Apple Rolls Out iOS 16.1 With New Features

Only a little over a month after delivering iOS 16 to the public, Apple has released iOS 16.1 to iPhones around the world. The new features and updates in iOS 16.1 are extensive, and they cover a wide range of topics, from Live Activities to Clean Energy Charging to iCloud Shared Photo Library and beyond. Here's where you can find out all you need to know…

Users of Apple's iPhones can now download iOS 16.1. To install a new version, open the Settings menu, select General, and finally select Software Update. All iOS 16-compatible iPhones (iPhone 8 and after) can download and install iOS 16.1. The update may take a few minutes to reach every iPhone, so if you don't see it straight away, keep checking back.

What is new in iOS 16.1? 

iCloud Shared Photo Library

  • Private photo and video archive that can be effortlessly shared with up to five other people
  • When you create or join a library, you may set up rules depending on the creation date of the library or the persons pictured inside the images to make it easy to submit older photos.
  • Filters within the library let you toggle between viewing only your library, only the shared library, or both libraries at once.
  • Everyone can add, edit, favorite, caption, and delete pictures because of the shared permissions system.
  • By toggling the sharing option in the camera, you can choose to automatically share captured images with nearby users over Bluetooth or manually select which photos you want to share.

Live Activities

  • For iPhone 14 Pro devices, the Dynamic Island and the Lock Screen now provide support for live Activities from third-party apps.



  • Using a messaging service like Messages or WhatsApp, you can safely give someone else access to your car, hotel room, and other keys stored in your Wallet.
  • Customers using Apple Cards can get a higher return on their daily cash deposits by opening a savings account.


  • When many ecosystems are enabled, a wide range of smart home accessories can communicate with one another and with Matter, the new smart home communication standard.

Clean Energy Charging

  • There's a new option that can help you cut down on your carbon output by only charging when electricity with fewer emissions is available.


  • As soon as you begin reading, the reader's controls disappear.

This update also includes bug fixes for your iPhone:

  • Even after you've deleted a chat, it may still show up in Messages.
  • If you're trying to access dynamic Island material while utilizing Reachability, you won't be able to.
  • A VPN app may prevent CarPlay from connecting.

Which of iOS 16.1's new features are you most looking forward to trying? Do tell in the feedback section.