Apple has another iPhone update coming on Monday. Here’s what’s new

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Apple’The latest update for its iPhone operating system, iOS 16.1, will be available on Monday, the company announced in a press release on Thursday.

It’s rolling out for iPhone users with an iPhone 8 or later models and adds some features that weren’t available when iOS 16 launched in September.

Here’s what’s coming.

Access Apple Fitness+ without an Apple Watch

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iPhone users running iOS 16.1 can subscribe to and access Apple Fitness+ even if they don’t have an Apple Watch.

Fitness+ is a guided workout and meditation subscription service that costs $9.99 per month or $79.99 per year. Apple is offering three months of Fitness+ free with the purchase of a new iPhone, iPad or Apple TV.

If you train on Fitness+ without an Apple Watch, you won’t be able to see metrics like calories burned or your real-time heart rate.

Clean energy to charge iPhone

The iOS 16.1 update will also include Clean Energy Charging. Apple says this will allow users to optimize charging when cleaner energy sources are available, helping reduce your iPhone’s carbon footprint.

Clean energy charging is an option you can select in Settings > Battery > Battery Health & Charging. Under the Clean Energy Charging option, Apple says, “In your region, iPhone attempts to reduce your carbon footprint by selectively charging when lower-carbon electricity is available. iPhone learns from your daily charging routine so it can reach a full charge before you need to use it.”

Shared iCloud Photo Library

Apple Shared Photo Library

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With IOS 16.1, you can create an iCloud Shared Photo Library instead of a standard iCloud Shared Album.

This allows you to invite up to five more people, or a total of six people, to a library where you can add, delete, edit, or add as favorites all the photos and videos.

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The Camera app offers a new toggle that allows users to automatically send photos to the shared library. So if you’re on vacation and taking some photos on the beach with a group of friends, with the option enabled, everyone can take photos and see all the photos in the shared album.

Live activity for third-party apps

Once you update to iOS 16.1, your lock screen will show live activity showing information from sports games, ridesharing services like Uber, or updates on a food delivery order. So you may be able to see how long it takes for dinner to get to your house and get information on how soon it will arrive. Or, as the screenshot below shows, the score, innings, and count of a baseball game with play updates. It’s most useful on the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, which have always-on displays so you can glimpse new information. You will see some apps starting Monday, but these need to be accepted by the developers, so more apps will be added later.

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It looks like this:

Live Activity on iOS 16.1.

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Support for Matter accessories in the Home app

iOS 16.1 will add support for new Matter accessories to the Home app, allowing users to control smart home accessories.

Matter is a new connectivity standard that tries to make it easier to use all your smart home accessories together, regardless of who created them. The idea is to let smart home devices connect to home hubs, regardless of whether the hub is made by Apple, Google, or Amazon. That means you should be able to go to the store and buy, say, a smart lightbulb without worrying about it working with your home system, as long as it supports Matter.

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