Apple has rolled out a new software update for iPhones, bringing several bug fixes and an enhancement to the Crash Detection functionality on the latest iPhone 14 series. The new iOS 16.1.2 is now available for all users with eligible iPhone models, meaning iPhone 8 and higher. The size of the update for different iPhone models will be different, which you can check by diving into your iPhone’s software update settings. Also Read - Apple HomePod (2nd Gen) launched in India at Rs 32,900
In the release notes for the iOS 16.1.2 update, Apple mentioned that this update “provides important security updates and the following enhancements for your iPhone,” which include “improved compatibility with wireless carriers” and “Crash Detection optimisations on iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro models.” Also Read - Apple MacBook Pro with M2 Pro and M2 Max launched in India
Crash Detection feature
The highlight of this update is the improved Crash Detection functionality on the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro models. Apple launched the Crash Detection feature for the latest iPhone models, alerting emergency service when the phone detects a car crash. But right after the release of this feature, several users reported that their iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro models were erroneously triggering the Crash Detection feature when they were on a rollercoaster. Apple had then explained that the feature uses G-force sensors combined with other data to detect a crash, but it also admitted that G-force on a rollercoaster could fool the system. Also Read - Apple unveils its next-gen chipsets M2 Pro and M2 Max
While Apple said it has improved the Crash Detection feature with the new iOS 16.1.2 update, it did not say how. Since the functionality uses algorithms to decide if the device has been in a car crash, the best bet is Apple has improved these algorithms to make them more accurate. But it remains to be seen whether the Crash Detection feature would continue to be triggered on a rollercoaster after the update.
How to update
To update your iPhone, go to Settings and then General. Now, tap on the Software Update. If available, the iOS 16.1.2 update would show up on the screen. You can go ahead and download and install it. But before that, ensure your data is backed up and there is enough battery. Your iPhone would restart during the installation process.