Apple rolls out another iPhone update: here’s everything you need to know

Cupertino-based Apple is all set to roll out another iPhone operating system, iOS 16.1 update, next Monday, the company announced in a press release. This new update launches for iPhone users with an iPhone or newer models, and adds quite a few features that weren’t available when iOS 16 launched in September.

Here are the upcoming features:

Access Apple Fitness+ without Apple Watch

The iPhone users with iOS 16.1 could subscribe to and access Apple Fitness+ even if they don’t have an Apple Watch.

Fitness+ is a subscription service with guided workouts and meditations that costs $9.99 per month or $79.99 per year. The technology giant offers three months of free Fitness+ with the purchase of a new iPhone, iPad or Apple TV.

In particular, if you’re training on Fitness+ without an Apple Watch, you won’t be able to see stats like calories burned or your real-time heart rate.

Clean Energy Charging iPhone

The iOS 16.1 update would also include Clean Energy Charging. Apple says this allows users to optimize charging for when cleaner energy sources are available, reducing your iPhone’s carbon footprint.

Clean energy charging is an option that can be selected in Settings > Battery > Battery status and charging. Under the Clean Energy Charging option, Apple says, “In your area, iPhone will try to reduce your carbon footprint by selectively charging when electricity with lower CO2 emissions is available. iPhone learns from your daily charging routine so it’s complete charged before you need to use it.”

iCloud Shared Photo Library

iOS 16.1 allows users to create a shared iCloud Photo Library instead of a standard iCloud shared album.

This allows users to invite up to five other people, or six in total, to a library where they can all add, delete, edit,

The Camera app is said to offer a new toggle that allows users to choose to automatically send photos to the shared library. So if a user is on vacation and takes some photos on the beach with a group of friends, anyone can take photos with the option enabled and see all the photos in the shared album.

Live activity for third-party apps

Once a user updates to iOS 16.1, her lock screen would include Live Activities, which shows information from sports games, ride-sharing apps like Uber, or updates about a food delivery order. So users can see how long it takes for the dinner to arrive.

This feature is especially useful on the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, which always have a screen so users can see new information.

Support for Matter accessories in the Home app

The iOS 16.1 would add support for new Matter accessories to the Home app. It allows users to control smart home accessories.

Matter is a new connectivity standard that aims to facilitate the use of all smart home accessories. The idea is to allow smart home devices to connect to home hubs, whether the hub is made by Apple, Google or Amazon.

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