Apple released iOS 16.1 to the public on Monday, and among the new features and improvements that come with the update, this version introduces an API for Live Activities on the lock screen and for Dynamic Island on iPhone 14 Pro. Read on as we detail the first few iPhone apps support these features with iOS 16.1.
For those unfamiliar, Live Activities is a feature available for all iPhone models running iOS 16 that displays useful app information right on the lock screen. At first, only a few Apple apps, like Music and Clock, had live activities. But with iOS 16.1, developers can also integrate their apps with this feature.
At the same time, apps that support Live Activities can also display the same information on Dynamic Island for iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max users. We have selected some of the first apps that added support for the Live Activities and Dynamic Island APIs.
Flighty is an excellent iOS app that helps users keep track of all their upcoming flights through a beautiful and intuitive interface. With its latest update, Flighty can now automatically display details about your upcoming flight right on your iPhone’s lock screen three hours before departure. iPhone 14 Pro users can also quickly view flight status on Dynamic Island.
Flighty is available for free on the App Store, although some features require a subscription. The app also works with iPad and Mac.
Carrot Weather is a popular app for iOS and macOS that displays the weather forecast in a fun way. The new version of the app allows users to view details about specific alerts, such as the possibility of rain, directly from the lock screen of their iPhone or Dynamic Island.
The app is also available for free on the App Store, but some features (including access to Live Activities) require a subscription. Carrot Weather is also compatible with iPad and Apple Watch.
SmartGym is known for helping iPhone, iPad, and especially Apple Watch users track their workouts with details on weightlifting, bodyweight workouts, and more. The new update supports live activities to display details of an ongoing workout directly on the iPhone or Dynamic Island lock screen.
The latest SmartGym update also optimizes the app to work with Apple Watch Ultra and the new action button. SmartGym is a free download for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Mac from App Store with in-app purchases for Premium plan to unlock all app features.
Aviary is a third-party Twitter client for iOS, macOS, and even watchOS. Recently, the app has been completely rebuilt with a more modern interface. The app has now been updated with support for edited tweets, as well as a live activity and an “Undo Tweet” button on Dynamic Island. If you misspelled something or regret that tweet, you can quickly cancel it.
Aviary is available on the App Store for iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch. The app is free to download, but requires a paid subscription.
Soor is one of many apps that extend the functionality of Apple Music for iPhone and iPad users. It works as a complete replacement for the native music app on iOS. The new version of Soor now allows users to view song lyrics in real time with Live Activities and Dynamic Island.
The app is available on the App Store as a one-time purchase of $6.99, which unlocks the full experience on both iPhone and iPad.
TV Remote is a simple yet useful iOS app that allows users to control their smart TVs directly from an iPhone or iPad. Earlier this year, the app was updated with theme options, custom design, and widgets. Now TV Remote also works with Live Activities, so it shows quick access to some remote control buttons right from the iPhone lock screen or Dynamic Island.
TV Remote 2 is now available for free on the App Store. However, to unlock some of the features like themes and widgets, users need to subscribe to TV Remote Premium.
Pestle allows users to import recipes from any website and the app automatically converts them in a step-by-step process. The app will then scan the recipe for ingredients, steps, nutritional information, and more. With its latest update, Pestle displays the current step of a recipe with a timer directly from the lock screen or Dynamic Island for those with an iPhone 14 Pro.
You can download Pestle for free on the App Store, though some features are only available through in-app purchases.
Apple has also teased other apps that will soon work with Live Activities, including Uber, Lyft, and Starbucks, but they haven’t been updated yet.
Are there other apps that support Live Activities and Dynamic Island that we haven’t mentioned? Let us know in the comments section.
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