Apple iOS 16.2 update comes with a wealth of new features. This is the second major update released by the tech giant. If you have upgraded your iPhone to iOS 16.2 version, you want to learn more about its features. We have laid out the details below new iOS 16.2 features.
It is a karaoke feature for Apple Music subscribers. It lets you sing along to your favorite songs with real-time lyrics. It includes options for real-time lyrics, backing vocals and changing the volume. For multi-artist tracks, it has the duet view. As of now, Apple has added more than 50 playlists, including duets, songs, anthems, and choruses.
It is a cross-platform app specially developed for creators. This app is ideal for collaboration. It can be used for saving links, sketching, taking notes, drawing and more. It allows users to organize all their work in one place. According to Apple, it is a creative space for iOS users.
It provides end-to-end encryption for iCloud data categories. It can be used to encrypt message backups, iCloud backups, notes, iCloud drive contents, photos, Safari bookmarks, wallet cards, voice memos, reminders, and Siri shortcuts. It should be noted that Advanced-Data Protection is opt-in, which means Apple cannot recover your data if you forget or lose your password.
- New Home App architecture
When combined with HomePod 16.2 software, it delivers a better experience. According to Apple, the Home App Architecture ensures faster and better performance in smart homes.
- Disable notifications and background for Always-On-Display
With iOS 16.2, you can turn off notifications and wallpapers when the Always-on display screen is on. Once you disable the said things, the always-on-display interface will only show the time along with the widgets that are enabled.
The tech giant has made a few changes in the Software Update section. The text of the software version is bolder than before. This is done to make the text more prominent.
iOS 16.2 defaulted the AirDrop feature to Contacts Only. However, it gives you the option to use this feature for anyone nearby. But it goes back to Contacts Only after 10 minutes.
The new update comes with a Sleep Widget that pulls data from the Health app, Apple Watch, or other devices used to track sleep. It displays information such as sleep quality and time spent in bed. The widget is available in three variants. Tapping the widget will take you to the sleep area of the Health app.
Apple made changes to the Game Center to make it support SharePlay. This allows you to play games with anyone calling via FaceTime. In addition, they have also added an Activity Widget that allows you to see what your friends are playing and achieving in the games.
- Lock Screen Medication Widget
iOS 16.2 also includes a Medication widget. It has two options: the first is a single pill icon, while the second reminds you when to take your medication.
The search function in the Messages app has been improved so that you can find images based on content, such as a person, pet, car or text.
iOS 16.2 has enabled 5G services in India. Several providers already offer 5G services in the country.
This is a new iCloud Private Relay setting option that allows you to temporarily disable it for a specific Safari site.
The Weather app is integrated with Apple News to provide users with weather-related news in their region.
Now you can set Siri to “Prefer silent responses.” You can enable this option in the Accessibility section of the Settings app. This will silence Siri’s responses so that requests aren’t acknowledged aloud.
- Crash detection optimizations
This option prevents iPhone 14 models from calling emergency services when enjoying an intense roller coaster ride.
All features in iOS 16.2 provide a better user experience. You should take advantage of all these features to be more productive with your phone. If you haven’t installed the new iOS update yet, do it now.