iOS 16.1 brings another novelty that seems anecdotal at first sight: the possibility of uninstalling Cards, formerly Wallet. This option is probably more of a concession to the various regulators, who are currently investigating Apple’s practices regarding mobile payment. Allowing the withdrawal of Cards will undoubtedly be an argument used by the brand to invalidate the accusations of monopoly around Apple Pay.
This new version also offers support for Matter connected accessories. The home automation protocol will be officially launched at the end of the year, after multiple postponements, and iPhones will be compatible with this new standard from launch, designed to simplify the use of connected objects in the home.
The last important novelty, this time for developers, is the appearance of the programming interface for designing Live Activities, those persistent notifications that will stay at the bottom of the iPhone lock screen. For the time being, only Apple is taking advantage of this new system to display a timer or the music player, but several third-party applications should take advantage of it when the update is launched.
iOS 16.1 will finally offer support for Clean Energy Charginga new greener charging system for the smartphone as well as a new reworked menu for screenshots and some improvements to the options presented when modifying a locked screen, the great novelty of iOS 16.
If you haven’t uninstalled your beta profile in the past few days, you should soon have access to this first pre-release of iOS 16.1.