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iOS 16.1.2 has arrived and it focuses on the flaw detection feature

Enlarge / An iPhone and Apple Watch showing the fault detection feature.

Apple released a minor software update for iPhones today. Unlike many of its other iOS updates, the new iOS 16.1.2 was not released alongside updates to other Apple operating systems like macOS or watchOS.

iOS 16.1.2 mainly does two things, according to Apple’s release notes: it improves compatibility with unspecified wireless carriers and optimizes the fault detection feature on iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max. .

Apple hasn’t gone into detail about what kind of optimizations we’re talking about. Crash Detection is a recently introduced feature that can notify emergency services when your phone’s internal sensors have detected that you’ve been in a car accident. Apple developed algorithms that analyze a variety of data from the phone’s sensors (such as accelerometer and G-force sensors) and other factors such as microphone activity to try to accurately detect crashes.

Some users have complained that non-car crash scenarios, specifically roller coaster rides at amusement parks, trigger the algorithm. But it’s unclear if the optimizations in iOS 16.1.2 address those issues or if they’re simply meant to refine the algorithm in other scenarios.

The next iOS update is expected to be much more significant. iOS 16.2 will implement sports scores with Live Activities, allowing users to see live score updates for certain sports games, either on the lock screen or in Dynamic Island on iPhone 14 Pro. Apple’s Freeform visual notes, lock screen widgets for sleep and medication tracking, additional always-on lock screen customizations for the iPhone 14 Pro, and support for 5G in India.

That update is likely to arrive sometime in December. In the meantime, here are Apple’s brief release notes for 16.1.2:

This update provides important security updates and the following improvements for your iPhone:

  • Improved compatibility with wireless carriers
  • Crash Detection optimizations on iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro models

For information about the security content of Apple software updates, visit this website:
https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222

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