iOS 16.1: Apple is full of new features for old iPhones

While the final version of iOS 16 has just been released, Apple has released the beta version of iOS 16.1 for developers. The next major iteration of iOS 16 will bring key features like the battery percentage indicator to older iPhone Minis and notched ones.

  • iOS 16.1 is available for beta testers
  • New version brings battery percentage indicator, more lock screen customizations and more

The biggest novelty and also the biggest surprise of the iOS 16.1 beta is the battery percentage indicator. Outside of the standard and Pro models, Apple hasn’t specified whether other iPhones will get the battery percentage indicator. It seems that would be the case as shown by the latest beta version of the iPhone OS.

After the update, iPhone 12 and 13 Mini users will receive the same battery percentage display option that they will need to enable from the settings. The iPhone 11 and XR are also compatible with this feature.

iOS 16.1: Interesting new features for older iPhones

Along with the usual bug fixes, iOS 16.1 will bring several other changes. Apple has made it easier to customize the Lock screen and Home screen with this update. Also, it is now easier to manage screenshots as the interface has been refreshed, offering less bulky buttons.

Other features like a new “Matter Accesories” section for connected devices and eco-friendly battery charging were also introduced. The latter is Cupertino’s latest initiative to amplify green and sustainable energy. It intelligently selects when to charge your iPhone with the lowest carbon energy.

You can check out the list of what’s new in iOS 16.1 below:

  • Battery percentage icon for iPhone 12 and 13 Mini, iPhone XR and iPhone 11.
  • Easier lock screen and home screen customization
  • Clean energy charging option
  • Updated screenshot interface
  • Added Live Activities
  • Section Matter Accessories
  • Bug fixes

If you signed up for Apple’s beta program, you can now download the update, which is quite large. On the other hand, iOS 16 has been rolled out to all users. And if you haven’t updated yet, you can read our full guide to iOS 16 to find out what’s new.


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