On Monday this week, Apple finally released iOS 16 to the public after a long wait. The new iOS 16 is available for the iPhone 8 and newer. And just a day later, Apple began testing the first iOS 16.1 beta. The beta update is available for developers and soon for public beta testers.
iOS 16 is a major upgrade and comes with a slew of new features. But there are some features that are yet to be added to iOS 16 that Apple mentioned at the WWDC event. And these remaining features will be added in upcoming updates. As expected Apple has already started testing the iOS 16 incremental beta update.
Along with the first iOS 16.1 Beta, Apple has also released iPadOS 16.1 Beta 2, watchOS 9.1 Beta 1, and tvOS 16.1 Beta 1. The first beta comes with build number 20B5045d. Since it is the first beta after the iOS 16 update, you will receive the big update around 5GB. It seems Apple might release the iOS 16.1 public build along with iPadOS 16.1 in October.
Since this is the first beta update, you can expect some new features and changes. The update brings battery percentage on the status bar for iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone XR, and iPhone 11. Battery percentage was available with iOS 16 except for these four iPhones. But finally, it is now available with the beta update.
Earlier this week, Apple announced the Clean Energy charging, then feature is now available on the iOS 16.1 beta, the new software also brings an option to change the home screen wallpaper once you tap and hold on the lock screen, Apple Wallet can be deleted now, and some more.
These are the other changes come with iOS 16.1 beta.
- Stage Manager tweaks in iPadOS 16.1
- Live Activities API
- Matter accessories compatibility to Home app
- Redesigned Screenshots menu
- A big icon for connected headphones in the Music app
- A New option in the Game Center for “Allow finding by friends”
Currently, iOS 16.1 beta 1 is only available to developers. The public beta is expected to be available soon. Sometimes it takes longer. If you’re on iOS 16 RC and haven’t removed the beta profile, you can check for the update by going to Settings > General > Software Update.
But if you’re on the public build, and want to test out the iOS 16.1 beta, you’ll need to install the beta profile on your iPhone. You will receive the update on your iPhone once you have installed the beta profile. Make sure to take a full backup of your iPhone and charge it to at least 50% before updating.