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iOS 16.2 with Freeform, Apple Music Sing and more is just days away

Apple seeded the released candidate iOS 16.2 to developers on Wednesday, taking a big step toward giving iPhone users access to the Freeform collaboration app, the recently announced Apple Music Sing, and other new features.

The release candidate of iPadOS 16.2 also came out with almost the same set of features. Additionally, macOS Ventura 13.1 RC, watchOS 9.2 RC, and tvOS 16.2 RC have also been seeded for developers.

iOS 16.2 and iPadOS 16.2 bring new features and other changes

Release candidates are what Apple used to call gold masters, and they give beta testers a chance to test the final version of operating systems before they’re released to average users.

They also give the world a sneak peek at the official release notes for Apple’s operating systems. The release notes for iOS 16.2 say:

“This update introduces Freeform, an app that provides a great place to brainstorm and bring your ideas to life. This version also adds Apple Music Sing, advanced data protection for iCloud, lock screen improvements, and other features and bug fixes for your iPhone.”

iPadOS 16.2 Notes are perfectly identical.

Freeform is a collaboration app for iPhone, iPad, and Mac that was first introduced at WWDC22. It allows users to work together in a shared digital space without worrying about layouts and page sizes.

Apple Music Sing shows users the real-time lyrics needed to sing along to their favorite songs. And Advanced Data Protection for iCloud encrypts many more types of data stored in Apple’s cloud storage.

the mac cult The guide for iOS 16.2 beta outlines many more changes that are coming in the new version.

And the rest

macOS Ventura 13.1, watchOS 9.2, and tvOS 16.2 are minor updates.

As noted, Mac users will gain access to Freeform in the next release. Apple Watch and Apple TV are just being modified.

Still only for developers

Starting Tuesday, the iOS 16.2, iPadOS 16.2, macOS 13.1, watchOS 9.2, and tvOS 16.2 release candidates are available only to developers who pay to be in Apple’s developer program. That being said, those in Apple’s free public beta program should have access soon.

Full releases for all users could arrive in mid-December, about a week after the RCs.

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