1: New features and changes

Apple has added iOS 16.1 the new Clean Energy Charging feature that the company first announced earlier this week. This feature aims to reduce your carbon footprint by selectively charging when cheaper carbon emission electricity is available.

In the Battery menu at the Settings app, you may find the option for this setting, and tapping the Battery Health and Charging option.

The popular battery percentage icon has been added to other iPhones. This includes the iPhone XR, the iPhone 11, the iPhone 12 mini, and the iPhone 13 mini after the first initial launch.

iOS 16 has some impressive features, such as the ability to customize your Lock Screen. Apple is making a tweak to make it clear how to customize the Lock Screen wallpaper versus the Home Screen wallpaper.

When you press the Lock Screen and select the Customize button, you''ll now see two options: the one for the Lock Screen wallpaper, and the other for the Home Screen wallpaper.

With the release of the first iOS 16.1 developer beta, the Live Activities API has returned.

Discover how to build LiveActivities for your apps using the new ActivityKit framework, which is now available in iOS16.1beta and Xcode14.1beta. LiveActivities help people keep track of your apps content with real-time updates. In Dynamic Island, a new feature features an intuitive, enjoyable way to experience iPhone14Pro and iPhone14ProMax.

Live Activities are even more important today than when Apple announced them at WWDC. Both the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max can integrate Live Activities from third-party apps directly into the Dynamic Island, giving you an easy way to keep up with things like ride share, sports scores, and more.

iPadOS 16.1 and iPadOS 16.1 both provide the most advanced support for Matter smart home accessories. Matter is a new smart home standard that aims to improve cross-platform compatibility for the most popular applications.

This feature is still in its early days, and Apple has some additional information in its release:

  • To pair Matter accessories, a profile must first be installed on your device.
    • Install the profile available atDeveloper Downloads.
  • Removing Apple Home from the Matter accessory Connected Services menu in Home doesnt remove the accessory tile.
  • You might receive an alert to turn on Wi-Fi when pairing a Matter accessory.
  • Adjusting the color or color temperature might result in an unexpected color set on a Matter accessory.
  • Accessory details might not open if a Matter accessory is unreachable.
  • You might be unable to pair a Matter accessory if the accessory is already paired to a third-party ecosystem.
  • The device that initiates the pairing needs to use the same iCloud account as the home hub. Only the owner of a home, not an invited user, can pair Matter accessories.
  • Install the profile available atDeveloper Downloads.
  • Install the profile available atDeveloper Downloads.

The iPadOS 16.1 beta''s release today includes a few changes to Stage Manager, according to Federico Viticci on Twtitter. Here are the changes:

  • The button to add more windows to a stage finally works. Windows open with a curtain animation and show you the app switcher.
  • Seeing all open windows for the same app is easier than before. You can click an apps dock icon or use the Globe-Down hotkey. That area always includes a + button to create a new window.
  • You can now drag windows from the iPad to an external display with Stage Manager.

Despite these new features, Viticci says Stage Manager is still extremely muddy. Were still hoping for a release sometime in October.

  • Theres a redesigned menu for screenshots.
  • The icon in the Music app is larger for your connected headphones.
  • New option in Settings > Game Center for Allow finding by friends.