Apple seeds iOS 16.1 beta 2 and iPadOS 16.1 beta 3 to developers

Apple has released iOS 16.1 beta 2 and iPadOS 16.1 beta 3 to developers. The update is available over the air as well as via Apple Developer Center.

Apple released iOS 16 with a number of new features including lock screen customization, Focus enhancements, updates to Mail, Health, Fitness, Safari, Messages, Family Sharing, Live Text, Visual Lookup, and much more.

iOS 16.1 iPadOS 16.1 beta

What’s new in iOS 16.1 and iPadOS 16.1 beta?

iOS 16.1 beta 2 and iPadOS 16.1 beta 3

September 20 – Apple has released iOS 16.1 beta 2 and iPadOS 16.1 beta 3 to developers.

  • The battery percentage indicator in the status bar has been updated again. It now shows the battery status visually, alongside the percentage.

  • Apple has changed how the “Allow Paste” feature works in beta 2. You only see the “Allow Paste” pop-up when an app automatically tries to access the clipboard. If you try to copy and paste something manually, you will not see the pop-up anymore.
  • The lock screen charging indicator has also made a comeback. This is missing in the public iOS 16 release.

iOS 16.1 beta 1 and iPadOS 16.1 beta 2

September 15 – Apple has released the public beta updates to testers.

September 14 – Apple has released iOS 16.1 beta 1, and iPadOS 16.1 beta 2 to developers. There have been many delayed features that were cut from the final iOS 16 release, so it is expected that iOS 16.1 will ship with the following updates:

  • iCloud Shared Photo Library
  • Live Activities and Live Activities API
  • Focus filter
  • Freeform
  • Game Center: SharePlay support and deeper contacts integration
  • Matter support
  • Clean Energy Charging

As per release notes, Apple has included Matter support, and some bug fixes in these updates. We expect more new features to be included in upcoming beta updates.

Everything new in iOS 16.1 and iPadOS 16.1 beta 2

  • Clean Energy Charging feature is now available under Settings > Battery > Battery Health and Charging
  • Battery percentage is now available on iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 11, and iPhone XR.
  • Live Activities API is back with iPhone 14 Pro Dynamic Island support in this beta build.
  • Lock Screen customization sees some improvements with the ability to select different wallpapers for home screen and lock screen.
  • Apple has included support for Matter smart home standard. It’s early days, and users need to install a profile to pair Matter compatible accessories.
  • Screenshots menu has been redesigned.
  • Music app icon for headphones is now larger.
  • Game center now features an option “Allow finding by friends”. This uses email address and phone number associated with a user’s Apple ID.
  • Apple Wallet app can now be deleted.
  • Stage Manager sees a bunch of updates:
    • App windows can now be dragged from iPad display to an external display.
    • You can add more windows to an app using the “+” button, which was previously non-functional.
    • You can easily see all open windows for an app by clicking an app’s icon in the dock or pressing Globe key + down arrow key.

Does your device support iOS 16.1 and iPadOS 16.1?

The following devices are compatible with these beta updates:

  • iPhone 8 and later
  • iPad Pro (all models)
  • iPad Air 3 and later
  • iPad 5th generation and later
  • iPad mini 5 and later

Apple has dropped support for iPhone SE (1st generation), iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7, and iPhone 7 Plus with iOS 16.x updates.

Install iOS 16.1 and iPadOS 16.1 beta

If you have an Apple Developer Center membership, you can download the beta profiles to enroll your device in the beta program. Apple Developer Center also allows you to download beta restore images for your iPhone or iPad. If you do not have a membership, you will have to spend $99 per year to sign up. However, you can always find the beta profile, which is required to enroll an iPhone or iPad in the beta program, from Reddit or other sources.

You can also wait for the public beta, which should be available soon and are free to use.

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