Apple iOS 16.1: Should you upgrade?

Apple iOS 16.1: Should you upgrade?

Apple iOS 16.1: Should you upgrade?

iOS 16.1 is Finally here. This is Apple’s first major feature update for iOS 16, comes with important security updates, and coincides with the much-anticipated launch of iPadOS 16.1. So what do you get, a file iOS 16 bug-fest Finally under control? Here’s everything you need to know.

Tip: Bookmark this page as I will keep it updated if/when I find new issues. I will make my final verdict in a week.

For whom is this?

Apple iOS 16.1 released for all iOS 16 compatible devices, this is iPhone 8 / iPhone X and newer. iOS 16 dropped support for the iPhone 6S and iPhone 7 ranges, as well as the iPod Touch.

With Apple recognize Automatic update delaysIf you haven’t received a notification, you can run the update manually. Go to Settings > General > Software Update. If you’re running a newer beta program (see the “The Way Forward” section at the end), you should Deregister your device before the update appeared.

Note: This guide does not focus on older iOS, iPadOS, or macOS updates, but I will go over related issues in these guides. You can read my iOS 15.7 upgrade guide is here.

deal breakers

The first 24 hours of iOS 16.1 were largely positive. Notably, the update introduced a graphical bug for some users causing cellular and WiFi icons to disappear and reappear randomly (1And the2And the3And the4 etc).

More graphic errors reported on the lock screen with Flashlight and camera buttons are missingFrustrating copy/paste permissions error from previous iOS 16 updates resident remains (Apple has promise to fixbut not included in the iOS 16.1 release notes.

I’ve also seen isolated reports of problems with back tap And the Password management While complaints about battery drain continue – that plagued it iOS 16 since its release. However, iPhones have to re-index after updates, which increases battery drain for 24/48 hours, so it’s too early to say that definitively.

So what did you get?

iOS 16.1 is a major update, with Apple publishing lengthy release notes:

iCloud Shared Photo Library

– Separate library to seamlessly share photos and videos with up to five other people

– Setup rules allow you to easily contribute past photos based on the start date or people in the photos when you set up or join a library

– Library filters to quickly switch between viewing the shared library, personal library, or both libraries together

– Shared edits and permissions allow everyone to add, edit, add to favorites, comment on and delete photos

– The Share toggle in the camera lets you choose to send photos you take directly to the shared library, or enable a setting to automatically share when other participants are detected nearby using Bluetooth

live activities

– Live activities from third-party apps are available in Dynamic Island and on the lock screen for iPhone 14 Pro models

Fitness +

– Apple Fitness + is supported on iPhone even if you don’t have an Apple Watch


– Key sharing allows you to securely share your car, hotel room, and other keys in Wallet using messaging apps like Messages and WhatsApp


Matter, the new smart home connectivity standard, is powered to enable a variety of smart home accessories to work together across ecosystems

clean energy charging

– New setting that can attempt to reduce your carbon footprint by selective charging when low carbon electricity is available


– Reader controls are automatically hidden when you start reading

This update also includes bug fixes for your iPhone:

– Deleted conversations may appear in the conversation list in Messages

– Dynamic Island content is not available when using Accessibility

– CarPlay may fail to connect when using VPN app

iCloud Shared Photo Library is the biggest feature here, allowing up to six people to share a single photo library, which is a boon for close family and friends. Sharing in Apple Wallet also removes similar regulatory issues.

Also of note are the new customization options for (troubled) iOS 16 lock screen, Fitness + for iPhone and “Clean Energy Charging”, which selectively charges your iPhone/iPad when low-carbon electricity is available. in a new way support documentCurrently, Apple says this feature is limited to the United States and requires that Location Services, Customize System, and Important Locations be enabled in the System Services section of the Settings app.

iOS 16.1 Security

An apple Official safety page It reveals that iOS 16.1 contains 20 custom security fixes. lead CVE-2022-42827 Which corrects a vulnerability in Zero Day’s memory. Apple explains that hackers could have exploited this to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges.

It is currently not clear whether this bug affects older iPhones and iPads or older versions of iOS. I have contacted Apple and will update this post when/if I receive an answer.

Apple iOS 16.1 verdict: Upgrade

For iPhone owners who are already running iOS 16, updating to iOS 16.1 is a no-brainer. The update brings a lot of useful and new features and important security updates. The first 24 hours are also promising, although cautious updaters may want to wait for my final verdict in a week.

For those on iOS 15, it looks like iOS 16.1 might finally offer you a stable update chance, with some minor graphical glitches aside. The only disappointment is the lack of fixes for persistent issues in iOS 16 including the copy/paste bug, but expect more dedicated bug fixes in the coming weeks.

Note: Bookmark this page because I will be tracking user experiences and making my final decision within a week.

way forward

While iOS 16.1 is shaping up to be the most stable iOS 16 release to date, there are still plenty of bugs to squash. As such, I would expect iOS 16.1.1. Come hurry up and iOS 16.1.2 and even iOS 16.1.3 before iOS 16.2 arrives in late 2022 / early 2023. If you want early access to iOS 16 updates, join the Apple Beta Software.


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