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iOS 16 beta 6 is out – here’s what’s new for your iPhone

A new version of the iOS 16 beta is out, and this time the focus isn’t on new features, but on how the pace of updates is accelerating.

iOS 16 Beta 6 became available to developers yesterday (August 15), a week after the iOS 16 Beta 5 debuted. beta-4 is an even longer wait.

Even more remarkable, iOS 16 beta 6 is already available to the public. There is usually more time between a developer beta release and a public release.

The accelerated pace – and lack of extensive new additions to the iOS 16 beta – suggests that the focus is now on stability and bug fixes as Apple approaches the likely September launch of its new iPhone software. Apple usually releases a full iOS update right before the release of new iPhones. And last week, rumors surfaced that Apple is eyeing a September 6 date for its annual fall product launch, when it is expected to unveil the iPhone 14.

Whether it happens in early September or some other point in the fall, the clock is clearly ticking until the final release of iOS 16. So it’s likely that beta updates from now on will focus on getting the software release ready for a wide audience.

To that end, here is a not-so-long list of new additions to iOS 16 beta 6.

Disabling the battery percentage indicator in power saving mode

You may remember that iOS 16 beta 5 brought back the ability to display the percentage of battery remaining in the status bar, a feature that disappeared with the introduction of the iPhone X in 2017. Prior to iOS 16 beta 5, if you wanted to see the battery percentage on a notched iPhone, you had to swipe into the control center.

This feature is still present in the iOS 16 6 beta, but with a twist – you have the option to turn off the percentage indicator when your phone is in low power mode.

iOS 16 beta 6 battery indicator

(Image credit: Tom’s Guide)

You access the battery percentage indicator by launching the Settings app and selecting Battery. On the next screen, you’ll find two toggles at the top – one toggles the battery percentage, and the other activates low power mode.

If you find this percentage too distracting when you’re in LowPower mode, simply slide the battery percentage switch to the left. The percentage then disappears from the status bar.

Live activity goes missing

Your iPhone’s lock screen should see a lot of changes in iOS 16, highlighted by the ability to customize the look of the screen as well as add widgets. Among the iOS 16 widgets that Apple has planned is a widget called Live Activity: the idea is that for persistent alerts such as sports scores and vehicle status, the widget will live at the bottom of the lock screen, informing you of any events. changes.

iOS 16 beta 4 introduced the Live Activity API, presumably to give developers the ability to test the feature in their own apps. However, as of iOS 16 beta 6, there is no longer live action support for third-party apps, according to a post from the developer on Twitter. (will open in a new tab).

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The Live Action feature was not expected to arrive at the same time as the rest of iOS 16, as Apple said it would arrive in a later update. However, it’s surprising to see support disappear, as you can imagine that app makers would want to continue testing this feature.

Download iOS 16 beta 6

If you haven’t tried out iOS 16 yet, you can still download the iOS 16 public beta. All you need is an iPhone 8 or later. Check out our iOS 16 public beta to find out what to expect after installing the beta on your iPhone.

In addition to being able to customize the iPhone lock screen, iOS 16 promises a number of changes to apps like Maps, Safari, Mail, and Messages. Live Text can now grab text from paused videos, and the visual search feature has been updated to allow you to copy and paste an object into photos after removing them from the photo’s background. Siri can also recognize emoji when you dictate texts and emails.

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