IPHONE users are just days away from claiming a huge free upgrade.
Apple will release new features on Monday, October 24th.
It will contain a lot of amazing iPhone hacks – and four of them are particularly exciting.
The update is called iOS 16.1 and will go live worldwide around the same time.
If you’re in the UK, it’s likely to land after 6pm in the evening – while Californians should watch out around 10am, and New Yorkers get it around noon.
Of course, Apple’s plans can change, so the rollout may take longer than expected.
Still, it should be visible to all by Tuesday, October 25th.
To check for the iPhone upgrade, go to Settings > General > Software Update.
You can download the update for free and get these four features…
Back in September, Apple introduced iOS 16, which gives users the ability to massively customize their iPhone lock screens.
This included the ability to add widgets to the lock screen for the first time.
And in the upcoming iOS 16.1 upgrade, Apple is adding a brand new widget type.
They are called live activities and they provide real-time information about ongoing events.
The big advantage of this is that live sports scores can be viewed right on your home screen.
Of course, live activities are not limited to sporting events.
“Live Activity is a new feature that helps users keep track of things happening in real-time, such as: Like a sports game, workout, rideshare, or ordering food delivery, right from the lock screen,” Apple explained.
That means you can also track how far your food delivery is from your address or how you’re doing with sports.
These live activity widgets are temporary and appear at the bottom of your iPhone lock screen – unlike the current widgets, which remain at the top of the display.
Apple Fitness+ is finally coming to iPhone without the need for an Apple Watch.
The service offers personalized workouts that stream to your eyes and ears via your iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV — but previously required ownership of an Apple Watch.
It costs £9.99/$9.99 per month or £79.99/$79.99 for an annual subscription.
And in iOS 16.1, it can be used on iPhone even if you don’t have an Apple-branded smartwatch.
New battery icon
Apple is also tweaking the iPhone’s new battery icon with a slightly fancier design.
Following are complaints from Apple fans about the fact that the battery icon didn’t drain when it was drained.
The new icon – introduced last month with iOS 16 – finally added a number representing the battery percentage.
This was a long-requested feature, but some iPhone users weren’t entirely happy.
Currently, the battery icon shows up to below 20% full – no matter what the percentage says.
Now a new version of the battery icon will deplete when it’s empty.
Charge with clean energy
Apple is also adding a new Clean Energy Charging option for eco-friendliness.
“In your region, iPhone will attempt to reduce your carbon footprint by selectively charging when lower-carbon power is available,” Apple said.
“iPhone learns from your daily charging routine so it can be fully charged before you need to use it.”
The feature is optional, so you don’t have to use it if you don’t want to.
The bad news is that not all users can get iOS 16.1.
If you can update to iOS 16 everything is fine, but it will still be missing on a very old iPhone model.
Here is a list of all devices supported by iOS 16 (and iOS 16.1):
- iPhone 14
- iPhone 14Plus
- iPhone 14 pro
- iPhone 14 pro max
- iPhone 13
- iPhone 13 mini
- iPhone 13 pro
- iPhone 13 Pro max
- iphone 12
- iPhone 12 mini
- iPhone 12 pro
- iPhone 12 pro max
- iPhone 11
- iPhone 11 pro
- iPhone 11 Pro max
- iPhone XS
- iPhone XS Max
- iPhone XR
- iPhone X
- iPhone 8
- iPhone 8plus
- iPhone SE (2nd generation or newer)
If you can’t get the latest iOS, you’ll lose access to the latest security fixes.
These are critical patches that close vulnerabilities used by hackers to gain access to your systems.
So using a very old iPhone that cannot be updated could put you at risk.
If you can’t update to iOS 16, you’d better update your iPhone sooner rather than later.
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