5 Things to Know About the iOS 16.1 Update
Apple’s pushed its iOS 16.1 update to iPhone users.
iOS 16.1 is the company’s first milestone upgrade for iOS 16 and it brings more than just bug fixes and security patches to iPhone users. It delivers some new features as well.
With that in mind we want to take you through everything you need to know about Apple’s latest and greatest iOS 16 update for the iPhone.
In this walkthrough we’ll take you through iOS 16.1’s changes, the update’s performance, the current state of iOS 16.1 problems, the iOS 16.1 jailbreak status, and more. We’ll start with some thoughts on iOS 16.1’s performance.
iOS 16.1 Review
If your iPhone is currently running iOS 16.0.3, you’ll see the smallest iOS 16.1 download size.
For iOS 16.0.3 users, the iOS 16.1 download will be around 985 MB. You can expect a similar size for other iPhone models running the previous version of iOS 16.
The exact size of the iOS 16.1 download depends on your iPhone model and the version of iOS it’s currently running. If your device is running an older version of iOS, you’ll likely see a bigger download because your update comes with the changes from the updates you skipped.
If you’re moving up from iOS 16.1, the installation process should take 10 minutes or less to complete. It took about seven minutes to install on an iPhone 12 Pro.
We’ve been using iOS 16.1 on an iPhone 12 Pro for several days now and here’s what we’ve learned about the software’s performance thus far:
- Battery life is stable.
- Wi-Fi connectivity is fast and reliable.
- Bluetooth is working normally.
- GPS and cellular data are both stable.
- Third-party apps including Netflix, Dark Sky, Twitter, Slack, Asana, Gmail, Chrome, and Spotify are working fine at the moment.
- First party apps like Safari and Podcasts are also stable.
- iOS 16.1 feels as fast as iOS 16.0.3.
If you’ve been dealing with bugs and/or performance issues on iOS 16.0.3 or an older version of iOS 16, you should probably install the iOS 16.1 update in the near future.
If you need help making a decision about an upgrade to iOS 16.1, check out our reasons to, and not to, install the software on your iPhone right now.
iOS 16.1 Problems
iOS 16.1 is causing problems for some iPhone users. Some of these problems are brand new, others have carried over from previous versions of iOS.
The current list of iOS 16.1 problems includes battery life issues, installation issues, Wi-Fi problems, Bluetooth issues, UI lag, issues with Face ID, and issues with various apps.
If you encounter a problem, have a look at our list of fixes for common iOS 16 issues. We’ve also released some tips that could help you improve your phone’s performance and some tips that could help you fix iOS 16 battery life issues should you run into them.
Apple recently stopped signing on iOS 16.0.3 which means you can’t move your iPhone’s software back to the previous version of iOS 16 an effort to improve your iPhone’s performance. You can’t downgrade to other versions of iOS either.
Keep this in mind if you’re having a good experience on your phone’s current version of iOS. Once you make the move to iOS 16.1, you won’t be able to get back.
For more on the downgrade process, check out our guide.
iOS 16.1 Features
Apple’s milestone updates (x.x) typically bring new features, enhancements, security patches, and bug fixes to iPhone users and that’s what you get from iOS 16.1.
Here’s the full iOS 16.1 change log:
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 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 don’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.
- 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.
- Fixes an issue where deleted conversations may appear in the conversations list in Messages.
- Fixes an issue where Dynamic Island content is not available when using Reachability.
- Fixes an issue where CarPlay may fail to connect when using a VPN app.
iOS 16.1 also brings important security patches with it and you can learn more about them over on the company’s security website.
iOS 16.1 Jailbreak
If you still jailbreak, make sure you avoid the iOS 16.1 update.
We don’t expect developers to release a tool that’s compatible with iOS 16 today or at any point in the near future. If you still jailbreak, keep an eye out for new information. We’ll let you know when we learn more.
Apple is reportedly working on an iOS 16.1.1 update and the software is slated to fix lingering bugs. It’s unclear when the software will arrive though we suspect it will land sooner rather than later.
The company’s confirmed a new version of iOS 16 and iOS 16.2 is currently in beta testing. The iOS 16.2 release date is expected to land in December.
iOS 16.2 is a milestone upgrade which means it will bring a mix of new features, bug fixes, and security enhancements to iPhone users.
If you can’t/don’t want to wait for the official release date, you might try downloading the iOS 16.2 beta and see if it helps iron out any issues you’re seeing.
For more on iOS 16.2 and the beta, have a look at our walkthrough. For more about the iOS 16.2 release date, check out our guide.
Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman says Apple is also working on a new iOS 16.3 update and it will likely arrive in February or March of next year.
Install iOS 16.5 for Better Security
If security is important to you, think about installing Apple's iOS 16.5 update on your iPhone right away.
Apple's detailed the security patches on board iOS 16.5 and you can learn more about them over on Apple's website.
As for older software, iOS 16.4.1 included two security upgrades and they're important if you want to keep your iPhone protected from harm. You can learn more about the pair here.
The company's iOS Security Response 16.4.1 (a) update also included security updates, but Apple hasn't revealed them yet and it's unclear if it will.
Apple's iOS 16.4 update had a substantial number of patches on board. You can read about them in detail over on Apple's security site.
The iOS 16.3.1 update had three security patches on board including one for an actively exploited vulnerability. For more on the security contents of iOS 16.3.1, check out Apple's security page.
iOS 16.3 brought 10+ new security patches with it and you can learn more about all of those right here.
In addition, the software came with support for physical security keys for Apple ID. These will beef up your account security by requiring a physical security key as part of the two factor authentication sign in process. Learn more about the change right here.
If you skipped iOS 16.2, you'll get its changes with iOS 16.5. iOS 16.2 brought a ton of important security patches with it and you can dig into the details on Apple's security site.
The update also brought end-to-end encryption to iCloud, iMessage, iPhone backups, Notes, Photos, and more. If you want to learn more about it, head over to Apple's guide.
If you decided to missed iOS 16.1.2, you'll get its solitary security patch with your upgrade. Learn more about it right here.
If you skipped iOS 16.1.1, you'll get its security patches when you upgrade. You can learn more about them right here.
If you missed the iOS 16.1 update, it brought 19 security patches to the iPhone and you can learn about the particulars of those over on Apple's website.
If you failed to download iOS 16.0.3, it had one security patch on board, a fix for a potential exploit within the Mail app. For more about the fix, check out Apple's security site.
If you're still running iOS 15 your iPhone, you'll get a bunch of other patches when you upgrade.
iOS 16.0 brought a ton of security patches to the iPhone. If you're interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple's security website.
In addition to those patches, iOS 16 brings some additional enhancements to privacy and security including Safety Check which, according to Apple, will help "people in domestic or intimate partner violence situations review and reset the access they’ve granted others."
The feature also resets system privacy permissions for apps and restricts Messages and FaceTime to the device on hand.
Apple's also made some improvements to Passkeys in Safari. iOS 16 brings a brand new sign-in method that's end-to-end encrypted and safe from phishing and data leaks.