iOS 16.2 Beta Reintroduces Live Sports Scores on iPhone's Lock Screen

iOS 16.1 was released to the public this week with support for Live Activities in third-party apps. However, Live Activities integration for select sports games via Apple's built-in TV app appears to have been pushed back to iOS 16.2.

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Midway through the iOS 16.1 beta testing period, Live Activities integration in the TV app was disabled, but it has been reenabled in the first beta of iOS 16.2 seeded to developers this week. iOS 16.2 will likely be released to the public around December, so the sports feature should finally be available to all users later this year, as Apple promised.

The feature allows iPhone users to view live sports scores at a glance on the Lock Screen, and in the Dynamic Island on iPhone 14 Pro models.

During a Premier League match, for example, the Dynamic Island shows a live-updating scoreboard with the number of goals scored by each club. When long pressed, the Dynamic Island expands to show the time elapsed and play-by-play action. When an iPhone 14 Pro is locked, and on all other iPhone models, the score is shown on the Lock Screen.

To test the feature with an iPhone on the iOS 16.2 beta, open the TV app and tap on the "Follow" button for a supported game. Apple says the feature is available for MLB games for users in the U.S., Canada, Australia, U.K., Brazil, Mexico, Japan, and South Korea, in addition to NBA and Premier League games for users in the U.S. and Canada only. The feature will likely be expanded to other sports leagues in the future.

In the meantime, some sports apps are offering Live Activities on iOS 16.1, such as Sports Alerts.

(Thanks, Mike Quinn and Youssef Salem!)

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Top Rated Comments

St. Germain Avatar
5 weeks ago

I'm missing something...

The point of watching sports is that it is entertainment. You are watching athletes competing...not just watching a scoreboard change its digits. And not knowing how the game ends (who wins) is part of the draw.

Yet we now have generations of people just watching scores? Where does this add value? So they can share/spoil the game for those of us who DVR the games and watch them on our own time (without commercials and idiotic commentary, and when our family time allows us...because, you know...priorities).

Folks - I really love watching football. But watching a game via DVR is a joy akin to having podcasts or audiobooks on my iPhone. It allows me to have more entertainment while still living a life.

Live scores ruin this.
There are plenty of instances where I’d like to follow a game without having the time to actually watch it. Sure, I’ll watch all/most of the games of my favorite team, but I also like to keep tabs on rivals. We have season tickets and there are usually several other games going on while we’re at the game that I’d like to follow.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
imdog Avatar
5 weeks ago

I'm missing something...

The point of watching sports is that it is entertainment. You are watching athletes competing...not just watching a scoreboard change its digits. And not knowing how the game ends (who wins) is part of the draw.

Yet we now have generations of people just watching scores? Where does this add value? So they can share/spoil the game for those of us who DVR the games and watch them on our own time (without commercials and idiotic commentary, and when our family time allows us...because, you know...priorities).

Folks - I really love watching football. But watching a game via DVR is a joy akin to having podcasts or audiobooks on my iPhone. It allows me to have more entertainment while still living a life.

Live scores ruin this.
Lmao what in tarnation? You're obviously not a sports fan. I'd say 90% of the time its to keep tabs on other teams to know where your team is in the standings, and for people to play fantasy sports.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
arpi Avatar
5 weeks ago
perfect place for apple to place ads later...
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
anakin44011 Avatar
5 weeks ago
I'm missing something...

The point of watching sports is that it is entertainment. You are watching athletes competing...not just watching a scoreboard change its digits. And not knowing how the game ends (who wins) is part of the draw.

Yet we now have generations of people just watching scores? Where does this add value? So they can share/spoil the game for those of us who DVR the games and watch them on our own time (without commercials and idiotic commentary, and when our family time allows us...because, you know...priorities).

Folks - I really love watching football. But watching a game via DVR is a joy akin to having podcasts or audiobooks on my iPhone. It allows me to have more entertainment while still living a life.

Live scores ruin this.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ProfessionalFan Avatar
5 weeks ago

I'm missing something...

The point of watching sports is that it is entertainment. You are watching athletes competing...not just watching a scoreboard change its digits. And not knowing how the game ends (who wins) is part of the draw.

Yet we now have generations of people just watching scores? Where does this add value? So they can share/spoil the game for those of us who DVR the games and watch them on our own time (without commercials and idiotic commentary, and when our family time allows us...because, you know...priorities).

Folks - I really love watching football. But watching a game via DVR is a joy akin to having podcasts or audiobooks on my iPhone. It allows me to have more entertainment while still living a life.

Live scores ruin this.

Agreed - I just don't want my iPhone to put it front and center. I have no problem going to nfl.com for the rare instance I find value in knowing a score RIGHT NOW (usually when there are playoff implications). But the last thing I want is for Apple to know my favorite team and start telling me what's happening live...when the joy of watching sports is not knowing the outcome and watching athletes perform.

It reminds me of the Bloomberg stations and people day-trading stocks. If that's your business, I get it. But I certainly wouldn't want my iPhone to tell me every time a stock goes up/down. If I want that information, I know where to find it...but only when I want it.

That said -- I'm 50. I want my iPhone to serve me, which means minimal distractions (and a high bar for what deserves a vibration). My son puts his phone on the couch and the damn thing vibrates every 20 seconds. Holy s**t...no wonder we have an anxiety crisis.

Cue old man jokes in three...two...one...
So don't turn the feature on or use it. Apple isn't going to force live scores on you.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
_Spinn_ Avatar
5 weeks ago

perfect place for apple to place ads later...

Waiting for Apple to place tiny ads for sports gambling apps ('https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/developers-complain-about-gambling-ads-appearing-in-their-app-store-listings.2367476/') next to the live sports scores :p

Live wagers below the scores. One tap bets with your favorite (sponsored) sportsbook.
Please don’t give them any more ideas ?
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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