Apple revealed iOS 16, macOS Ventura, and watchOS 9 during the main keynote of WWDC22. These major software updates come packed with visual changes and handy features that further enrich Apple’s products. For example, the iPhone Lock Screen is now almost fully customizable. That’s not to mention widget support on said screen. Meanwhile, the Mac now has a more streamlined user interface that better matches that of iPadOS. Now that the Cupertino firm has publicly launched iOS 16.0, it has started working on next minor release. Lo and behold — iOS 16.1 beta 2 is now available to registered developers around the world.
We expect iOS 16.1 to include the Freeform app by the time it goes public. For the unfamiliar, Apple teased this app back in June, and it should launch later this year. It’s a limitless whiteboard with collaboration support. Think of it as a canvas to jumpstart your creative juices and plan ahead. It supports text, doodling, media and file insertion, etc. This way you can create the ultimate brainstorming thought web. The app still isn’t included in beta 2, though.
What’s new in iOS 16.1 beta 2
Fitness Plus without an Apple Watch
iOS 16.1 beta 2 introduces the ability to subscribe to Fitness Plus without needing an Apple Watch. The company shared that this change would occur during its Far Out event.
Game Center splash screen
iOS 16.1 beta 2 brings a new Game Center splash screen when visiting the respective section for the first time in the Settings app.
Lock Screen tweaks
iOS 16.1 beta 2 brings back the momentary battery percentage on the Lock Screen when you plug in your iPhone.
Battery Percentage tweaks
Clean Energy Charging
Clean Energy Charging is available in the U.S. and aims to reduce your carbon footprint by charging your iPhone during specific hours. These hours depend on when your grid is using cleaner energy sources.