iOS 16.2, the next major update to iOS 16, can be expected to be released in mid-December along with iPadOS 16.2, and it can be counted on. Bloomberg Today journalist Mark Gorman said in his book The Power On Newsletter that sets expectations for the remainder of 2022.
The first beta versions of iOS 16.2 and iPadOS 16.2 were released to developers and public beta testers last week, so it’s still too early to tell about all the new features and changes. However, we already have several new features, changes, and improvements to look forward to what we’ve summarized below.
Live TV Sports Activities
iOS 16.2 will re-add Live Activities integration for select sports to the built-in TV app on iPhone. Users will be able to track games in real time using live activities on their lock screen or Dynamic Island for iPhone 14 Pro models.
Lock screen while you sleep
iOS 16.2 will add a new sleep widget option for users to add their own lock screen. There are three options for widgets: one that shows how much time you’ve spent in bed, another that shows a bar chart representing sleep quality, and a larger widget that shows time in bed with a visual representation.
Announced at WWDC, Freeform is a new app from Apple that allows users to collaborate with friends and co-workers on a single canvas with graphics, text, videos, photos, and more. Freeform is now available to developers and public beta testers and can be expected to launch alongside iOS 16.2, iPadOS 16.2, and macOS Ventura 13.1 in mid-December. Check out our hands-on video for 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 said it would delay support for iPad external display and Stage Manager and would reintroduce it later this year. External display support with iPadOS 16.2 will allow users to connect the iPad to an external display and use the Stage Manager to multitask with multiple windows and apps running simultaneously.
Since iOS 16.2 and iPadOS 16.2 are expected to be released in December, there is still plenty of time for Apple to add new features and changes to the update. After iOS 16.2 was released in mid-December, Apple is expected to release iOS 16.3, iPadOS 16.3, and macOS Ventura 13.3 in February and March to coincide with new Mac releases, Gurman said today.