The following significant update to the iOS 16 operating system, iOS 16.2, is anticipated to be released in mid-December accompanying iPadOS 16.2, according to dependable Bloomberg journalist Mark Gurman in his Power on newsletter today giving predictions for the rest of 2022.

It’s still too early to include all of the new features and improvements in iOS 16.2 and iPad ios16.2, which only launched their first beta for developers and general beta testers last week. Nevertheless, we already have a number of upcoming new features, modifications, and enhancements that we’ve outlined below.

1. Live Events For TV Sports Games

iOS 16.1: These 34 apps are already using Live Activities and Dynamic Island | Macworld

Live Activities integration for a few sports games will be added again in iOS 16.2 for the iPhone’s built-in TV app. Using Live Activities on their Lock Screen or Dynamic Island for iPhone 14 Pro models, users will be able to follow games in real-time.

2. Sleep Lock Screen Widget

Users using iOS 16.2 will be able to add a new Sleep widget option to their Lock Screen. There are three widget choices: one that displays the amount of time you spent in bed; another that displays a bar chart illustrating the quality of your sleep; and the larger widget that displays the amount of time spent in bed coupled with a visual representation.

iOS 16.2 Beta Brings New Sleep Widget to Lock Screen

3. App Freeform

Freeform is a brand-new Apple program that was unveiled at WWDC that enables users to communicate with friends and coworkers on a single board with drawings, text, videos, pictures, and more. Freeform is currently accessible to developers and open beta testers, and it will likely be released in the middle of December along with iOS 16.2, iPad iOS 16.2, and macOS Ventura 13.1. For a more thorough examination of Freeform, see our hands-on video.

Hands-On With The New Freeform App In IPadOS 16.2

4. External Display Support on iPadOS 16

Select iPad models will once again enable external displays with the release of iPadOS 16.2. Apple had previously stated that it would postpone and then return external display functionality for iPad and Stage Manager after the release of iPadOS 16. With iPad iOS 16.2, users will be able to connect their iPad to an external display and utilize Stage Manager to multitask with several windows and apps open at once.

iPadOS 16.2 beta features Freeform, full external display support | AppleInsider


There is still plenty of time for Apple to introduce new features and modifications for the update because iOS 16.2 and iPadOS 16.2 are anticipated to be on sale in December. According to Gurman, Apple will release iOS 16.2, iPadOS 16.3, and macOS Ventura 13.3 in February and March to coincide with the release of new Macs. This follows the release of iOS 16.2 in the middle of December.

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