Apple is ready to release iOS 16.1, the next iPhone software update that brings a selection of new features and some bug fixes. This includes a new way to charge your iPhone, using your Apple Fitness+ subscription without the need for an Apple Watch, an update to the iPhone 14 Pro‘s Dynamic Island, and more.
Confirmed (opens in a new tab) To be released on October 24, iOS 16.1 will also be released alongside other software updates, including iPadOS 16.1 and macOS Ventura. We’re sure to hear more about these updates in a new October event in which Apple participateswith executives Craig Federighi and Greg Joswiak.
See how to update to iOS 16.1 and the new features it brings below.
How to update to iOS 16.1
It’s not certain what time iOS 16.1 will be available on Monday, October 24, but it’s believed to be released at 1pm EST / 6pm BST / 10am PT.
To update, your iPhone may have a “Software update available” option at the top of Settings to make it easier to download. If not, you’ll have to go to Settings > General > Software update.
New features in iOS 16.1
While iOS 16.1 comes with some bug fixes, this update packs some more exciting features, especially for those interested in Apple Fitness+, reducing your carbon footprint, and Live Activities.
Apple Fitness+ comes to iPhone users
Starting October 24, Apple Fitness+ will be available for iPhone users to sign up for, even if they don’t have an Apple Watch. It will be fully integrated with the Fitness app. Users without an Apple Watch won’t be able to see their on-screen metrics like heart rate and calories during workouts, but they will be able to track them.
clean energy saving
A new battery charging feature will be available on iPhones, known as Clean Power Saving. Available in Settings and only in the US for now, the feature will “attempt to reduce your iPhone’s carbon footprint by selectively charging when lower-carbon electricity is available.” This could lead to slower charging, but it aims to decrease your carbon footprint.
Live Activities for Third Party Apps
Do you want to check the score in a sports game or see how far your trip is at a glance? iOS 16.1 brings Live Activities to third-party apps, allowing iPhone users to view real-time events right on their lock screen and, for those with an iPhone 14 Pro or 14 Pro Max, on Dynamic Island.
Live Activities will show up at the bottom of the lock screen on iPhone 14 and 14 Max models and earlier, while iPhone 14 Pro models will have the feature set to the top of the screen, which works with the new Dynamic Island.
iCloud Shared Photo Library
iOS 16.1 allows users to easily share photos and videos with up to five other people thanks to the iCloud Photo Sharing Library feature. By setting up a shared library, users can allow photos they take to be sent directly to the library and allow group users to add, edit, favorite, caption, and delete photos.
Subject coming to Home app
The new smart home connectivity standard, Matter, will now be supported by the Home app. This allows a wider selection of smart home accessories to work together, be it Google Home, Amazon Alexa, and of course Apple’s Homekit.
Support for dynamic island accessibility
For those with an iPhone 14 Pro or 14 Pro Max, iOS 16.1 will bring Reachability support for easy one-handed access. Lower the top of the iPhone screen when users swipe down at the bottom of the screen. It is an optional feature that can be enabled through the Accessibility settings.
Key sharing in Apple Wallet
iPhone users will be able to share their car, hotel room, and other keys with iOS 16.1’s key sharing feature. This can be shared via messaging apps including Messages and WhatsApp. Additionally, Apple Card customers will have access to a savings account that will automatically deposit “Daily Cash” cash back rewards into a high-yield savings account.
We are excited to see these new updates in action. Wondering if you should upgrade your iPhone? Take a look at our iPhone 14 review.