iOS 16.2 Expected to Launch in Mid-December With Several New Features

iOS 16.2, the next major update to the iOS 16 operating system, can be expected to launch in mid-December alongside iPadOS 16.2, reliable Bloomberg journalist Mark Gurman said today in his Power on newsletter outlining expectations for the remainder of 2022.

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The first beta of iOS 16.2 and iPadOS 16.2 was released for developers and public beta testers last week, so it's still early to outline all of its new features and changes. Still, we already have several new features, changes, and improvements to look forward to that we've recapped below.

Live Activites For TV Sports Games

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iOS 16.2 will re-add Live Activities integration for select sports games for the built-in TV app on the iPhone. Users will be able to track games in real time using Live Activities on their Lock Screen or the Dynamic Island for iPhone 14 Pro models.

Lock Screen Sleep Widget

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iOS 16.2 will add a new Sleep widget option for users to add their Lock Screen. There are three widget options: one showing the amount of time you spent in bed, another showing a bar chart representing sleep quality, and the larger widget that shows time in bed along with a visual representation.

Freeform App

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Announced at WWDC, Freeform is a new app from Apple that allows users to collaborate with friends and co-workers on a single board with drawings, text, videos, images, and more. Freeform is now available to developers and public beta testers and can be expected to launch alongside iOS 16.2, iPadOS 16.2, and macOS Ventura 13.1 in mid-December. Check out our hands-on video for a closer look at Freeform.

External Display Support on iPadOS 16

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iPadOS 16.2 will reintroduce external display support for select iPad models. Before iPadOS 16's release, Apple said it would delay external display support for ‌iPad‌ and Stage Manager and reintroduce it later this year. External display support with iPadOS 16.2 will allow users to connect their ‌iPad‌ to an external display and use ‌Stage Manager‌ to multitask with multiple windows and apps running simultaneously.


Since iOS 16.2 and iPadOS 16.2 are expected to launch in December, there is still plenty of time for Apple to add new features and changes for the update. After iOS 16.2 in mid-December, Apple is expected to launch iOS 16.3, iPadOS 16.3, and macOS Ventura 13.3 around February and March to coincide with new Mac releases, Gurman said today.

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Top Rated Comments

4743913 Avatar
21 months ago
Yes. a major update right before all of their devs go home for the holidays.

what could go wrong?
Score: 40 Votes (Like | Disagree)
I7guy Avatar
21 months ago
In my opinion, ios 16 is shaping up as one of the most interesting releases since IOS 7.
Score: 23 Votes (Like | Disagree)
21 months ago
Apple and bugs are kinda just par for the course now (and been for a while).

I guess why are we paying a premium though if they’re just like Google and Samsung now?
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
furou Avatar
21 months ago
Great! But can 16.3 please be a bug and core features fixing update?
16 has been the buggiest since 11 for me. Plus I want notifications and auto correct to be good again.
And re-add night mode wallpapers…
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
PauloSera Avatar
21 months ago
Literally none of these are remotely significant compared to the HomeKit architecture update also coming 16.2 you managed to leave out.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Mlrollin91 Avatar
21 months ago
Mid-December would match 15.2 release date, but what about Satellite SOS? That’s slated for a November release and seems weird to be a 16.1.1 release rather than 16.2.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)