Apple recently release its latest version of iOS version 16.1, Now Apple has started actively working on the upcoming iOS 16.2 beta 1, it is now available to enrolled developers around the world. Those who have registered and activated the beta profile can download and install this build right away. Here’s a list of everything new in iOS 16.2 beta 1.
iOS 16.2 : Apple Freeform app
It Maybe little new for you about Freeform, This is an app that Apple first previewed during its Worldwide Developer Conference in June. Apple touts Freeform as a brainstorming and collaboration tool, with the app serving as a kind of mobile whiteboard that people can work on together in real-time. It supports text, doodling, media and file insertion, etc. Obviously, it has bugs in iOS 16.2 beta 1, such as the inability to delete boards when offline. Though, you can expect the company to fix the major ones in following beta releases, before the update launches publicly later this year.
Freeform seems to be primarily geared toward the iPad, taking advantage of that device’s larger screen space. Indeed, Freeform also debuts on the iPadOS 16.2 Beta 1 release, which arrived at the same time as the iOS 16.2 update. However, Freeform is designed to work on multiple Apple devices, which is why it’s also included in both iOS 16.2 and the new macOS Ventura beta.
iOS 16.2:New Home App Architecture
iOS Home screen has received a lot of attention in recent version, first with an all-new design that makes it easier to view and control smart home accessories. The iOS 16.1 update brought support for Matter, an interoperability protocol backed by Google, Amazon and Apple that should help different devices work together.
The changes keep coming in iOS 16.2, which is going to usher in a new architecture for the Home app. Apple says the change will bring faster, more reliable performance, though we’ll have to see it in action before we can see what that means for everyday use.
iOS 16.2: Live Activities Changes
Live Activities also just appeared in iOS 16.1, but there will be some enhancements to the feature in iOS 16.2. As a reminder, Live Activities are alerts that appear on the lock screen (or around the Dynamic Island if you’ve got an iPhone 14 Pro or iPhone 14 Pro Max) that give you ongoing updates for things like sports scores, delivery statuses and timers.