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iOS 16.1 Beta 2, Available Now to Developers: What's New

Here are some of the updates developers will see.

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It's been a little over a week since Apple released its biggest operating software update this year, iOS 16, and already the tech giant is working on upgrades. The newest released version, iOS 16.1 Beta 2, is available to developers as of Tuesday.

The update includes enhanced monitoring of live activities from the lock screen, according to reports -- like an NFL score or the status of your DoorDash order -- as well as the ability to delete the Apple Wallet app and greater support for Matter

Clean energy charging, which can adjust charging times, is another new feature, along with the creation of iCloud Shared Photo Libraries, where up to six people can customize how they share pics. 

And good news for the iPhones that were left out of the battery icon's return to the Home Screen: The battery percentage icon is now available on those devices as well, including the iPhone XR, the iPhone 11, the iPhone 12 Mini and iPhone 13 Mini.

Apple didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Read more: iOS 16 on Your iPhone: All the Best New Features, Explained