Apple plans to release iOS 16.2 in December, according to bloombergMark Gorman And a report on the update Enable 5G support in India. The update remains in beta testing for now, with several new features and changes already revealed.
iOS 16.2 introduces a number of new features, including Apple’s new Whiteboard app, two new lock screen widgets for Sleep and Medication, the ability to hide the background and notifications on the iPhone 14 Pro’s always-on display, improved Live Activities, and re-search. home app and more.
iOS 16.2 Includes Apple’s new Freeform digital whiteboard app on iPhone. The app provides an infinite canvas on which you can draw and insert sticky notes, text boxes, shapes, images, videos, links, PDFs, and more. The app is also available on iPad and Mac, and you can collaborate with others in real time via FaceTime and iMessage.
Freeform is more useful on the iPad since the device supports the Apple Pencil, but you can still use the capacitive stylus on the iPhone.
Two new widgets for the lock screen
There are two new lock screen widgets to sleep And the pharmaceutical on iOS 16.2. With the Sleep widget, you can view your most recent sleep sessions and sleep stages, while the Medication widget allows you to quickly access your medication schedule.
New always-on display options
Starting with iOS 16.2, you can Hide background and notifications in always-on display On iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. This results in the lock screen having a solid black and slim appearance in always-on mode, similar to Android.
The new “Show wallpaper” and “Show notifications” toggles are in the Settings app under Display & brightness → Always on display.
Live: Sports scores via the Apple TV app
iOS 16.2 adds Support live activities for sports results via the Apple TV app. This feature allows iPhone users to view live scores for MLB, NBA, and Premier League games at a glance on the Lock screen and on Dynamic Island on iPhone 14 Pro models.
During a Premier League match, for example, Dynamic Island displays a scoreboard that updates live with the number of goals scored by each club. When long pressed, the dynamic island expands to show elapsed time and play-by-play movement. When the iPhone 14 Pro is locked and on all other iPhone models, the result appears in the Lock Screen logo.
To test the feature with an iPhone on iOS 16.2 beta, open the TV app and tap the Continue button for a supported game. Apple says the feature is available for NBA and Premier League games for users in the US and Canada, and for MLB games for users in the US, Canada, Australia, UK, Brazil, Mexico, Japan and South Korea.
Live Activities: More frequent updates
Live Activities will update frequently on iOS 16.2 when a More frequent updates option enabled, allowing users to view more recent information, but Apple warns that this setting can drain the iPhone battery faster.
It’s not clear what the refresh interval for live activities currently is, but the new option will be faster, which should be useful for tracking the arrival of an Uber or a Starbucks delivery order once those apps support the feature.
New home applications engineering
After updating to iOS 16.2 and opening the Home app, an app update is available with New core architecture. Apple says the new architecture improves app performance, efficiency, and reliability for controlling smart home accessories. This comes after the Home app Got Matter extensions support In iOS 16.1.
Report an accidental SOS emergency call
If you accidentally trigger an emergency SOS phone call, iOS 16.2 allows you to Report the incident to Apple and share iPhone diagnostics.
5G in India
iOS 16.2 will be enabled Support for 5G networks in India On iPhone 12 and later, starting with carriers Airtel and Reliance Jio.
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