iOS 16.1 beta 2 now available to developers, here’s what’s new

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iOS 16.1 beta 1

A week after releasing iOS 16.1 beta 1, Apple is seeding beta 2 to developers. This version brings Clean Energy Charging, Live Activities API support, and more. Here’s what’s new.

Today’s build is 20B5050f. Here are some of the features users are expecting Apple to introduce later this year:

Live Activities: Live Activities help you stay on top of things that are happening in real-time, right from your Lock Screen; Live Activities API: Follow an ongoing sports game or track the progress of your ride or order with just a glance. Glance at Live Activities from your favorite third-party apps with the new developer API; Matter support: Matter is a new smart home connectivity standard that will enable compatible accessories to work together seamlessly, across platforms; iCloud Shared Photo Library: A new way for families a new way to share photos seamlessly with a separate iCloud library that up to six users can collaborate on, contribute to, and enjoy. Users can choose to share existing photos from their personal libraries, or share based on a start date or people in the photos Clean Energy Charging: Clean Energy Charging aims to decrease the carbon footprint of the iPhone by optimizing charging times for when the grid is using cleaner energy sources

Developers can update their iPhone to iOS 16.1 beta 2 by heading to the Settings app, choosing General, then choosing Software update. Apple has also released new developer profiles that can be installed on the iPhone 14 devices as well. 

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