Apple recently announced that iOS 16.1 will enable a new Live Activity feature that allows iPhone users to stay up-to-date with things happening in real time, like sports games or food delivery orders, right from the Lock Screen.
In the first iOS 16.1 beta available to developers and public testers this week, Apple tested the integration of Live Activities with sports games via the TV app.
In the TV app, tapping the Follow button for a sports game results in Live Activity that appears on the Lock Screen for that game, complete with a live updated scoreboard and play-by-play action, such as an attacking baseball player. on the fast ball.
As shown in the screenshot below, given to us by a reader Alec CohenA brief summary of the game is also shown above the time, next to the date.
Live Activity appears at the bottom of the Lock Screen on iPhone 13 and earlier models. On iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, Live Activity will appear at the top of the Lock Screen on Dynamic Island, a new pill-shaped area around the Face ID sensor and front camera that can be expanded to show system alerts and other content.
Apple says iOS 16.1 will be released later this year, bringing Live Activity to the masses. At launch, this feature will be available to MLB games for users in the US, Canada, Australia, UK, Brazil, Mexico, Japan, and South Korea, along with NBA and Premier League games for users in the US and Canada only.
Live Activity also supports timers set in the Clock app, while third-party apps can also support this feature. Once the iOS 16.1 Release Candidate becomes available, Apple says developers will be able to submit apps with Live Activity to the App Store.
The iPhone 14 Pro models launched this Friday in the US and are already starting to arrive to customers in countries like Australia and New Zealand.