Apple’s new iPhone 14 lineup is already almost two months old, and it’s doing pretty well in sales. There are some simple reasons, as the Cupertino-based tech giant brought the new crash detection system, the Dynamic Island feature replacing the usual notch, improvements in cameras, and more.
iOS 16.2 will also arrive for some Apple products in a few weeks, and we must say that the change log looks pretty impressive already. It’s Apple’s next major update we’re talking about, so you can surely expect some powerful new features!
Release date: mid-December
Both iOS 16.2 and iPadOS 16.2 will arrive on the market around mid-December, as the Power on newsletter of the Bloomberg journalist Mark Gurman reveals.
MacRumors reveals some of the new features that the iOS 16.2 update brings while also mentioning that the final list might differ a bit.
The Freeform app
Apple built a new app known as Freeform, which allows its users to collaborate with others on a single board where they get to present videos, images, drawings, and more. Not only the iOS 16.2 update will get the new Freeform app. Apple’s app will also land for iPadOS 16.2, as well as for macOS Ventura 13.1.
The Freeform app will be available for free, and it already has a dedicated page in Apple’s App Store that says the following:
“Freeform is a great place to bring your ideas to life. Sketch out a project, design a mood board, or start a brainstorming session on a flexible canvas that supports almost any kind of file. And with iCloud, all your boards stay in sync, whether you’re on your Mac, your iPad, or on your iPhone.”
Lock Screen Sleep Widget
Those Apple users who wanted a Sleep widget option to add their Lock screen are in luck! Apple is preparing just that for the upcoming iOS 16.2 update, among other features. The upcoming Sleep widget will be using data that is stored in the Health app and collected by sleep-tracking devices such as the Apple Watch. With the new widget, you can get information such as how much time you’ve spent in bed and more.
Disable Hide IP Address (Safari)
According to other sources, we can also expect the possibility of disabling the Hide IP Address option in Safari. If you have an iCloud+ subscription and use iCloud Private Relay for the purpose of hiding your IP address from the pages you visit using the Safari browser, it’s good to know about the possibility of disabling the option directly from the page settings and for each website you need.
Buckle up and keep your eyes open around mid-December when the new iOS 16.2 update lands!