Apple released the first betas of its upcoming software updates this week, including iOS 16.2, iPad 16.2, and macOS Ventura 13.1.
The release Date for iOS 16.2
Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman writes in the latest issue of his Power On newsletter that while Apple has completed its hardware releases for the year, it still has more software updates on the way. “The iOS 16.2 and iPadOS 16.2 updates, which started beta testing this week, should be available around mid-December,” Gurman writes in today’s newsletter.
According to Gurman, Apple is planning to release iOS 16.3 and macOS Ventura 13.3 sometime between early February and early March.
According to my sources, Apple plans to release the upgraded models—including M2-based versions of the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros—in the first quarter of calendar 2023, coinciding with the release of macOS Ventura 13.3 and iOS 16.3. These software updates should be available between early February and early March.
iOS 16.2 includes a number of changes, including the new Freeform collaboration app, which Apple debuted at WWDC. Here’s an overview of what’s new:
- With iOS 16.2, Apple will allow users to keep Live Activities updated more frequently.
- For a more dependable experience, iOS 16.2 beta introduces new architecture to the Home app.
- iOS 16.2 introduces a new Sleep widget for your Lock Screen, with a Medications widget on the way.
- iOS 16.2 allows users to notify Apple when Emergency SOS is accidentally activated.
- Here’s how the tv OS 16.2 beta brings multi-user voice recognition to Siri on Apple TV.
- iPadOS 16.2 beta includes the Freeform collaboration app and external display support for Stage Manager.
Developers and public beta testers can now download iOS 16.2.