Apple Releases Third iOS 16.2 Beta For Developers

Apple has today released the third iOS 16.2 beta for developers, giving them a further look at the update that will reportedly be rolled out to the world next month.

The iOS 16.2 and iPadOS 16.2 betas can now be downloaded by anyone who has the correct developer beta profile installed, with IPSW files sure to also become available.

We can also expect Apple to release this same beta to the public beta channel within the next couple of days, assuming no issues are discovered here.

The iOS 16.2 and iPadOS 16.2 releases are expected to be released within weeks, with Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman saying that the middle of December is the current release window. When the updates do arrive they will bring with them the new Freeform app for the first time. Freeform allows multiple participants to make notes and draw on a canvas in real time.

Specifically to the iPad, the iPadOS 16.2 update will bring with it external display support for Stage Manager, although the feature will only be available on the M2 and M2 iPads whereas normal Stage Manager can be used on older devices.

The updates also include a new Home app architecture that should ensure better performance and reliability, too.

Alongside the latest iOS and iPadOS betas, Apple continues to test new macOS 13.1 Ventura, tvOS 16.2, and watchOS 9.2 betas as well.

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