iOS 16.2 is expected to launch in mid-December with several new features
iOS 16.2, the next major update to the iOS 16 operating system, is set to launch in mid-December alongside the reliable iPadOS 16.2 Bloomberg journalist Mark Gurman said today in his Power One newsletter outlining expectations for the remainder of 2022.
The first beta of iOS 16.2 and iPadOS 16.2 was released for developers and public beta testers last week, so it’s still early to describe all of its new features and changes. Still, we already have several new features, changes, and improvements to look forward to which we’ve summarized below.
Live activities for televised sports games
iOS 16.2 will add live activity integration for select sports games to the built-in TV app on the iPhone. Users will be able to follow games in real time using Live Activities on their lock screen or Dynamic Island for iPhone 14 Pro models.
Lock screen sleep widget
iOS 16.2 will add a new sleep widget option allowing users to add their lock screen. There are three widget options: one showing the time you spent in bed, another displaying a bar graph representing the quality of sleep, and the larger widget which displays the time spent in bed with a visual representation.
Announced at WWDC, Freeform is a new app from Apple that lets users collaborate with friends and colleagues on a single board with drawings, text, videos, images, and more. Freeform is available now for developers and public beta testers and is expected to launch alongside iOS 16.2, iPadOS 16.2 and macOS Ventura 13.1 in mid-December. Watch our hands-on video to get a closer look at Freeform.
External display support on iPadOS 16
iPadOS 16.2 will reintroduce external display support for select iPad models. Prior to the release of iPadOS 16, Apple announced that it would delay external display support for iPad and Stage Manager and reintroduce it later this year. External display support with iPadOS 16.2 will allow users to connect their iPad to an external display and use Stage Manager to multitask with multiple windows and apps running simultaneously.
As iOS 16.2 and iPadOS 16.2 are expected to launch in December, Apple still has plenty of time to add new features and changes for the update. After iOS 16.2 in mid-December, Apple is expected to release iOS 16.3, iPadOS 16.3, and macOS Ventura 13.3 around February and March to coincide with new Mac releases, Gurman said today.