Apple today released the fourth beta of the upcoming iOS 16.2 and iPadOS 16.2 update to developers for testing purposes, two days after Apple released the third beta of iOS 16.2 and iPadOS 16.2 released this week.
Registered developers can download the iOS 16.2 and iPadOS 16.2 configuration files from the Apple Developer Center, and after installation, they can get the beta version wirelessly.
iOS 16.2 and iPadOS 16.2 include the Freeform app for note-taking, sketching, drawing, brainstorming, creating mood boards, and more. Multiple people can work on the same Freeform board, and changes are synced to all participants in real time.
For iPad, iPadOS 16.2 brings external monitor support to Stage Manager multitasking, allowing up to eight apps to be used simultaneously. External display support is available on the M1 and M2 iPad models.
Apple added a new Home app architecture to iOS and iPadOS 16.2, which Apple says is designed to bring faster and more reliable performance, especially in homes with lots of smart home accessories. The new architecture requires HomePod 16.2 beta software, which prevents the Home app from working with devices updated to iOS 16.2, iPadOS 16.2, or macOS Ventura 13.1.
Unintentional emergency SOS calls can be reported to Apple in iOS 16.2, there’s a new sleep widget, live sports scores are back in the TV app, always-on display changes on the iPhone 14 Pro, and more, full details are available on our iOS 16.2 Functional Guidelines. iOS 16.2 is expected to be released in mid-December.
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