Apple iOS 16.1/ watchOS 9.1/macOS 13/iPadOS 16.1 developer preview beta 2 released

Apple today pushed the iOS 16.1 developer preview Beta 2 update (build number: 20B5050f) to iPhone users. This update is 6 days after the last release. This update brings some improvements to the battery percentage display on the iPhone and fixes some bugs. The following is a summary of the updates.

Status bar battery icon optimization: In iOS 16, Apple added a battery percentage display to the status bar on iPhones that support Face ID. In iOS 16.1 Beta 2, the icon now correctly displays the battery level. The battery icon changes as the battery are depleted or charged, making it easier for users to see the charge at a glance. Previously, the icon had been fully charged.

Battery font: Apple updated the font used for the battery icon, increasing the size slightly.

Lock screen charge percentage: In the latest version, the battery percentage is displayed above the lock screen clock both when the iPhone starts charging for the first time and when the screen wakes up while charging.

Paste permission popup fixed: The frequent paste permission pop-ups encountered by iOS 16 users have been resolved in iOS 16.1 Beta 2. When users actively paste, they no longer need to explicitly approve whether to allow paste. Apple is expected to bring this improvement to other users of the official version of iOS 16 next week.

Fix three finger gesture bug: Another bug that plagued some iOS 16 users has also been resolved. Since iOS uses the three-finger tap gesture to display the copy and paste menu, some apps and games have the effect of the system not correctly recognizing the gesture. This issue has now been fixed.

Apple today pushed the watchOS 9.1 developer preview Beta 2 update (build number: 20S5049d) to Apple Watch users. This update is 6 days after the last release. To install watchOS 9.1 Beta 2, developers need to download a configuration file. Once installed, watchOS 9.1 can be downloaded from General > Software Update on your iPhone.

If updating the system, the Apple Watch needs to be at least 50% charged, must be on a charger, and needs to be within range of the iPhone. It is not clear what content is included in the watchOS 9.1 Beta 2 update.

watchOS 9 brings a redesigned Compass app, new medication tracking features, but also new watch faces, improvements to workout features, new features for the ECG app, and more.

Apple today pushed the macOS 13 Developer Preview Beta 8 update (build number: 22A5352e) to Mac computer users. This update is 11 days after the last release. The company plans to officially launch the operating system next month, and here are its new features.

macOS Ventura introduces the Stage Manager feature, which allows Mac users to focus on one task while keeping other apps ready to switch between tasks. This update adds the Continuity Camera feature, which lets you use your iPhone as a webcam for your Mac. It supports Center Stage, Desktop View, Studio Light, and more.

FaceTime can transfer calls at will between iPhone, iPad, and Mac, and Messages supports marking iMessages as unread, unsending iMessages, and marking as unread. SharePlay is now also available in the Messages app.

The Mail app supports deleting or undoing emails within 10 seconds of being sent. In addition, there are now Weather and Clock apps on the Mac as well. System Preferences has been renamed System Settings and has an iOS-like design.

Safari supports shared tab groups, and Apple is developing a new generation of certificates, Passkeys, which can replace passwords. There are updates to Spotlight, new features to the Photo Library, updates to Metal 3, and more.

In addition to iOS 16.1 Beta 2, macOS Ventura Beta 8, tvOS 16.1 Beta 2 and watchOS 9.1 Beta 2, Apple today also pushed the iPad OS 16.1 Developer Preview Beta 3 update.

Earlier last month, a Bloomberg report suggested that Apple was considering delaying the release of iPadOS 16 until October because the company was unhappy with the experience with the pre-stage scheduling feature. Now that Apple has confirmed that the release of iPadOS 16 has been delayed, developers can install the iPadOS 16.1 beta.

Of course, Apple didn't directly say that the release of iPadOS 16 was delayed due to bugs or other quality issues. Instead, the company claims that this year is "a big year for iPadOS" and that it will now have "its own timeline."

Here's a statement Apple sent to TechCrunch:

This year has been a particularly big one for iPadOS. As our own platform designed specifically for iPad, we have the flexibility to deliver iPadOS on our own schedule. This fall, iPadOS will follow iOS with version 16.1.

The iPadOS 16.1 beta version has many features of iOS 16, but the most important feature is the front-end scheduling function unique to the M1 iPad Air and M1 iPad Pro , and another important feature is the ability to get external display support. There's also the iCloud Shared Photo Library feature, which lets users share a separate iCloud Photo Library with up to five people who can add, edit, favorite, caption, and delete photos. In addition, users can edit, undo, and mark messages as unread, and iPadOS 16.1 will also bring a new weather app, similar to the experience on macOS Ventura, with animated backgrounds, more weather details, forecasts, air quality, etc.

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