iOS 16.1 was released in September with support for live activities in third-party apps. This feature allows iPhone users to stay informed of real-time events, such as sports games or ordering food delivery, right on the lock screen or on Dynamic Island.
Live activities are basically real-time notifications that are displayed on the iPhone’s lock screen, providing quick information. Live activities also appear in Dynamic Island on iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. You can long press on a live activity in the dynamic island to view additional information.
Below, we’ve highlighted five particularly useful iPhone apps with live activities support for sports scores, parking, flights, and more.
With the FIFA World Cup kicking off in Qatar, the FotMob app can be used to track live scores of matches throughout the month-long tournament. To do this, open the FotMob app, tap on a match in progress, and tap the star in the top-right corner. This will result in a live scoreboard appearing on the Lock Screen and Dynamic Island.
Outside of the World Cup, the Sports Alerts app can be used to track live scores from many other sports leagues, including the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, and NCAA football and basketball. To do this, open the Sports Alert app, tap a game in progress, tap the three dots in the top-right corner, and select Start Live Activity. This will result in a live scoreboard on the Lock Screen and a Dynamic Island with a play-by-play action.
With the ParkMobile app, you can track how much time is left before your payment for a parking spot expires in parking lots that work with the app.
Flighty lets you view flight status live on the lock screen and dynamic island, complete with departure and arrival times, gate changes, delays, and more.
With the Citymapper app, you can track public transit on the Lock Screen and Dynamic Island, including turn-by-turn walking directions to a stop or stop, next departure, number of stops remaining, arrival times, and more.
Last month, we shared a list of two dozen apps with live activities support. Apple also previewed live activity support for Uber, Starbucks, and Nike Run Club, but none of these apps have been updated with support for the feature yet.