Apple Seeds Second Public Beta of iOS 16.1

Apple today seeded the second beta of an upcoming iOS 16.1 update to public beta testers, with the beta coming one week after Apple seeded the first public beta. Apple has also seeded a new public beta of iPadOS 16.1 and a new public beta of watchOS 9.1.

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Public beta testers who have signed up for Apple's free beta testing program can download the ‌iOS 16.1‌ beta over the air after installing the proper certificate from the Public Beta website.

Apple says that iOS 16.1 will introduce Live Activities, an interactive notification feature designed to let you keep an eye on things happening in real time. Live Activities will be available on the Lock Screen and Dynamic Island, but you won't see them in the beta because developers are still working on implementing support.

The update includes a Clean Energy Charging feature in the United States that causes the iPhone to selectively charge at times when lower carbon emission electricity is available, plus it lays the groundwork for Matter, a smart home standard that Apple plans to begin supporting this fall.

The second developer beta of iOS 16.1 tweaked the design of the battery status bar icon, adding a visual indication of charge level. It also changed the battery font, updated the Lock Screen charging indicator, and fixed a copy and paste bug.

Other new features include a deletable Wallet app, changes to the Lock Screen customizing interface, and more, with details available in our iOS 16.1 feature guide.

Related Roundups: iOS 16, iPadOS 16
Related Forum: iOS 16

Top Rated Comments

CarAnalogy Avatar
2 weeks ago
Considering getting on the beta program just to get fixes faster, considering the quality of the public release.

Tell us beta testers, has it fixed any of the issues that have affected you?
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
cbcasas Avatar
2 weeks ago
If you have a 14 Pro/Pro Max and DON'T have the camera shaking bug, this beta will introduce that. So probably don't update until beta 3 if your camera isn't vibrating/shaking/freaking out.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ZS88 Avatar
2 weeks ago

Call me crazy, but I'm updating lol. Really hoping to fix the GPS, which I use of the things that are 'broken'.
16.1 DB/PB2 does fix the GPS issue.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MrRom92 Avatar
2 weeks ago
After how buggy iOS 16 was compared to previous beta cycles… no thanks! I’ll wait for the final.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ghanwani Avatar
2 weeks ago

Call me crazy
You're crazy! :D
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
skiguy45 Avatar
2 weeks ago
16.1 PB 1 was very buggy compared to 16. For instance, if you opened a folder, you couldn't swipe to the next page of the folder at all. At one point couldn't swipe between pages of the home screen. A hard restart seemed to fix that. Your milage may vary. I'm on a 12 mini.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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