Safari 16.1 adds support for passkeys, Apple Pencil hover, and more

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macOS Ventura isn't the only thing new for Mac users today.

In addition to the release of the latest generation of macOS, Apple has also introduced Safari 16.1 to users. The newest version of Safari, as well as being available on the Mac, is also available for iOS 16.1, iPadOS 16.1, macOS Monterey, and macOS Big Sur.

One of the most significant updates with Safari 16.1 is support for passkeys, a new security feature that is rolling out across Apple, Google, and Microsoft that hopes to replace passwords in the future. Passkeys can be used on Macs running macOS Ventura, macOS Monterey, and macOS Big Sur. The password feature is also available on iPhones and iPads running iOS 16 and iPad OS 16.

Another big update with Safari 16.1 is the upgrade to Web Push functionality which allows websites and web apps to send push notifications to users without the need for the browser to even be open. It's a widely used piece of web functionality that, with today's update, brings Safari in line with other web browsers. Just like other push notifications, Web Push notifications can be managed in the Mac's Notification Center.

Even the iPad Pro gets some love with Safari 16.1

Safari 16.1 also supports one of the features announced for the new M2 iPad Pro. When Apple announced the M2 iPad Pro lineup last week, it revealed a new feature called Apple Pencil hover, which will detect the 2nd generation Apple Pencil up to 12mm away from the display. With Safari 16.1, iPad Pro users will be able to use the feature to interact with links, animations, and more on the iPad's built-in browser.

IOS 16.1, iPad OS 16.1, macOS Ventura, watchOS 9.1, and tvOS 16. 1 were all released today, adding a ton of new features across Apple’s software experience.

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.