The new features of the iOS 16.1 update

The new features of the iOS 16.1 update

Apple recently expanded what your iPhone can do with the iOS 16.1 update. If you haven’t kept your phone up to date, new features may change your mind.

For example, the recent update allows you to customize your lock screen and unsend messages. More importantly, it would keep your phone safe from hackers and malware.

This article will explain the new features in the iOS 16.1 update. Also, it will list the compatible models so you can see if your iPhone can download and run it.

  1. Access to iCloud Shared Photo Library.
  2. See live activities on the lock screen and Dynamic Island.
  3. Do more with improvements to the Smart home and wallet app.

1. Access iCloud Photo Sharing Library.

This is iCloud Shared Photo Library.

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Sharing photos with friends and family used to be a hassle. Fortunately, iCloud Shared Photo Library allows iPhone users to share pictures and videos with up to five people.

Anyone can add, edit and delete images within the gallery. Also, you can upload images directly from your iPhone camera to that photo collection.

You can also add photos when you are around other people who have iCloud Photos access. However, you cannot participate in two shared libraries simultaneously.

Move images from personal to shared library; they will not leave a duplicate. Instead, you can only access them in the shared library.

2. View live activities on lock screen and Dynamic Island.

This is Dynamic Island.

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Dynamic Island is one of the key features of the iPhone 14 Pro. It allows easy access to notifications, and the iOS 16.1 update makes it better.

It would show live updates from third-party apps like sports and flights. For example, Dynamic Island would show the scores of an NBA game in real time.

This feature extends to the lock screen. For example, it will tell you if your departure time is getting closer or if your flight is delayed.

3. Do more with improvements to the Smart home and wallet app.

This is the Apple Card app.

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Google, Apple and other tech firms follow Matter as their standard for smart home connectivity. It allows you to control smart devices like Google Assistant and Alexa through iPhone.

The Apple Card app was released before iOS 16.1 and now offers high yield savings accounts. The recent update expands the function of the personal finance program.

For example, you can share data such as hotel room details with WhatsApp and Messages. Also, you can remove the Apple Wallet app.

Which iPhones can install the iOS 16.1 update?

These are the iPhones compatible with iOS 16.1.

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You need an iPhone 8 or later to use the features of iOS 16.1. Check the list below to see if your device is compatible with the new update:

  • iPhone 8
  • The iPhone 8Plus
  • iPhoneX
  • iPhone XS
  • The iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone 11
  • The iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone SE (2nd generation)
  • iPhone 12
  • The iPhone 12mini
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12 ProMax
  • iPhone 13
  • iPhone 13mini
  • iPhone 13 Pro
  • The iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 14
  • iPhone 14 plus
  • iPhone 14Pro
  • The iPhone 14 Pro Max


The iOS 16.1 update brought new updates for the iPhone 8 and later models. These included expanded functionality for iCloud Shared Photo Library and Dynamic Island.

Please note that some features are not available outside of the United States. For example, the clean energy charging feature ensures that your phone is charged only by green energy sources.

You may want to buy an iPhone 14 if your current model can’t use the iOS 16.1 update. In addition to upgrading your phone, upgrade yourself by following Inquirer Tech.

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