iOS 16.1 beta 4 is now available for developers

iOS 16.1 beta 4 is now rolling out to developers as Apple prepares for a wider release sometime this fall. iOS 16.1 adds a number of new features to iPhone, including live activities, clean energy charging, changes to the lock screen, a redesigned battery percentage icon, and more.

Developers can update their iPhone to iOS 16.1 beta 4 by going to the Settings app, selecting General, then selecting Software Update. The update will likely hit public beta testers as soon as sometime later this afternoon. The build number is 20B5064c.

As a refresher, here’s a rundown of some of the biggest changes in iOS 16.1 so far:

  • Live activities: Live Activities helps you keep track of things happening in real time, right from your lock screen;
  • Live Activities API: Follow a sports game in progress, track the progress of your trip, or order with just a glance. Watch Live activities from your favorite third-party apps with the new developer API;
  • The Apple Wallet app can be deleted: OS 16.1 now lets users delete the Wallet app for the first time. As you’d expect, deleting the Wallet app means you won’t be able to use a variety of features, including Apple Pay, Apple Cash and Apple Card;
  • Case support: Matter is a new connectivity standard for smart homes that enables compatible accessories to work seamlessly together across platforms;
  • iCloud Shared Photo Library: A new way for families 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;
  • Pure energy charging: Clean Energy Charging aims to reduce the CO2 footprint of the iPhone by optimizing charging times for when the grid uses cleaner energy sources;
  • Battery percentage for multiple iPhones: After first rolling out late in the iOS 16 beta cycle, the battery percentage icon is now also available on the iPhone XR, iPhone 11, iPhone 12 mini, and iPhone 13 mini.

In addition to iOS 16.1 beta 4, here’s what else Apple is rolling out today:

  • iPadOS 16 beta 11
  • macOS Monterey 12.6.1 beta
  • macOS Venture beta 10
  • tvOS 16.1 beta 4

Do you see any changes in today’s iOS 16.1 beta 4 release? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter @9to5Mac. Stay tuned for our full hands-on coverage of the new releases right here at 9to5Mac today and the rest of the week.


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