Apple today announced some new products, including the Apple Watch Series 8, AirPods Pro 2, and the iPhone 14 lineup. However, the company is also making iOS 16 RC available to developers and beta users ahead of its official release next week. And while this version lacks major new features, it does come with some interesting changes.

Fault Detection API

One of the new features of the iPhone 14 and Apple Watch Series 8 is Crash Detection. It uses new accelerometer and gyroscope sensors to detect potential car accidents, so the device automatically calls emergency services.

As analyzed by 9to5Mac, iOS 16 RC includes a new Crash Detection API, so third-party apps can request access to the feature. It’s unclear at this point exactly how the API works, but Apple might let developers integrate Crash Detection with their apps (which would be useful for remote diagnostics, for example).

Unsurprisingly, there will be a new privacy switch within the iOS Settings app so users can choose which apps have access to Crash Detection data.

New settings for AirPods Pro 2

The second-generation AirPods Pro feature new touch controls on the earbuds, so users can not only tap to play or pause, but also swipe up or down to adjust volume. iOS 16 RC has a new accessibility setting that lets AirPods Pro 2 owners change the wait time between swipes to prevent unwanted volume adjustments.

iOS 16 RC tidbits: New boot bell for iPhone 14 Pro, Crash Detection API, more

Apple also added a new video guide to the system to help users disable Find My on individual AirPods or new AirPods Pro cases as an anti-stalker measure.

Turn Off Always On Screen

The iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max have an Always-on Display feature, which works very similarly to the same technology currently available on the Apple Watch. However, users who want to save battery life can disable Always-on Display by going to iPhone settings.

Boot bell for iPhone 14 Pro

Another new feature coming to the iPhone 14 Pro model is the boot bell. More specifically, users will have the option to have the iPhone play a sound every time the device is turned on or off as part of the iOS accessibility features.

Since a startup sound is played during the boot process, the chimes are part of the bootrom of the new A16 chip – which may be the reason why this option is not available for other iPhone models.

You can listen to the new sounds below:

Find My animation for Dynamic Island

iPhone 14 Pro has a new Dynamic Island that not only replaces the notch, but also brings a new concept of interactivity to the area. Between notifications and media controls, Dynamic Island also has cool animations to show Find Me app interactions.

iOS 16 RC tidbits: New boot bell for iPhone 14 Pro, Crash Detection API, more

iOS 16 availability

According to Apple, iOS 16 will be officially released for iPhone users on Monday, September 12. As for iPadOS 16, Apple has confirmed that the update will be released separately at a later date.

Find any other changes in today’s release of iOS 16 RC? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter @9to5Mac.

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