Apple Released iOS 16.1 Today | Adds Support for iCloud Shared Library, Fitness+, Matter and More

Apple Released iOS 16.1

Apple released iOS 16.1 to the general public today. This is the first major update to iOS 16 since its release in September. 

The new update can be downloaded on supported devices over the air by navigating to Settings > General > Software Update.

iOS 16.1 will be released to users worldwide over the next couple of hours and the update might take a while to appear on some devices due to high demand.

Apple Released iOS 16.1 To Users Today

With iOS 16.1, Apple has introduced new features that were not made available to the public with the launch of iOS 16.

Now, users will be able to experience iCloud Shared Photo Library on the iPhone and have Live Activities added to the lock screen as well as on the Dynamic Island on iPhone 14 Pro models.

Apple Released iOS 16.1
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The update also brings the new Fitness+ update to the iPhone and users will be able to track their health metrics without having to own an Apple Watch. 

iOS 16.1 also adds support for Matter, something users have been patiently waiting for and last but not least, the new update also includes a number of bug fixes such as the failure to launch CarPlay with a VPN connection and Dynamic Island content is not available when using Reachability.

Here is Apple’s release notes on iOS 16.1

iCloud Shared Photo Library

  • Separate library for seamlessly sharing photos and videos with up to five other people
  • Setup rules allow you to easily contribute past photos based on start date or people in the photos when you set up or join a library
  • Library filters for quickly switching between viewing the Shared Library, your Personal Library, or both libraries together
  • Shared edits and permissions let everyone add, edit, favorite, caption, and delete photos
  • Sharing toggle in Camera lets you choose to send photos you take straight to the Shared Library, or enable a setting to share automatically when other participants are detected nearby using Bluetooth

Live Activities

  • Live Activities from third party apps are available in the Dynamic Island and on the Lock Screen for iPhone 14 Pro models


  • Apple Fitness+ is supported on iPhone even if you do no€™t have an Apple Watch


  • Key sharing enables you to securely share car, hotel room, and other keys in Wallet using messaging apps such as Messages and WhatsApp
  • Savings account enables Apple Card customers to grow their Daily Cash by depositing it in a high yield savings account


  • Matter, the new smart home connectivity standard, is supported enabling a wide variety of smart home accessories to work together across ecosystems

Clean Energy Charging

  • New setting that can try to reduce your carbon footprint by selectively charging when lower carbon emission electricity is available


  • Reader controls are automatically hidden as you start reading

This update also includes bug fixes for your iPhone:

  • Deleted conversations may appear in the conversations list in Messages
  • Dynamic Island content is not available when using Reachability
  • CarPlay may fail to connect when using a VPN app

iOS 16.1 was launched alongside macOS 13 Ventura and iPadOS 16.1 which was inevitably delayed due to issues with Stage Manager.  

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