iOS 16.2 for iPhone is expected to be released in December with these 8 new features. 5G support in India. The update is currently in beta, with many new features and changes already revealed.
iOS 16.2 introduces a number of new features, including Apple's new Freeform whiteboard app, two new widgets a sleep and medication lock screen, the ability to hide wallpapers and notifications on the iPhone 14 Pro always-on display, Live Activity improvements, a redesigned Home app, and more.
iOS 16.2 includes Apple's new Freeform digital whiteboard app for iPhone. The app provides an endless canvas where you can draw and paste notes, text boxes, shapes, photos, 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 iPad as it supports Apple Pencil, but you can still use it on iPhone use a capacitive stylus.
Two new lock screen widgets
iOS 16.2 has two new sleep and medication lock screen widgets. With the Sleep widget, you can view your last sleep session and sleep stages, while the Medication widget allows you to quickly access your medication schedule.
New “Always” -Display Options
Starting with iOS 16.2, you can hide wallpapers and notifications in always-on mode on iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. This results in the lock screen having a solid black, minimalist always-on look like Android.
The new Show Wallpaper and Show Notifications toggles are located in the Settings app under Display “. & Brightness → Always On Display.
Live Sports Scores via Apple TV App
iOS 16.2 adds support for Live Activity for sports performance through the Apple TV app. This feature allows iPhone users to view live scores from MLB, NBA, and Premier League games on the lock screen and in Dynamic Island on iPhone 14 Pro models.
During a Premier League match, for example, Dynamic Island shows an updated real-time scoreboard with the number of goals scored by each club. With a long press, the dynamic island expands to show elapsed time and in-game actions. When iPhone 14 Pro is locked, and on all other iPhone models, the score appears in a banner on the lock screen.
To test this feature on an iPhone in iOS 16.2 beta, open the TV app and tap the Follow button for a supported game. Apple says this 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 Actions: More Frequent Updates
Live Actions will be updated more frequently in iOS 16.2 when the new “More Frequent Updates” option is available. turned on, allowing users to view more up-to-date information, but Apple warns that this setting can drain your iPhone's battery faster.
It's not clear what the refresh interval for Live Activity is currently, but the new setting will be even faster, which would be useful for tracking the arrival of an Uber car or a Starbucks delivery order as soon as these applications support this feature.
New Home App Architecture
After updating to iOS 16.2 and opening the Home app, an update to the app with a new underlying architecture is available. Apple says the new architecture improves the performance, efficiency, and reliability of the smart home accessory control app. This happened after the Home app received support for Matter accessories in iOS 16.1.
Reports of unintentional emergency SOS calls
If you accidentally enable Emergency SOS Phone Call, iOS 16.2 allows you to report an incident to Apple and share iPhone diagnostics.
5G in India
iOS 16.2 will enable 5G networks in India on iPhone 12 and later starting with carriers Airtel and Reliance Jio.
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