Apple today released new beta versions of iOS 16.1 and iPadOS 16.1 to developers, modifying some features introduced in earlier beta releases, and for iPadOS 16.1 adding an important new feature to Stage Manager.


We’ve summarized all what’s new in both beta versions below.

Wallpaper updates

Apple has updated the Wallpaper section of the Settings app to allow users to switch between wallpapers from this interface. The design has also been tweaked, making the options for adding a new wallpaper more obvious.

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Stage manager

In the latest beta of iPadOS 16.1, Apple has extended Stage Manager availability to iPad Pro 2018 and 2020 models equipped with the A12Z and A12X chips. Previously, Stage Manager was limited to the M1 “iPad Pro” and “M1” iPad Air models.

ipados 16 scene manager 1 ipad pro


In this beta, Apple has also removed support for external displays from the Stage Manager app, with the option to roll back to iPadOS 16 in a future update. When re-released, support for external displays will be limited to the iPad “M1” models.

Accessories for matter

The Matter Accessories section added to the Settings app in earlier beta versions has been removed.

Emergency SOS via satellite

Apple is beginning to lay the groundwork for the integration of Emergency SOS via Satellite and Find My with satellite, a functionality that will arrive on iPhone 14 models starting in November. The code in the update reveals some of the text we can expect.

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  • Send your location with a supported iPhone from places that don’t have cellular networks or Wi-Fi.
  • Send your location via satellite.
  • This friend sent you his location via satellite as there is no other network available.
  • Can resend the location after X time.
  • X hours ago – Last time your location was sent.
  • You can now send SMS to emergency services via satellite on your iPhone.
  • The iPhone may be trying to use the satellite to send SMS messages to emergency services. When it is safe to do so, get out of the vehicle and follow the “iPhone” instructions.
  • The iPhone sends SMS messages to emergency services via satellite.

Other new features

Know of a new feature in iOS 16.1 that we left out? Let us know in the comments below.

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