Apple has officially released iOS and iPadOS 16.1, along with macOS Ventura. For iPad, it means that Apple’s tablet platform will finally be getting iOS 16 features like iMessage editing and undo send in Mail. But it also marks the official release of the Stage Manager multitasking tool, which has been unpopular and buggy throughout the iPadOS betas.
My colleague David Pierce didn’t mince words in July: “I hate Stage Manager,” he wrote in his preview. Three months on, it still has some big issues, David noted in today’s review that “Stage Manager might be shipping, and it has gotten better since its first nonsensical beta, but it’s definitely not done.”
Now third-party apps can use Live Activities
For iPhones, iOS 16.1 opens up Apple’s new Live Activities notifications to third-party developers. Live Activities are designed to let you more easily track things in real time from your lock screen, which could be useful for things like sports scores or tracking your rideshare pickup. For iPhones with the Dynamic Island at the top of the phone — right now, only the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max — Live Activities will show up there, too.