Apple debuted a plethora of shiny new devices earlier this month having introduced the world to iOS 16 back in September. Looking toward the holiday season, the company will concentrate its efforts on incremental software updates starting with iOS 16.2 in December.
The report comes from Bloomberg journalist Mark Gurman who has a proven track record on Apple product plans. In his recent newsletter, Furman claims that we can expect the release in mid-December, with iOS 16.3 expected to follow in February 2023.
Public beta testers and developers have been munching away at the beta release of iOS 16.2, iPadOS 16.2 and macOS Ventura 13.1 since last week. As such, the list of new features is subject to change or could be abandoned entirely, so should be taken with a grain of salt, but there are a couple of sought-after upgrades potentially in the pipeline.
- External Display Support iPadOS 16 – Allow users to connect their iPad to an external display and use multitasking feature Stage Manager to run multiple windows and apps simultaneously.
- Live Activities Integration for Sports Games – iOS 16.2 will integrate live activities for select sports games alongside the iPhone TV app and will be able to track games in real-time straight from the lock screen with Dynamic Island.
- Lock Screen Sleep Widget – Will track and visually represent the time you spent asleep, while a second accompanying widget will represent sleep quality and a list of other information in bar chart form.
- Freeform App – First showcased at WWDC, Freeform allows users to collaborate on a single board and share ideas such as drawings, text videos, images, and more.
Thats all for now, though as per usual we’ll keep you updated if any new updates arrive.