Everything new in iOS 16.1 beta: Matter, clean energy charging, Wallet app changes, Live Activity API, and more

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Although iOS 16 was just released on Monday, Apple is already moving forward to test the next update to the operating system. iOS 16.1 was seeded out to developers today, and it introduces a few new features that are worth noting.

iOS 16

Lock Screen / Home Screen Customization

When tapping on the “customize” interface on the lock screen, there is now an option to choose between customizing the lock screen or the home screen instead of just the lock screen. This makes it easy to customize the look of the iPhone from one place without going through multiple steps.

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case support

iOS 16.1 introduces a new “Matter Accessories” section in the Settings app, suggesting that Apple is preparing for the fall launch of the Matter smart home standard.

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Tapping into the Matter Accessories section will display all of the Matter Accessories that have been added to a connected service. These can also be added to additional services with the help of an app that supports Matter, the text reads. Matter will allow for interoperability between smart devices from different companies, so HomeKit, Alexa and Google Assistant devices, for example, can work together.

In the release notes for the update, Apple says that pairing Matter accessories will first require a profile to be installed on your device. Along with the workarounds available on Apple’s site, there are a number of other known issues with the Mater standard at the present time.

  • Removing Apple Home from the Matter Accessory Connected Services menu in Home does not remove the accessory tile.
  • You may receive an alert to turn on Wi-Fi when pairing a matter accessory.
  • If miter accessory is unreachable then accessory details may not open.
  • You may be unable to pair using the Matter ECM code via the Matter Support Framework pairing API.
  • Unauthenticated accessory notifications may appear when pairing mater accessories.
  • If the accessory has already been linked to a third-party ecosystem, you may be unable to pair the Matter accessory.
  • The device that initiates pairing needs to be using the same iCloud account as the Home Hub. Only the owner of the household, not the invited user, can add the Matter Accessories.

clean energy charging

iOS 16.1 adds a toggle to enable “Clean Energy Charging” in the Battery section of the Settings app. Clean Energy Charging will attempt to reduce your carbon footprint by selectively charging when low-carbon emission electricity is available.

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Apple says the iPhone will still reach a full charge before you can use it depending on your daily charging routine, and the feature can be turned off if desired. It appears to be enabled by default when updating to iOS 16.1.

Live Activities API

iOS 16.1 re-adds the Live Activity API that was available to developers for testing purposes during the iOS 16 beta. iPhone users cannot currently use Live Activities because there are no apps supporting it, but developers can begin to implement support.

delete wallet app

iOS 16.1 adds the option to remove the Wallet app from the iPhone entirely. In iOS 16 and earlier versions of iOS, the app could be removed from the Home screen, but not removed. Now it can be removed completely for those who don’t want to use Apple Pay or other Wallet features.

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The choice comes as Apple is facing a lawsuit accusing ‌Apple Pay‌ of violating antitrust law by making ‌Apple Pay‌ the only available mobile wallet on the iPhone for tap-to-pay payments.

Battery percentage in status bar

iOS 16.1 adds the battery percentage to the battery icon in the status bar on the iPhone XR, iPhone 11, iPhone 12 mini, and iPhone 13 mini, all iPhones that did not support the feature in iOS 16.

ios 16 beta battery percentage icon

Screenshot UI

When you close the screenshot editing tool, there is an updated interface in the top right corner that gives the option to delete, copy and delete the screenshot or save it. This menu used to be at the bottom of the iPhone, so this new implementation is sleeker and less in your face because it doesn’t take up the bottom of the display.

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Other New Features

Know about a new feature in iOS 16.1 that we skipped? Let us know in the comments below.

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