Apple’s iOS 16.2 update is now expected to arrive in mid-December, according to a new report. That will mean that it likely arrive around three months after the main iOS 16 update was made available to the public in September.
The news comes after Bloomerg’s Mark Gurman wrote of the mid-December window in this weekend’s Power On newsletter.
The Bloomberg writer says that “the iOS 16.2 and iPadOS 16.2 updates, which began beta testing this past week, should be released around mid-December.”
Those betas are now available to developers as well as those who are on the public beta program and add a number of new features.
The first addition is Live Activities for sports games via the built-in TV app on iPhones. Those Live Activities will be available on the Lock Screen or via the Dynamic Island on iPhone 14 Pro models.
Other additions include support for new sleep Lock Screen widgets as well Freeform, Apple’s collaborative note-taking and document creation tool, and a brand new Home app.
Over on the iPad, the iPadOS 16.2 update will also add support for external displays when using Stage Manager, a feature that was originally part of the iPadOS 16 announcement but was later delayed.
If Gurman’s report turns out to be accurate we can expect Apple to continue the beta process for another six weeks or so before making the updates available to everyone.
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