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Apple Releases New Betas of iOS 16.1 & iPadOS 16.1 to Developers for Testing – Here’s What’s New

Apple Releases New Betas of iOS 16.1 & iPadOS 16.1 to Developers for Testing – Here’s What’s New

Apple today seeded the second beta of iOS 16.1 and the third beta of iPadOS 16.1 updates to developers. (The two betas are on a different release schedule.) The updates come two days after the release of iOS 16 to the public.

The beta builds are available to developers through the Apple Developer Center or over the air on the devices with the proper configuration installed.

New features in the second iOS 16.1 beta includes an update to the battery percentage in the battery icon in the status bar on Face ID-equipped iPhones, as the battery icon now shows a visual indication of the charge level. Apple has also updated the font that’s used for the battery icon, slightly increasing the size.

When an ‌iPhone‌ is charging, the battery percentage is now displayed above the time when the ‌iPhone‌ first starts charging and when it is woken from sleep during the charging process.

The constant copy and paste prompts that ‌iOS 16‌ users are seeing have been addressed in iOS 16.1, and users no longer need to approve each and every copy and paste attempt.

Unfortunately, the bug causing the ‌iPhone 14 Pro‌ rear camera to shake and vibrate has apparently not been addressed in the second iOS 16.1 beta. Apple has said that the issue will be fixed in an ‌iOS 16‌ update due next week, which is expected to be an iOS 16.0.2 release.

Other changes in iOS 16.1 beta 2 are as follows:


Resolved in iOS 16.1 beta 2

  • Fixed: To pair Matter accessories, a profile must first be installed on your device. (99832852)
  • Fixed: Removing Apple Home from the Matter accessory Connected Services menu in Home doesn’t remove the accessory tile. (77681079)
  • Fixed: You might be unable to pair a Matter accessory if the accessory is already paired to a third-party ecosystem. (99671133)

Known issues

  • You might receive an alert to turn on Wi-Fi when pairing a Matter accessory. (98460235)

    Workaround: Ensure your device is connected to your Wi-Fi network.

  • Adjusting the color or color temperature might result in an unexpected color set on a Matter accessory. (98578966)
  • Accessory details might not open if a Matter accessory is unreachable. (99232316)
  • You might be unable to pair using a Matter ECM code via the Matter Support Framework pairing API. (99232681)

    Workaround: Use More Options in the QR code pairing flow to select the accessory you’d like to pair.

  • Uncertified accessory notifications might appear when pairing Matter accessories. (99502842)
  • The device that initiates the pairing needs to use the same iCloud account as the home hub. Only the owner of a home, not an invited user, can pair Matter accessories. (76012945)

Memory Allocation

Known Issues

  • The system memory allocator free operation zeroes out all deallocated blocks in iOS 16.1 beta or later. Invalid accesses to free memory might result in new crashes or corruption, including NULL-pointer dereferences and non-zero memory being returned from calloc. (97449075)


Resolved in iOS 16.1 beta 2

  • Fixed: Postbacks might have an expectedly long time delay. (99637298)

As usual, MacTrast and Apple both warn users to not install any betas on their daily driver iPhone or iPad. Instead, only install betas on a device set aside for testing purposes.