5 Brilliant New iPhone Features Coming With Apple iOS 16.1

Following the release of iOS 16.0.3 bug fix update (opens in a new tab) Early this week, Apple is now preparing to roll out the full iOS 16.1 update. The official public release is due later this month, but before that it has now, as usual, rolled out to developers, meaning we’re learning ahead of time what features we can look forward to.

1. iCloud Shared Photo Library

Excitingly, the new update offers a shared iCloud Photo Library – giving users the ability to create a separate iCloud Library on which up to six users can collaborate – absolutely perfect for families and groups of close friends. The new feature allows users to share photos they already have in their personal libraries or alternatively share them based on a start date or people in the photos.

2. Live Activities

Another of the major changes in iOS 16.1 so far is the addition of Live Activities, which helps you stay up to date with what’s happening in real time, right from your lock screen.

3. Clean energy charge

Apple is aiming to reduce the iPhone’s carbon footprint with the addition of Clean Energy Charging, which optimizes charging times when the grid uses cleaner energy sources – nice!

4. Material

iOS 16.1 sees the addition of Matter – a new smart home connectivity standard that is set to allow compatible accessories to work together seamlessly, across different platforms. Modern home life, sorted.

5. Apple Wallet Changes

The new operating system update allows iPhone users to remove Apple Wallet if they wish – for the first time.

How to Get iOS 16.1

Developers and public beta testers can now install the iOS 16.1 Beta 5 update by going to Settings > Software Update on an iPhone or iPad enabled to get beta updates.

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The exact date when iOS 16.1 will be officially released to the public is not known, but a recent report from Bloomberg Marc Gurman (opens in a new tab)suggests the week of October 24 – not long to wait!

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