Apple is releasing iOS 16’s first significant update today. There are many exciting features in iOS 16.1, some of which have been discussed for several weeks. In this article, we’ll show you everything related to this new update that you shouldn’t miss.
Apple has made great efforts to enhance the user experience for its iPhone users with iOS 16. The new features that are lacking are not the always-on screen, editing and marking all messages as read, or greater lock screen customization. However, as evidenced by the operating system’s first significant update, the Cupertino company clearly kept it a secret.
So, the new features in iOS 16.1, which is available starting today on all compatible iPhone models starting with the iPhone 8, are exciting. There is a lot to do with this update between the enhanced functionality of the existing applications and the new Dynamic Island features. Wait, this is what to anticipate when installing iOS 16.1.
Here are all the new iOS 16.1 features
Live events on the Dynamic Island
This is iOS 16.1’s biggest new feature. With the iOS 16.1 update, the Dynamic Island, which is already a significant innovation of the iPhone 14 Pro devices, will get even better. Users will now be able to follow a variety of events live, including the progress of their deliveries and the results of sports events in real-time. Everything will function properly on the lock screen so you can always check the news.
“iOS 16.1 Live activities features will let users keep track of what is happening in real-time from the lock screen. The feature will be extended to third-party apps and allows them to track sports scores, food delivery etc. Additionally, iOS 16.1 will also allow iPhone users to delete the Wallet app. Moreover, iCloud Shared Photo Library will make photo sharing easier as it will add up to five people who can add, delete, edit, mark-as-favourite and caption”.
Share photos with loved ones more conveniently
A minor upgrade is also due to the Photos application. So, with the update, up to five people can now share a common folder and each has the ability to add, edit, and delete photos.
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Use your iPhone to control all of your connected objects
iOS 16.1 brings support for new advanced connectivity standards which enables direct control of all devices using Apple HomeKit, Google Home, or Amazon Alexa from your iPhone.
Transfer your keys easily with iOS 16.1
If you use your iPhone to unlock your car or certain doors, iOS 16.1 will make it very simple for you to share the keys that are saved in your Maps application with your loved ones by just sending them a message.
Direct access to Apple Fitness+ is available on iPhone
Apple’s fitness service is now accessible without an Apple Watch thanks to iOS 16.1. The exercises will be directly accessible on the user’s iPhone, but the subscription will still cost $10 per month. However, some information, like heart rate or calories burned, won’t be available to view if you don’t have the watch.
“This update introduces iCloud Shared Photo Library making it easy to keep your family photos up to date. This release also adds support for third-party apps in Live Activities and support for Apple Fitness+ on iPhone even if you don’t have an Apple Watch. And includes other features and bug fixes for your iPhone,” Apple shared in its iOS 16.1 release note.
How to update to iOS 16.1
Step 1: Open your iPhone and head to Settings.
Step 2: There, tap on General.
Step-3: Next, click on Software Update and then tap on Download and Install.
Step 4: Agree to the Terms of Service and the latest iOS16.1 will be installed on your device.
Step 5: Restart your iPhone and you’re all set to use your device and enjoy the latest features.