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iPadOS 16.2 brings Freeform app, Stage Manager improvements

Published Dec 13th, 2022 12:59PM EST
Freeform iPadOS 16.2
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Alongside iOS 16.2, Apple is releasing iPadOS 16.2. This exclusive operating system for iPad models is full of new features, as the Cupertino firm is finally making available some of the long-promised function that should have arrived alongside iPadOS 16 (or 16.1) a couple of months ago. Here are the most important.

Freeform app: 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 will fully support the Apple Pencil.” It works across the iPhone, the iPad, and the Mac.

Stage Manager: With iPadOS 16.2, Apple is now bringing back external display support with resolutions up to 6K available on iPad Pro 12.9-inch (5th generation and later), iPad Pro 11-inch (3rd generation and later), and iPad Air (5th generation). In addition, it’s possible to drag and drop files and windows from a compatible device to a connected display. Last but not least, Stage Manager now offers support for using up to four apps on the iPad display and four on the external display.

Apple Music Sing: This brings a new way to sing along with millions of songs using Apple music with fully adjustable vocals and new enhanced beat-by-beat lyrics.

Advanced Data Protection:  With iPadOS 16.2, a 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.

Game Center: SharePlay support in Game Center for multiplayer games so you can play with the people you are on a FaceTime call with.

In addition, iPadOS 16.2 also brings some improvements and bug fixes:

  • Improved search in Messages allows you to find photos based on their content, like a dog, car, person, or text
  • Tracking Notifications alert you if an AirTag separated from its owner is nearby and has recently played a chime to indicate it is moving
  • Turn Off Hide IP Address 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 reverts to Contacts Only after 10 minutes to prevent unwanted requests to receive content
  • Fixes an issue that causes some notes not to sync with iCloud after updates are made
  • Fixes an issue that may cause Multi-Touch gestures to become unresponsive while using the Zoom accessibility feature

Alongside iPadOS 16.2, Apple is also releasing iOS 16.2, macOS Ventura 13.1, watchOS 9.2, and tvOS 16.2.

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.