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Apr 12, 2001

Apple today seeded the third beta of iOS 16.1 to developers for testing purposes, with the beta coming one week after the release of the second iOS 16.1 beta. The iOS 16.1 beta is also joined by the fourth beta of iPadOS 16.1, which is on a slightly different schedule as Apple started testing it prior to the launch of iOS 16.


Registered developers can download the iOS 16‌ and iPadOS 16 profiles from the Apple Developer Center, and once installed, the betas will be available over the air.

iOS 16.1 introduces support for Live Activities, the interactive notification feature that lets you keep an eye on things happening in real time right from the Lock Screen and, on the iPhone 14 Pro, the Dynamic Island.

Live Activities cannot be used at the current time as developers still need to update their apps to add support, but it will be available when iOS 16.1 launches. Developers have access to an ActivityKit API to begin getting their apps ready.

The update also introduces a new Clean Energy Charging feature in the United States that is designed to selectively charge when lower carbon emission electricity is available, plus it lays the groundwork for Matter, a new smart home standard that Apple plans to begin supporting this fall.

Matter will allow for interoperability between smart devices from different companies, and Apple, Google, Samsung, Amazon, and others are working on support.

The second beta of iOS 16.1 tweaked the design of the battery status bar icon, adding a visual indication of charge level. It also changed the battery font, updated the Lock Screen charging indicator, and fixed a copy and paste bug.

Other new features in the update include a deletable Wallet app, changes to the Lock Screen customizing interface, and more, with details available in our iOS 16.1 feature guide.

Article Link: Apple Seeds New Betas of iOS 16.1 and iPadOS 16.1 to Developers


macrumors G3
Nov 9, 2015
Silicon Valley, CA
Beta 4 is not out.
Caught that, thanks. They still ID it as iPadOS 16 beta 10 for notes. Look at the this site for laughs. :D

Released today
  • iOS 16.1 beta 3 (20B5056e) - September 27, 2022
  • iPadOS 16 beta 10 (20B5056e) - September 27, 2022
  • macOS 13 beta 9 (22A5358e) - September 27, 2022
  • watchOS 9.1 beta 3 (20S5055e) - September 27, 2022
  • tvOS 16.1 beta 3 (20K5052c) - September 27, 2022
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macrumors 6502a
Sep 8, 2013
Anyone else annoyed by the new video player in iOS 16? I really wish they would give us the option to switch to the old player. I move around a lot while watching YouTube videos and I keep accidentally touching the screen and scrubbing the video. They also removed the ability to play multiple videos at once. It worked just fine all through 15 and was actually pretty handy.


macrumors 6502a
Sep 30, 2021
I don’t want to install a beta, so the real 16.1 can’t come fast enough


macrumors 6502
Aug 27, 2016
Bucharest, Romania
Judging by the letter at the end of the build number (e now, was f on last build) I expect about 5 weeks until RC/final release (4 more weekly betas, then RC). So, Tuesday, November 1st could be the release day for RC.


macrumors 68040
Jun 9, 2021
Seems we are starting to see signs that Apple recognizes they have set too ambitious a schedule for themselves.

Many of the features are delayed and it seems refinement is finally in order.

Maybe next year they will learn their lesson and compartmentalize more from the start.

Yes they surprised everyone with Dynamic Island but they clearly spent too much time on it.
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