Following the release of iOS 16.0.3 to all users on Wednesday, Apple is now selling the iOS 16.1 beta 5 to developers. The new beta update, which also adds new functionality to the iPhone operating system, comes ahead of the official iOS 16.1 release to the public expected later this month.
The current build number is 20B5072b, according to the previous build 20B5064c. Developers may now use the iOS 16.1 beta 5 update through the Settings app on an iPhone or iPad, which has been enabled to receive beta updates.
Here''s what Apple is now releasing out of iOS 16.1 beta 4:
What changes with the update?
iOS 16.1 has been designed to allow for iPhone XR, 11, 12 mini, and 13 mini to achieve that goal. Apple has changed the battery indicator so that it now has a dynamic icon when the percentage is enabled. iPadOS 16.1 has also included a Clean Energy Charging Option, Live Activities API, and early support for the iPad Pro.
Here''s a basic breakdown of some of iOS 16.1''s major changes so far:
- Live Activities:Live Activities help you stay on top of things that are happening in real-time, right from your Lock Screen;
- Live Activities API:Follow an ongoingsports game, track the progress of your ride, or order with just a glance. Glance at Live Activities from your favorite third-party apps with the new developerAPI;
- Apple Wallet app can be deleted:iOS 16.1 now lets users delete the Wallet app for the first time. As youd expect, deleting the Wallet app means you wont be able to use a number of different features, including Apple Pay, Apple Cash, and Apple Card;
- Matter support:Matter is a new smart home connectivity standard that will enable compatible accessories to work together seamlessly, across platforms;
- iCloud Shared Photo Library:A new way for families to share photos seamlessly with a separate iCloud library that up to six users can collaborate on, contribute to, and enjoy. Users can choose to share existing photos from their personal libraries or share based on a start date or people in the photos;
- Clean Energy Charging:Clean Energy Charging aims to decrease the carbon footprint of the iPhone by optimizing charging times for when the grid is using cleaner energy sources.
When will iOS 16.1 be available for the public?
According to a recent research by Bloomberg''s Mark Gurman, Apple intends to release iOS 16.1, iPadOS 16.1, and other software updates to the public the week of October 24. These software updates should come in time for the publication of new products, such as the supposedly 10th generation iPad, iPad Pro with M2 chip, and new MacBook Pros.
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