As expected, Apple released for everyone, this Monday (24), the latest version of its mobile operating system, the iOS 16.1. Along with it, were also launched the iPadOS 16.1 and macOS 13 Ventura — both in testing since June, the month they were announced, during WWDC22.
iOS 16.1 arrives with incremental improvements over its original version. one of them is the iCloud Shared Photo Librarywhich makes sharing photos with family and friends even easier in the Photos app.
With this feature, users will be able to add up to five people to a library accessed via iCloud for the group to view, add, comment on or edit photos that should become memorable.
A new feature in iOS 16.1 was the Live Activities (or “Activities Live”, in free translation), which now work with third-party apps. With them, users will be able to easily follow events in real time, such as the delivery of an order or a football match, for example.
On iPhones 14, 14 Plus and earlier, the live activities will always appear at the bottom of the screen. On iPhones 14 Pro and Pro Max, with the device unlocked, they will be shown on Dynamic Island; otherwise, they will work as in the other models.
Owners of iPhone XR, 11 and Mini models, here’s the good news: in the new iOS update, the option to enable percentage on battery icon is finally available to you.
In this version of iOS, too, the Apple Fitness+ will be available to users who do not have an Apple Watch.
The service will work similarly for those who have the watch, although it will not show real-time metrics such as heart rate and the amount of calories burned during exercise.
The standard support matter also arrived in the newest system update. Officially released earlier this monththe connectivity protocol promises to make smart home products compatible with each other regardless of their brands.
iOS 16.1 brings with it a new way to charge your device: it’s called Clean Energy Charging.
According to Apple, it “aims to decrease the iPhone’s carbon footprint by optimizing charging times for when the grid is using cleaner energy sources.” For now, it is only available in the US.
Furthermore, users of Apple Card may invest your money in a savings account. The difference, according to the company, is that daily cashback can go straight to it, with no fees, minimum deposits or minimum balance requirements. Like the card, the new tool is only available for the US.
THE Dynamic Island also received support for the Reachability feature on the iPhones 14 Pro and Pro Max, making it easier to use the device with one hand.
Finally, iOS 16.1 lets you share keys stored in the Wallet app via messaging apps — whether they’re for cars, home or hotel rooms.
Highlight of iPadOS 16.1 is Stage Manager
The main differentiator of this update to last year’s version is the easier way the company has developed for users to switch between applications.
And not only that: you can still see more clearly what’s open and choose different ways to organize them — it’s called Stage Manager.
When you turn on the feature, apps are arranged in a column on the side, with a main app open in the middle of the screen. It is possible to switch freely between the software, which should help during the development of a complex job.
Another novelty of the new iPadOS is the freeform, a function that will allow cooperative work with friends via the device. The function will work as a blank canvas where different people can scribble and annotate with Apple Pencil. It is still possible to include links, documents, videos and audios on the wall.
iPadOS 16.1 arrives for the following models: iPad Pro (all generations), iPad Air (3rd generation or higher), iPad (5th generation or higher) and iPad Mini (5th generation or higher).
macOS 13 Ventura has more efficient Safari and new Spotlight
The system aimed at Apple’s desktop devices, macOS 13 Venturaalso arrives with subtle changes when compared to the previous version, but that points to a certain maturation of the OS.
Just like iPadOS, its big highlight is in the Stage Manager. Here, the company promised a more energy-efficient Safari, faster and with new features.
In this update, iPhone users will be able to use them as a webcam on desktop devices quickly and conveniently. Finally, the Cupertino giant redesigned the interface in Spotlight, which is now smarter and more modern.
Are compatible with macOS 13 Ventura: Macs with M1 and M2 chips and some models that have an Intel chip, that is, as long as they were released from at least 2017.