The following update to the iOS 16 operating system, iOS 16.2, is expected to be released in mid-December alongside iPadOS 16.2, according to dependable Bloomberg journalist Mark Gurman in his Power on newsletter today outlining predictions for the rest of 2022.
It’s still too early to list all the new features and changes in iOS 16.2 and iPadOS 16.2, which released their first beta for developers and general beta testers last week. Nevertheless, we already have many upcoming new features, modifications, and enhancements that we’ve highlighted below.
Live Activities For TV Sports Games
Live Activities integration for a few sports games will be added again in iOS 16.2 for the iPhone’s built-in TV app. Users can follow games in real time using Live Activities on their Lock Screen or Dynamic Island for iPhone 14 Pro models.
Lock Screen Sleep Widget
Users of iOS 16.2 will be able to add a new Sleep widget option to their Lock Screen. There are three widget choices: one that displays how much time you spend in bed; another that displays a bar chart that depicts the quality of your sleep; and the larger widget that displays both the amount of time spent in bed and a visual representation.
Freeform is a brand-new Apple app revealed at WWDC. It enables users to collaborate with friends and coworkers on a single board with drawings, text, videos, images, and more. Freeform is currently accessible to developers and open beta testers. It will likely be released in the middle of December, along with iOS 16.2, iPadOS 16.2, and macOS Ventura 13.1. For a more thorough examination of Freeform, watch our hands-on video.
External Display Support on iPadOS 16
Select iPad models will again support external displays with the release of iPadOS 16.2. Apple had previously stated that it would postpone and reintroduce external display support for iPad and Stage Manager after the release of iPadOS 16. With iPadOS 16.2, users can connect their iPad to an external display and use Stage Manager to multitask with several windows and apps open at once.
There is still enough time for Apple to add new features and changes for the update because iOS 16.2 and iPadOS 16.2 are anticipated to go on sale in December. According to Gurman, Apple will release iOS 16.2, iPadOS 16.3, and macOS Ventura 13.3 around February and March to coincide with the release of new Macs. This follows the release of iOS 16.2 in the middle of December.
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