Apple has rolled out iOS 16.1 across supported devices. This marks the first substantial update since iOS 16 was released last month and brings with it some requested features. iOS 16.1 includes Continuity Camera which allows iPhone owners to use their devices as webcams for Macs. There’s also the new Stage Manager feature on supported iPad devices.
iPhone 14 Pro owners have been waiting for the new iOS 16.1 release in order to take advantage of the new Live Activities feature on the software. While Live Activities have been available since the launch of the iPhone 14 Pro, only Apple’s apps have used them up to now. iOS 16.1 now lets third-party apps take advantage of Dynamic Island by showing off certain alerts in the new notch area. Some apps will also display Lock Screen activities too.
There’s also a new feature called iCloud Shared Photo Library that comes to all iOS 16.1 devices. This allows users to share libraries among family members with everyone being able to contribute to the library at the same time.
Apple has also rolled out a new Clean Energy Charging feature in iOS 16.1. When enabled, Clean Energy Charging gets a forecast of the carbon emissions in your local energy grid and uses it to charge your iPhone during times of cleaner energy production. Of course, this feature is only available in the United States at the moment. Even if it was available in South Africa, I highly doubt users will make use of a feature that prevents them from charging their devices with all this loadshedding taking place.
iOS 16.1 is now available on all devices that support iOS 16. This includes iPhone 8 and up. Apple has also released the newest macOS update Ventura. This should pop up for all users who have a compatible device. The long-awaited software update adds hundreds of new features to the platform and was delayed from its September launch alongside iPadOS.