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iOS 16.2: All the best new features coming to your iPhone

Updated Oct 31st, 2022 11:56AM EDT
Freeform iPadOS 16.2
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Apple just released iOS 16.2 beta 1 to developers. In addition, the company has made available the first betas of iPadOS 16.2, macOS Ventura 13.1, and watchOS 9.2. Here’s everything we can discover about these new operating system updates.

Freeform is a white canvas that iOS 16.2, iPadOS 16.2, and macOS Ventura 13.1 users will be able to take advantage of when these operating systems are available in the near future. It was introduced during the WWDC 2022 keynote and at that time, Apple said it would launch this feature later in 2022.

Apple calls this app “a powerful new collaboration application with a flexible canvas that allows users to see, share, and collaborate all in one place without worrying about layouts and page sizes, and with full support for Apple Pencil.

In addition to Freeform, iPadOS 16.2 brings support to external displays again. This feature was supposed to be available alongside the Stage Manager release, but due to bugs and users’ complaints, Apple decided to launch Stage Manager without support for an external display with iPadOS 16.1. Now beta testers can experience Stage Manager with an external display on M1 and M2 iPads again.

According to iDeviceHelp, iOS 16.2 now asks users for feedback when they cancel the Emergency SOS code by asking, “did you intentionally trigger Emergency SOS on your iPhone?”

9to5Mac discovered that the Home app has a new architecture so it’s “even more efficient and reliable” for controlling compatible devices. The publication explains:

At least for now, the upgrade is optional. That’s because it affects the experience for some users. For example, the new architecture requires all devices like the HomePod to have Software 16.2 installed. At the same time, Apple has already confirmed that the iPad will no longer function as a HomeKit hub with the new Home app architecture.

But for those who are ready to upgrade to the new architecture, all you need to do is open the Home app, tap the more options button, and then tap Home Settings. Choose the Software Update menu and tap the Home Upgrade Available banner. Again, this is only available for iPhones and iPads running iOS 16.2 beta.

In addition, 9to5Mac also discovered that iOS 16.2 will bring “More Frequent Updates” for Live Activities, so users can see more real-time information, although it can drain the iPhone’s battery faster.

BGR will update this article once we learn more about iOS 16.2 beta 1 and what’s new with this operating system.

More coverage: 5 iOS 16 features Apple still hasn’t delivered

José Adorno Tech News Reporter

José is a Tech News Reporter at BGR. He has previously covered Apple and iPhone news for 9to5Mac, and was a producer and web editor for Latin America broadcaster TV Globo. He is based out of Brazil.

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