Apple has released iOS 16.2 and iPadOS 16.2 beta 4 to developers with Freeform app for collaboration, external display support for Stage Manager, Emergency SOS via Satellite for iPhone 14, and more. The updates are available for iPhone and iPad as over-the-air software updates, as well as from Apple Developer Center.
iOS 16.2 and iPadOS 16.2 beta 4
The biggest change in the new iOS 16.2 beta update is the ability to turn off wallpapers and notifications for always-on display on iPhone 14 Pro models. Currently, the always-on display simply looks like a dimmed version of the lock screen. This change will not only allow users to potentially save more battery life, but also get rid of complaints from users who don’t like the look of the always-on display.
As per Apple’s release notes, the company has also fixed a few issues with the Freeform app, Health app, and HealthKit. Stage Manager’s external display support still has a known issue, which will likely be fixed in upcoming beta updates.
To update to the new beta, go to Settings > General > Software Update on your iPhone or iPad. If you don’t have your device enrolled in the beta program, you can register with the Apple Developer Center for $99/year or sign up for Apple’s public beta software program which is free.
Check out our previous coverage of new features in iOS 16.2 below:
- iOS 16.2 beta 2 updates Stocks app with new watchlists options
- iOS 16.2 beta 2 shrinks Dynamic Island to display signal and WiFi bars when playing music
- iOS 16.2 beta 2 code features new ‘Custom Accessibility Mode’, feature not available to beta testers
- iOS 16.2 beta 2 adds new Medications widget for Lock Screen
- iOS 16.2 public beta will enable 5G connectivity for compatible iPhones in India
- iOS 16.2 beta allows Live Activities to show more frequent updates
- Apple collects data on unintentional Emergency SOS calls on iOS 16.2 beta 1
- iOS 16.2 beta 1 brings new Sleep widgets to iPhone Lock Screen
- iOS 16.2 beta brings a new ‘vehicle’ icon for car Bluetooth stereo
- Apple TV app moves up “Featured” row above “Up Next” row on iOS 16.2 beta and other updates
- iOS 16.2 beta integrates Weather app with Apple News to show regional weather-related stories