With the release of iOS 16.1, Apple has essentially “finished” its iOS 16 release. Sure, there will be more updates to come with new features and fixes, but iOS 16.1 brought us the rest of the features first announced at WWDC. It also coincides with the release of macOS Ventura and iPadOS 16.1 (the first version 16 release for the iPad), which rounds out the ecosystem.
One of the most exciting new features coming to iPhone in iOS 16.1 is Live Activities. These are notifications that appear on your lock screen for a limited time and continuously update themselves. You know how, if you get food delivered, you get a notification that your order has been received, another that it’s ready, a third that it will be delivered with an estimated time, and one last when the delivery person will show up? All that can now be handled with a single notification that easily changes over time.
Other great uses for Live Activities include timers, activity tracking apps, ride-sharing apps like Uber or Lyft, and of course, sports score tracking. If you have an iPhone 14 Pro, you’ll be especially excited about this release, as Live Activities can be plugged into the Dynamic Island, making it much more useful.
Although Live Activities are enabled in iOS 16.1, apps must be updated to take advantage of them. If you’ve just upgraded to iOS 16.1 and want to see what Live Activities is all about, you should start with these apps (in alphabetical order), all of which have been updated with Live Activities support.
Notably, while Apple often used Uber and Uber Eats as examples when showcasing Live Activities, neither app mentions the feature in the release notes for the latest update, which arrived on October 24. But they will definitely get support soon.