Live Activities are one step closer as Apple opens up app submissions for developers

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iOS 16 (Image credit: Apple)

We're one step closer to getting Live Activities as the release dates for iOS 16.1, iPadOS 16.1, watchOS 9.1, tvOS 16.1, and macOS Ventura near.

In a number of news updates on the Apple Developer website, the company has announced that developers can now submit their apps developed for the upcoming software releases. According to Apple, developers must use the Release Candidate of Xcode 14.1 in order to submit their updated apps.

With iOS 16.1 and iPadOS 16.1, developers will be able to take advantage of Live Activities, the iPhone and iPad's new feature that tracks an event like a sports score, ride share, or food order in real time on the Lock Screen or in the iPhone 14's Dynamic Island.

iOS 16.1 and iPadOS 16.1, the world’s most advanced mobile operating systems, will soon be available to customers worldwide. Take advantage of Live Activities to help people stay on top of what’s happening live in your app, right from the Lock Screen and Dynamic Island on iPhone. Bring desktop-class features, such as an editor-style navigation bar and enhanced text editing menu to your iPad app, and get the most out of the latest advancements in MapKit, Metal, ARKit, Core ML, and more.

Some other notable updates with watchOS 9.1, macOS Ventura, and tvOS 16.1 include the ability to make VoIP calls directly from your Apple Watch, Continuity Camera on the Mac, and improved multiuser support on the Apple TV.

All apps will need to be built with Xcode 14.1 soon

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Apple Macbook Pro 16 Inch Xcode (Image credit: Apple)

Apple has also announced that starting in April of 2023, all new app submissions will need to be built using Xcode 14.1. Below is the press release from iOS 16.1 and iPadOS 16.1 for reference:

Build your app using Xcode 14.1 Release Candidate, then test and submit it for review. Please note, starting April 2023, all iOS and iPadOS apps submitted to the App Store must be built with Xcode 14.1 and the iOS 16.1 SDK.

You can learn about all of the announcements regarding submitting apps for the upcoming software versions on the Apple Developer website.

Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.