Apple has this week released iOS 16.1 to compatible iPhone models. The update was pushed out on Monday 24th October and can be installed on any device capable of running iOS 16, this means iPhone 8 and later, sadly the latest iPod touch was missed out from this update.

To install the new update, go to Settings > General > Software Update.

iOS 16.1 contains many features Apple couldn’t get ready in time for the general release of iOS 16 last month, this includes Live Activities, iCloud Shared Photo Library and more.

Release Notes

iCloud Shared Photo Library
– Separate library for seamlessly sharing photos and videos with up to five other people
– Setup rules allow you to easily contribute past photos based on start date or people in the photos when you set up or join a library
– Library filters for quickly switching between viewing the Shared Library, your Personal Library, or both libraries together
– Shared edits and permissions let everyone add, edit, favorite, caption, and delete photos
– Sharing toggle in Camera lets you choose to send photos you take straight to the Shared Library, or enable a setting to share automatically when other participants are detected nearby using Bluetooth

Live Activities
– Live Activities from third party apps are available in the Dynamic Island and on the Lock Screen for iPhone 14 Pro models

– Apple Fitness+ is supported on iPhone even if you don’t have an Apple Watch

– Key sharing enables you to securely share car, hotel room, and other keys in Wallet using messaging apps such as Messages and WhatsApp

– Matter, the new smart home connectivity standard, is supported enabling a wide variety of smart home accessories to work together across ecosystems

Clean Energy Charging
– New setting that can try to reduce your carbon footprint by selectively charging when lower carbon emission electricity is available

– Reader controls are automatically hidden as you start reading

This update also includes bug fixes for your iPhone:
– Deleted conversations may appear in the conversations list in Messages
– Dynamic Island content is not available when using Reachability
– CarPlay may fail to connect when using a VPN app

This update joins, macOS 13, iPadOS 16.1, tvOS 16.1, HomePod software 16.1 and watchOS 9.1. All of which were released yesterday.