According to a press release from Apple on Thursday, the Cupertino-based tech giant will be launching its newest update to the iPhone operating system, on Monday.
Apple’s iOS 16.1 update will allow iPhone, iPad and Apple TV users to access Fitness+ even if they don’t have an Apple Watch, among many other updates. The iOS 16.1 update will also include Clean Energy Charging. Apple says this will let users optimize charging for when cleaner energy sources are available, helping to decrease your iPhone’s carbon footprint.
Clean Energy Charging is an option you can select in Settings > Battery > Battery Health & Charging. Under the Clean Energy Charging option, Apple says, “In your region, iPhone will try to reduce your carbon footprint by selectively charging when lower carbon emission electricity is available. iPhone learns from your daily charging routine so it can reach full charge before you need to use it.”
Next up, IOS 16.1 will also let you create an iCloud Shared Photo Library instead of a standard shared iCloud album. This will allow you to invite up to five other people, or six in total, to a library where you can all add, delete, edit or favorite photos and videos.
The Camera app will offer a new toggle that allows users to choose to send photos to the shared library automatically. So, if you’re on vacation with a group of friends, everyone can snap pictures with this option turned on and see all of the photos in the shared album.
Also, once you update to iOS 16.1 your lock screen will feature Live Activities, which shows information from sports games, ride-sharing apps like Uber, or updates on a food delivery order.
Lastly, through the new update, support for new Matter accessories will also be added to the Home app, which lets users control smart home accessories.