Ahead of the launch of iOS 16.1, Apple today announced that developers can now submit apps that support the Live Activities feature to the App Store. Developers can build their app using the Xcode 14.1 release candidate, test it, and submit it for review.
iOS 16.1 introduces support for Live Activities in third-party apps. This feature allows iPhone users to stay up to date with real-time events, such as a sports game or food delivery order, right on the lock screen or in the dynamic island.
Live Activities appears at the bottom of the Lock screen on iPhone 13 and earlier models, as well as iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus. On iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, Live Activity appears in the Live Island when the device is unlocked, or on the Lock screen when the device is locked or in View Mode permanent.
Live Activities will also support sports scores through the Apple TV app for select leagues including MLB for users in the US, Canada, Australia, UK, Brazil, Mexico, in Japan and South Korea, as well as the NBA and Premier League for users in the United States and Canada only. This feature worked in earlier betas of iOS 16.1, but the player Alec Cohen informed us that it is disabled in the iOS 16.1 release candidate, so it may not launch until later.
iOS 16.1 is slated for release on October 24 alongside iPadOS 16.1 and macOS Ventura. Update will include iCloud Shared Photo Library, ability to share keys in Wallet app via apps like Messages and WhatsApp, Apple Card Savings Account option, Clean Power Charging option in the US, support for Matter accessories in the Home app. , Apple Fitness+ workouts without Apple Watch, and more.
Apple has also opened App Store app submissions for macOS Ventura, watchOS 9.1 and tvOS 16.1.