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Apple is preparing another major iPhone update

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Apple is preparing another major update for the iPhone shortly after the new iOS 16 download arrived.

This week Apple rolled out a major new software update for its phones. The download brought a bunch of new features, including a redesigned lock screen and the option to delete sent messages.

However, some of the key features originally promised for iOS 16 have been left out. Notable among them was Live Activity, a tool that allows notifications to display ever-changing information like sports scores on the lock screen.

This feature was promoted even more heavily with the iPhone 14 Pro and its “Dynamic Island”. It’s a pane at the top of the display that can show notifications as well as information from those live activities.

Now Apple has confirmed that it is working on iOS 16.1, the first major update for this new operating system. And it brings those live activities to iPhone.

This was confirmed by the first beta, which was released to testers on Thursday evening. Members of the public can sign up through Apple’s website to receive these updates – although they come with the warning that they may also contain bugs.

The live activities themselves are not yet visible to users as they need to be integrated by the developers.

The iOS 16.1 update also adds a new “Clean Energy Charging” feature in the US, which allows the phone to track times when the power grid is using more sustainable sources and save on charging for those times.

Some other features announced with iOS 16 are still pending, even in iOS 16.1. This includes new ways to share photo libraries, so two parents can work together on a series of pictures of their child, for example.

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