iOS 16.2 will be the next update to iOS 16, and is expected to be officially released in mid-December alongside iPadOS 16.2.
iOS 16.2 will be the next update to iOS 16, and is expected to be officially released in mid-December alongside iPadOS 16.2. Currently, the first beta of iOS | iPadOS 16.2 has been rolled out to developers and registered users in the public beta, bringing a number of new features and changes expected in the official release.

Live Activites for Sports:

iOS 16.2 will add Live Activites for sports shows and games on the Apple TV iPhone app. Users can monitor information in real time from the lock screen or Dynamic Island area if they own the iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max models.

The Sleep Widget:

iOS 16.2 lock screen will add a new Sleep widget option for users to add to the lock screen. There are 3 types of widgets: showing the amount of time spent in bed, displaying a graph showing sleep quality, and displaying time in bed with an avatar.

Freeform Apps:

Announced at WWDC 2022, Freeform is a new app from Apple that allows users to collaborate with friends and colleagues on a single workspace, including drawings, text, video, images, and more. Photos, documents etc..

Freeform is now available to developers and public beta testers, expected to launch with iOS 16.2, iPadOS 16.2, and macOS Ventura 13.1 in mid-December.

External Display Support on iPadOS 16:

iPadOS 16.2 will reintroduce external display support for some iPad models. Before the release of iPadOS 16, Apple said the company would delay the feature with Stage Manager and reintroduce it later this year.

External display support with iPadOS 16.2 will allow users to connect an ‌iPad‌ to an external display and use ‌Stage Manager‌ to multitask across multiple windows and running apps simultaneously.

New Medicines Widget for lock screen:

Allows users to quickly access their medication schedule.

New always-on display options:

With iOS 16.2, Apple has improved the Always-On display mode on iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, making the lock screen interface more minimalist, the main color is dark to suitable for this mode and also add "Show wallpaper" and "Show notifications" options in Settings => Display & Brightness => Always on display.

Live Activites adds new option:

iOS 16.2's Live Activity will add a new "Frequently updated" option, allowing users to see updates quickly, but this also consumes more battery.

Home App Upgrade:

After updating to iOS 16.2 and opening the Home app, there will be an update for the app with the new architecture. Apple says this upgrade improves the performance, efficiency, and reliability of apps for controlling smart home accessories.

Report an Unexpected Emergency SOS Call:

If your device accidentally triggers an Emergency SOS call, iOS 16.2 allows you to report problems to Apple and share iPhone diagnostics.

Enabling 5G in India:

iOS 16.2 will enable support for 5G networks in India from iPhone 12 and up, starting with Airtel and Reliance Jio carriers.


Since iOS 16.2 and iPadOS 16.2 are expected to launch in December, there is still plenty of time for Apple to add new features and changes to the official update.

After iOS 16.2 in mid-December, the company will likely introduce iOS 16.3, iPadOS 16.3, and ‌macOS Ventura‌ 13.3 sometime in February and March next year - 2023.


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