After a month of beta testing of iOS 16.2, Apple is releasing the Release Candidate of iOS 16.2, which means that this will likely be the version that the company will make available to all users next week. Here are the top features you should expect Apple to introduce to iPhone users soon.
iOS 16.2 RC ships with Release Candidate versions of iPadOS 16.2, watchOS 9.2, tvOS 16.2, and macOS Ventura 13.1. Here are some of the features users should expect to see on their iPhones starting next week:
- New architecture for the Home application;
- The ability to keep live activities updated more frequently;
- Apple New Integration in Weather app with regional stories;
- Sleep and Medication Widget coming soon;
- Improved always-on display for iPhone 14 Pro users.
One of the most important features coming with iOS 16.2 is Free form. This app is a blank canvas that iPadOS 16.2 and macOS Ventura 13.1 users will also be able to take advantage of. It was introduced during the WWDC 2022 keynote, and at the time, Apple said that it would release this feature later in 2022.
Apple calls this app “a powerful new collaboration app with a flexible canvas that lets users view, share, and collaborate in one place without worrying about page layouts and sizes, and with full support for Apple Pencil.
In addition to Freeform, iPadOS 16.2 brings support for external displays again. This feature was supposed to be available together with the release of Stage Manager. Still, due to bugs and user complaints, Apple released Stage Manager without support for an external display with iPadOS 16.1. Now beta testers can once again experience Stage Manager with an external display on iPads M1 and M2.
Yesterday, Apple announced that Apple Music Sing, a sing-along experience for users to take advantage of while using the streaming service, would be available later this month. In today’s RC notes, the company says it’s now live.
BGR will report if the iOS 16.2 RC version has more features than we already know about.