Apple plans to release iOS 16.2 in December, according to Bloombergby Mark Gurman and a report on the update enabling 5G support in India. The update remains in beta testing for now, with many new features and changes already discovered.
iOS 16.2 introduces a number of new features, including Apple’s new whiteboard app Freeform, two new lock screen widgets for Sleep and Medication, the ability to hide wallpaper and notifications on iPhone’s always-on screen. 14 Pro, Live Activity enhancements, a new Home App architecture, and more.
free form application
iOS 16.2 includes the new Apple Freeform whiteboard app on iPhone The app provides an infinite canvas for drawing and inserting sticky notes, text boxes, shapes, photos, videos, links, PDFs, and more. The app is also available for 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 Apple Pencil, but you can still use a capacitive stylus on the iPhone.
Two new lock screen widgets
There are two new lock screen widgets For sleeping Y medicines in iOS 16.2. With the Sleep widget, you can view your most recent sleep session and sleep stages, while the Medications widget can give you quick access to your medication schedule.
New always-on display options
Starting with iOS 16.2, you can hide wallpaper and notifications in always-on display mode on iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. This results in the lock screen having a minimal solid black appearance in always-on mode, similar to Android.
New “Show wallpaper” and “Show notifications” toggles are found in the Settings app under Display & brightness → Always on display.
Live activities: sports results through the Apple TV application
iOS 16.2 adds Support for Live Activities for sports results through the Apple TV app. The feature allows iPhone users to view live scores of MLB, NBA and Premier League games at a glance on the Lock screen and Dynamic Island on iPhone 14 Pro models.
During a Premier League match, for example, Dynamic Island displays a live updated score with the number of goals scored by each club. When long pressed, Dynamic Island expands to display elapsed time and play-by-play action. When an iPhone 14 Pro is locked, and on all other iPhone models, the score is displayed in a lock screen banner.
To test the feature with an iPhone on iOS 16.2 beta, open the TV app and tap the “Follow” 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 MLB games for users in the US, Canada, Australia, UK, Brazil , Mexico, Japan and South Korea.
Live activities: more frequent updates
Live Activities will be updated more frequently in iOS 16.2 when it is released. Option “More frequent updates” is enabled, allowing users to see more up-to-date information, but Apple warns that this setting can drain your iPhone’s battery faster.
It’s unclear what the update interval is for Live Activities currently, but the new option will be even faster, which would be useful for tracking the arrival of an Uber vehicle or a Starbucks delivery order once those apps support the feature. .
New home app architecture
After updating to iOS 16.2 and opening the Home app, an app update is available with new underlying architecture. Apple says the new architecture improves the performance, efficiency and reliability of the app for controlling smart home accessories. This comes after the Home app gained support for Matter accessories in iOS 16.1.
Unintentional SOS emergency call report
If you accidentally trigger an SOS Emergency phone call, iOS 16.2 lets you report the incident to Apple and share iPhone diagnostics.
5G in India
iOS 16.2 will enable support for 5G networks in India on iPhone 12 and later, starting with carriers Airtel and Reliance Jio.