Apple today provided developers with candidate builds of the upcoming iOS 16.2 and iPadOS 16.2 updates for testing, with betas arriving less than a week after Apple’s release. The fourth seed is iOS 16.2 and iPadOS 16.2 beta.
Registered developers can download an iOS162 and iPadOS 16.2 file from the Apple Developer Center, and once installed, the beta is available live.
Today’s RC brings end-to-end encryption for additional iCloud features, with the feature available to all US users with the launch of iOS 16.2 and iPadOS 16.2. iCloud Advanced Data Protection adds end-to-end encryption for iCloud Backup, Notes and Photos, and iCloud Drive and more. When Advanced Data Protection is enabled, the only iCloud categories not covered by end-to-end encryption include iCloud Mail, Contacts, and Calendar.
iOS 16.2 and iPadOS 16.2 include the Freeform app, which can be used to take notes, draw, doodle, brainstorm, create mood boards, and more. Multiple people can work on the same free-form canvas, with changes synced to all participants in real time.
As for iPadiPadOS 16.2 brings external display support to iPadOS 16.2 Internship Manager Multitasking function, allowing up to eight applications to be used simultaneously. External display support is available for m 1 and m 2 iPad models.
Apple has added a new Home App architecture coming in iOS and iPadOS 16.2, which Apple says is designed to deliver faster and more reliable performance, especially in homes with lots of smart home accessories. The new version requires the HomePod 16.2 beta software and prevents the Home app from working with devices updated to iOS 16.2, iPadOS 16.2, or iOS 16.2 or later. macOS Ventura 13.1.
Unintended emergency SOS calls can be reported to Apple in iOS 16.2, there’s a new sleep widget, live sports scores are back for the TV app, and there are permanent iPhone 14 display changes Pro and more, with full details available on our iOS 16.2 Feature Guide website. Here are Apple’s full release notes for the update:
Freeform is a new application to work creatively with friends or colleagues on Mac, iPad and iPhone
– The flexible canvas lets you add files, photos, tags, and more.
Drawing tools let you draw anywhere on the board with your finger
Apple Music sing
A new way to sing along to millions of your favorite songs in Apple Music
– Fully customizable sounds let you duet with the original artist, solo vocals, or mix them together
– Newly improved tone lyrics make it easier to follow the music
iCloud Advanced Data Protection
The new option brings the total number of iCloud data categories protected by end-to-end encryption to 23, including iCloud Backup, Notes, and Photos, to protect your information even in the event of a cloud data breach.
New settings let you hide background or notifications when Always On Display is enabled on iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max
– Sleep widget lets you view your most recent sleep data
– Medications widget lets you view reminders and quickly access your schedule
SharePlay support in Game Center for multiplayer games so you can play with people you’re on a FaceTime call with
– Activity widget lets you see what your friends are playing and doing in games right from your home screen
– Live Activities in the Apple TV app lets you follow your favorite teams with live scores right on the lock screen or on Dynamic Island on iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max
Improved reliability and efficiency of communication between smart home accessories and Apple devices
This update also includes the following improvements and bug fixes:
– Improved message search lets you find images based on their content, such as a dog, car, person, or text
The Disable IP Address Masking setting allows iCloud Private Relay users to temporarily disable the service for a specific location in Safari.
– Weather news articles display information related to the weather in that location
Sharing indicators in Notes lets you see live indicators when others are making updates in a shared note
– AirDrop now only automatically returns to contacts after 10 minutes to avoid unwanted requests to receive content
– Crash detection improvements on iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro models
Fixes an issue where some notes may not sync with iCloud after updates
Some features may not be available in all regions or on all Apple devices. For more information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this site:
iOS 16.2 should see a mid-December release.