Apple started testing the iOS 16.2 and iPad OS 16.2 updates in late October, giving betas to developers and the general public. We’ve had four betas, with the most recent one arriving earlier this week. We decided to shorten the launch window because iOS 16.2 and iPadOS 16.2 are expected to be released before the end of the year.
Since only four betas have been made available since October, iOS 16.2 needs testing before a final release is expected. Before iOS 16.2 is released, we’ll, at the very least, have a release candidate. However, we’ll also get another beta.
Before a release candidate, we typically see five or more betas, but during the holiday season, timelines are pressed. Apple released just four betas of iOS 15.2 last year before the release candidate and launch, so that this year may be similar. If that’s the intention, Apple may release the release candidate of iOS 16.2 the following week, most likely on Tuesday, December 6.
Given that, iOS 16.2 may be released on December 12. If more betas are expected, the week of December 19 is also a possibility, but that falls during Hanukkah and close to Christmas. After Apple released the fourth beta on December 2 and the release candidate on December 7, iOS 15.2 launched last year on Monday, December 13.
Midway through December, which corresponds to the estimated week of December 12, is when we expect iOS 16.2. According to Apple, the Freeform app and other updated features will be available before the year is out.
Even the initial iOS 16.3 betas should be available before the end of December.
Most Notable Features
- The most major changes in iOS 16.2, a major update that brings numerous notable new features to the iPhone and iPad, are listed below.
- Freeform App: Freeform is a cross-platform open-ended whiteboard app with collaboration features that can be used for taking notes, sketching, drawing, saving links, and more. It is available in the most recent betas of the iPhone, iPad, and Mac.
- Stage Manager Support for External Displays Stage Manager is compatible with iPads M1 and M2, allowing users to use it with external displays. It is possible to multitask with up to eight apps. A useful new feature allows users to drag windows from an iPad to an external display and vice versa. Older iPads can use Stage Manager, but only Apple silicon models can support external displays.
- New Home App Architecture: Following the release of Matter, Apple is introducing an updated Home app architecture, which is supported by the iOS 16.2, iPadOS 16.2, and macOS Ventura 13.1 updates. Thanks to the new app architecture, performance in homes with lots of smart accessories will be faster and more dependable. Your entire collection of devices must be updated to the most recent software, though.
- Always On Display Updates – When the always-on display feature is turned on, two new toggles for iPhone 14 Pro models make it possible to disable the wallpaper and notifications. This limits what is displayed on the screen when it is off so that there are fewer distractions.
- Lock Screen Sleep Widget: The Lock Screen now has a Sleep widget for those who use the Apple Watch’s sleep feature.
- Lock Screen Medication Widget: A Medication widget also lets you know when to take a medication.
- News in the Weather App – You will see news headlines in the Weather app when there is local weather-related news, such as information about a storm or a fire.