It’s been a rather hectic week for Apple, as it not only released the final version of iOS 16, but the Apple Watch Series 8 and iPhone 14 were also released. Not to be outdone, the iOS team is still hard at work as iOS 16.1 Beta 2 is now available for Developers.
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- A Complete Guide to Everything Apple Introduced to the Mail App in iOS 16
- Best iPhone Lock Screen Widgets for iOS 16
- How to Leave iOS Beta
What’s New in iOS 16.1 Beta 2
Changes to Battery Indicator
With the release of iOS 16, Apple surprised everyone by re-introducing the ability to show your remaining battery percentage in the status bar. This was previously available before being removed with the iPhone X. However, despite being available for many devices, it wasn’t available for all iOS 16-compatible iPhone models. iOS 16.1 Beta 1 rectified this, even bringing it to the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 13 mini.
Even still, Apple has seen quite a bit of feedback in regards to the way that the battery percentage indicator is viewed. With iOS 16, the number indicator is nestled within the battery icon in the top right corner, and while the number decreases as your battery is depleted, the icon itself would show as “full” until you reached about 20%.
iOS 16 Beta 2 fixes this problem, as the icon itself now dynamically updates and depletes as the battery usage progresses. And in an effort to make it easier to read, Apple has also increased the font size within the battery indicator.
Now that the iPhone 14 series has arrived, users quickly found a surprising omission. As opposed to previous iOS releases on older iPhone models, you could no longer see the battery percentage when charging. That has also been rectified, as it now appears above the clock on the Lock Screen, along with appearing inside the battery indicator in the status bar.
Copy and Paste
Another prominent issue that has been plaguing iOS 16 since its release is the incessant requests when you try to copy and paste something from one app and into another. It only appears when copying and pasting between apps for the first time, but there have been many complaints about how frequent it can occur.
Apple has already responded to this, stating that it’s not intended to work this way, as you should only need to tap the “Allow Paste” button once. iOS 16 Beta 2 includes the fix for this bug, but we are also expecting Apple to release iOS 16.0.2 over the coming days to address this for all iPhone users.
iOS 16.1 Beta 2 Changelog
If you’re interested in all of the changes that are included with iOS 16 Beta 2, Apple has provided this in its latest changelog.
- 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)
- 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)
- The system memory allocator
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Andrew Myrick is a freelance writer based on the East Coast of the US. He enjoys everything to do with technology, including tablets, smartphones, and everything in between. Perhaps his favorite past-time is having a never-ending supply of different keyboards and gaming handhelds that end up collecting more dust than the consoles that are being emulated.