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 3 is now available to registered developers around the world.
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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 as of beta 3, though.
What’s new in iOS 16.1 beta 3
In-App Content background download
iOS 16.1 beta 3 introduces a new In-App Content background download toggle in the App Store section of the Settings app. It is enabled by default and allows apps to download relevant content before a user launches them.
Tweaks to Wallpaper settings
iOS 16.1 beta 3 introduces a cleaner UI for the Wallpaper section in the Settings app. It allows users with multiple wallpaper/Lock Screen setups to easily switch between the different ones.
A previous beta build introduced a section for paired Matter accessories in the General Settings. iOS 16.1 beta 3 removes this section for the time being. Apple will likely reintroduce it in a future beta release.
We’re still in the process of digging through this build to uncover the other notable additions it may include. We will update this article once (and if) we discover anything else of value in iOS 16.1 beta 3. In the meantime, you can check Apple’s official Release Notes — where it has highlighted some of the known bugs and fixes.