Apple is rolling out a new public beta of iOS 16.2 to testers today, following yesterday’s update for developers. iOS 16.2 beta 3 includes a major change for the iPhone 14 Pro’s Always-On display, with the ability to disable the wallpaper and notification aspects of the display.
Officially, iOS 16.2 adds the new Freeform collaboration app and improvements to the Home app. Under the hood, 9to5Mac found out that Apple has been working on a new “Custom Accessibility Mode” that will provide a “streamlined” experience for iPhone and iPad.
iOS 16.2 beta 3 also added new toggles for the Always-On display in the Settings app: one for disabling the “show wallpaper” feature and another for disabling the “show notifications feature.” If you toggle off the wallpaper and notifications features, your iPhone 14 Pro’s Always-On display will show a pure black design alongside your Lock Screen widgets and the time.
Here’s a rundown of everything we’ve discovered so far:
- Apple News integration appears in Weather app on iOS 16.2 beta with relevant regional stories
- Apple to let users keep Live Activities updated more frequently with iOS 16.2
- iOS 16.2 beta introduces new architecture to the Home app for a more reliable experience
- iOS 16.2 adds new Sleep widget for your Lock Screen, Medications widget also coming soon
- iOS 16.2 lets users report to Apple when Emergency SOS is unintentionally triggered
- tvOS 16.2 beta brings multi-user voice recognition to Siri on Apple TV, here’s how it works
- iPadOS 16.2 beta adds Freeform collaboration app, Stage Manager external display support
- Apple is making iPhone 14 Pro Always-On display work like Android in iOS 16.2
- iOS 16.2 brings new watchlist options to the Stocks app and home screen widgets
According to reporting from Bloomberg, iOS 16.2 is currently slated for a release sometime in mid-December. As always, it’s possible these updates are delayed or features are removed based on development and testing progress over the next month.
In addition to iOS 16.2 beta 3, Apple has also made the following updates available to users registered in the Apple Beta Software Program:
- iPadOS 16.2 beta 3
- macOS Ventura 13.1 beta 3
- watchOS 9.2 beta 3
- tvOS 16.2 beta 3
Spot any changes in today’s update or the other new betas from Apple? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter @9to5Mac. Stay tuned for our full hands-on coverage with the new releases right here at 9to5Mac today and throughout the rest of the week.
Author: Chance Miller