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12 Big Features Hit Your iPhone Soon With iOS 16.1 « iOS & iPhone :: Gadget Hacks

It hasn’t been long since Apple released iOS 16.0 with over 350 new features, but iOS 16.1 follows up with even cooler updates for your iPhone. Some of the recent upgrades were expected, while others were somewhat surprising.

Apple’s iOS 16.1 update is still in beta testing, but if you want to start testing the following features before anyone else, you can install the beta on your iPhone today. Some of these features are still visible in iPadOS 16.1 for iPad, which is still in beta.

1. The battery percentage number is high

With iOS 16.0, Apple finally added a switch to the Face ID device battery settings to enable the battery percentage in the status bar. With this update, the percentage is displayed inside the battery icon, and in iOS 16.1 the numbers are larger and easier to see. Below are the icons before and after light and dark modes.

2. More iPhone Battery Level

With iOS 16.0, you can add battery percentage to the battery icon in the status bar of Face ID devices, but it’s not available for all Face ID models.Specifically the iPhone XR., 11, 12 mini, and 13 mini are omitted, probably because of their smaller displays. The iOS 16.1 update added support for these models, so you can now get the new battery icon on all iPhone models that can run iOS 16.

3. Clean energy charging

[設定]–>[バッテリー]Go to[バッテリーの状態と充電]menu (previously[バッテリーの状態]was the only one),[クリーン エネルギー充電]A new option will appear.

Apple says that iPhone “attempts to reduce its carbon footprint by selectively charging when low-carbon power is available.” Additionally, it states that the iPhone “learns from your daily charging routine so it can reach full charge before use.”

This setting should be automatically enabled by default, but the “Learn More” link goes to a web page that doesn’t exist. This should come into effect when iOS 16.1 stable is released.

4. Live activities

It’s time for live action. Appears at the bottom of your iPhone’s lock screen, and in the Dynamic Island on iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max models, showing real-time updates with the latest app data.

A live sports game on the Apple TV app is just one example of what you can do with Live Activities. Select live games available in your region from the live sports section and[フォロー]Tap the button. If you have an iPhone 14 Pro or 14 Pro Max, you’ll see commentary and real-time scores on your lock screen and dynamic islands. At this time, it can only work with MLB games.

According to Apple, live activities can only be active for up to 8 hours on dynamic islands, but can be active for up to 12 hours on the lock screen. So on iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max, live activities disappear from dynamic islands after 8 hours, but remain on the lock screen for up to 4 hours. Of course, you can stop following live activity at any time.

A dynamic island live activity also has four different display modes: compact top view, compact tail view, minimal view, and expanded view.

5. Live Activity API

Live Activities isn’t just available in Apple’s apps. Third-party developers can incorporate it into their apps using the new ActivityKit framework. Examples of activities that can be tracked include rides from Uber or Lyft, package deliveries from UPS or FedEx, food deliveries from GrubHub or DoorDash, pick-up orders from Starbucks or Target, and workouts with Nike or Health.

The developer is currently building a live activity for the app, but we won’t be able to try it until we see the iOS 16.1 stable release. This is because developers cannot submit updated apps to the App Store using Live Activities until the latest beta build, iOS 16.1 Release Candidate, is available. You may be able to find TestFlight’s beta app experimenting with live activities.

6. New shortcut actions

The iOS 16.0 update added nearly 60 new actions to the Shortcuts app, and iOS 16.1 added a few more. The other is Find by Shortcut in the Shortcuts app, which opens a shortcut and performs a search for the specified text.

7. Delete Apple Wallet

If you don’t use Apple Pay, Apple Cash, Apple Card, or store loyalty cards and tickets in Apple Wallet, you can eventually delete the Apple Wallet app. Previously, you could only remove it from your home screen and hide it in your app library, but now you can remove it completely.

8. Lock screen customization changes

Apple is less confusing lock screen and home screen customization in iOS 16.1.Now you can use the lock screen switcher to change the lock screen[カスタマイズ]Each time you press the button, you will be given the option to edit the lock screen or home screen wallpaper.

Previously,[カスタマイズ]was jumping directly to the lock screen editor. Once edited, you will be given the option to “Set as Wallpaper Pair” or “Customize Home Screen”. If you add a new lock screen, you will still see these two options.

9. Screenshot editor changes

If you tap the thumbnail to open the editor after taking a screenshot, everything should look the same until you exit the editor. When you tap Done, instead of a large action sheet that takes up the bottom half of the screen (left screenshot below),[完了]A small context menu appears near the button itself (bottom right screenshot).

10. iCloud Shared Photo Library

If you’re using Family Sharing to share content with your partner, kids, or other family members, we’ve added another feature that lets you take advantage of your iCloud Shared Photo Library. It can be shared with up to 5 people, and everyone can add, edit, favorite, caption, and delete content.

You can include all photos in your shared library, or use the setup tool to include only specific content based on start date or group. You can also add content manually or share media automatically using a switch in the camera app, a Bluetooth proximity trigger, or from For You sharing suggestions.

Content from your iCloud Shared Photo Library may appear in the Photos Widget, under For You Featured Photos, or as a Remembrance Video.

Image via Apple

11. Project support

A new unified open connectivity standard for Home apps, Siri, Control Center and HomeKit-based apps, Matter enables secure IP-based communication between a wide range of compatible smart home devices and accessories.

A royalty-free protocol designed by the Connectivity Standards Alliance, which includes hundreds of companies such as Apple, Amazon, and Google, to make devices and accessories from different companies work seamlessly across platforms. According to Apple, it “provides customers more choice and interoperability.”

Amazon Echo, Google Home, and Samsung SmartThings are just a few of the smart home technologies that work with Matter. A home hub such as an Apple TV or HomePod device is required to use Matter accessories.

12. Improved Game Center

The Contacts app shows your friends’ Game Center profiles. Tap to see what games your friends are playing and achievements they’ve completed. Game Center also has a new toggle to allow friends to find you, and a new splash screen to help friends find you.

Make it easier for your Game Center friends to find you based on the name they gave you in the Contacts app. To do this, Game Center uses the email address and phone number associated with your Apple ID.

Multiplayer games that work with Game Center are expected to work with SharePlay as well, so you can play games with your friends during a FaceTime call.

What am I missing?

There are several features announced by Apple later this year that are not yet fully implemented in iOS 16.1. For example, share keys via messaging apps, start live activities from spotlight search results, app clip live activities, new freeform, and more. app.

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