Apple issues iOS 16.1.2 update with Crash Detection optimisations before iOS 16.2 release
Apple may be working towards delivering iOS 16.2, but the company has now released an interim stable update for the iPhone 8 onwards. Typically, updates like iOS 16.1.2 contain minor changes, such as security fixes. However, Apple has rolled Crash Detection optimisations in with iOS 16.1.2 for the iPhone 14 series, a bugbear for Apple's latest smartphones since their introduction in September.
In short, riding a rollercoaster could trigger Crash Detection, with the motion, g-forces and sudden speed changes interpreted by iOS 16 as a car crash. Incidentally, there have been little to no reports of Google's equivalent feature calling emergency services in these kind of scenarios. Unfortunately, it remains to be seen how Apple has optimised Crash Detection, which it continues to include in its TV adverts.
Additionally, iOS 16.1.2 should improve compatibility with mobile network carriers, another non-specific change. iOS 16.1.2 should be a short-lived update, with iOS 16.2 also expected to reach stable status this month. Currently, iOS 16.2 is anticipated to introduce the Freeform app, as well as a revised Home App and improved always-on-display functionality for iPhone 14 Pro models.