One week after the initial release of the iOS 16.1 beta, Apple seeded the second beta to developers for testing. The third beta of iPadOS 16.1 has also been released, joining iOS 16.1 beta. This beta is on a slightly different timeline because Apple began testing it before iOS 16.1 was released.
The iOS 16 and iPad OS 16 profiles are available for registered developers to download from the Apple Developer Center. Once installed, the betas are made available over the air.
Live Activities is a new interactive notification feature in iOS 16.1 that enables you to monitor events as they happen right from the lock screen and, on the iPhone 14 Pro, the Dynamic Island.
Live Activities cannot be used right now because developers must still update their applications to include support, but it will be accessible once iOS 16.1 is released. An ActivityKit API is available to developers so they may start building their applications.
The update provides the basis for Matter, a new smart home standard that Apple expects to start supporting this autumn, as well as a new Clean Energy Charging feature in the United States that is intended to selectively charge when reduced carbon emission electricity is available.
Apple, Google, Samsung, Amazon, and other tech giants are working on support for Matter, which will enable interoperability between smart gadgets from various manufacturers.
Our iOS 16.1 feature guide has more information on these and other new features, such as a Wallet app that can be deleted, adjustments to the Lock Screen customization interface, and more.