Apple today put the first beta of the upcoming iOS 16.1 update for public beta testers, opening the beta testing process to the general public. Today’s beta comes one day after Apple introduced the beta to developers.

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Public beta testers who have signed up for Apple’s free beta testing program can download the iOS 16.1‌ beta over the air after installing the appropriate certification from the Public Beta site.

Apple says iOS 16.1 will introduce Live Activities, an interactive notification feature designed to let you monitor things happening in real time. Live Activities will be available on Lock Screen and Dynamic Island, but you won’t see them in beta because the developers are still working on implementing support.

The update includes a US Clean Energy charging feature that makes the iPhone selectively charge at times when low-carbon electricity is available, plus it lays the foundation for Matter, the smart home standard that Apple plans to start supporting this fall.

Other new features include a removable Wallet app, changes to the Lock Screen customization interface, and more, with details available in the iOS 16.1 Feature Guide. Apple has also planted a new public beta of iPadOS 16.1.

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