iOS 16.2: a release candidate, with big new features

The release candidate of iOS 16.2 and iPadOS 16.2 is now available for developers, who may well find some new features worthy of interest. Among other things, we are thinking of Apple Music Songthe “karaoke mode” of the streaming service, but also to the satellite emergency SOS which are supposed to be launched in France in the month of December.

If we add to the Freeform lot, the collaborative whiteboard which appeared in a previous beta, as well as small new features of all kinds, and you will finally get a big update! The final version is expected in the next few days, perhaps for December 12.

iOS 16.2 will be able to end-to-end encrypt photos and backups in iCloud

iOS 16.2 will be able to end-to-end encrypt photos and backups in iCloud

iOS 16.2: AirDrop limits AirDrop sharing to 10 minutes worldwide, not just in China

iOS 16.2: AirDrop limits AirDrop sharing to 10 minutes worldwide, not just in China

iOS 16.2: release notes

Freeform

  • Freeform is a new app for working creatively with friends or colleagues on Mac, iPad and iPhone
  • A flexible canvas lets you add files, images, stickies, and more
  • Drawing tools let you sketch anywhere on the canvas with your finger

Apple Music Song

  • A new way to sing along with millions of your favorite songs in Apple Music
  • Fully adjustable vocals let you duet with the original artist, sing solo, or mix it up
  • Newly enhanced beat-by-beat lyrics make it even easier to follow along with the music

Advanced Data Protection for iCloud

  • New option expands the total number of iCloud data categories protected using end-to-end encryption to 23 — including iCloud Backup, Notes, and Photos — protecting your information even in the case of a data breach in the cloud

Lockscreen

  • New settings allow you to hide wallpaper 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

Game Center

  • SharePlay support in Game Center for multiplayer games so you can play with the people you are on a FaceTime call with
  • Activity Widget allows you to see what your friends are playing and achieving in games right from your Home Screen

AppleTV

  • Live Activities for Apple TV app let you follow your favorite teams with live scores right on your Lock Screen or in Dynamic Island on iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max

Home

  • Improved reliability and efficiency of communication between your smart home accessories and Apple devices

This update also includes the following improvements and bug fixes:

  • Improved search in Messages allows you to find photos based on their content, like a dog, car, person, or text
  • Turn Off Hide IP Address setting enables iCloud Private Relay users to temporarily disable the service for a specific site in Safari
  • News articles in Weather display information relevant to the weather in that location
  • Participant Cursors in Notes allow you to see live indicators as others make updates in a shared note
  • AirDrop now automatically returns to Contacts Only after 10 minutes to prevent unwanted requests to receive content
  • Crash Detection optimizations on iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro models
  • Fixes an issue that causes some notes not to sync with iCloud after updates are made

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iOS 16.2: a release candidate, with big new features


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