Apple has another iPhone update coming Monday.  Here's what's new

Apple has another iPhone update coming Monday. Here’s what’s new

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Apple’The latest update to its iPhone operating system, iOS 16.1, will be available on Monday, the company said in a press release on Thursday.

It will launch for iPhone users with an iPhone 8 or newer models, and it adds a number of features that weren’t available when iOS 16 launched in September.

Here’s what’s coming.

Access Apple Fitness+ without Apple Watch

Apple Watch Fitness

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iPhone users with iOS 16.1 will be able to subscribe and access Apple Fitness+ even if they don’t have an Apple Watch.

Fitness+ is a subscription service with workouts and guided meditations that costs $9.99 per month or $79.99 per year. Apple is giving away three months of Fitness+ free with the purchase of a new iPhone, iPad or Apple TV.

If you train on Fitness+ without an Apple Watch, you won’t be able to see metrics like calories burned or your heart rate in real time.

Clean Energy iPhone Charging

Clean Energy Charging will be available with iOS 16.1

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The iOS 16.1 update will also include clean power charging. Apple says this will allow users to optimize charging when cleaner power sources are available, helping to reduce your iPhone’s carbon footprint.

Clean Power Charging is an option you can select in Settings > Battery > Battery Health & Charging. As part of the clean power charging option, Apple says, “In your region, iPhone will try to reduce your carbon footprint by selectively charging when low-carbon electricity is available. ‘iPhone learns from your daily charging routine so it can reach a full charge before you need it to use it.’

iCloud Shared Photo Library

Apple Shared Photo Library


IOS 16.1 will let you create an iCloud Shared Photo Library instead of a standard iCloud Shared Album.

This will allow you to invite up to five other people, or six in total, to a library where you can all add, delete, edit or favorite photos and videos.

The Camera app will feature a new toggle that lets users choose to automatically send photos to the shared library. So if you’re on vacation and taking a bunch of photos at the beach with a group of friends, anyone can take photos with this option enabled and see all the photos in the shared album.

Live activities for third-party apps

Once you update to iOS 16.1, your lock screen will feature Live Activities, which will show information about sports games, ride-sharing apps like Uber, or updates on a food delivery order. So you can see how long it will take for dinner to arrive at your house, with information on when it will arrive. Or, as shown in the screenshot below, the score, inning, and tally of a baseball game with game updates. This will be most useful on the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, which have always-on displays so you can peek to see new information. You’ll start seeing some apps on Monday, but that requires developer adoption, so more apps will come later.

Here’s what it looks like:

Live Activities on iOS 16.1.


Support for Matter accessories in the Home app

IOS 16.1 will add support for new Matter accessories to the Home app, which allows users to control smart home accessories.

Matter is a new connectivity standard that tries to make it easier to use all your smart home accessories together, no matter who designed them. The idea is to allow smart home devices to connect to home hubs, whether the hub is made by Apple, Google or Amazon. This means you should be able to go to the store and buy a smart bulb, for example, without worrying about whether it will work with your system at home, as long as it supports Matter.

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