Apple has introduced several new and improved features for iPhone users with the rollout of the most recent update, iOS 16.2. iPhone 14 Pro users will be the first to take advantage of upgraded always-on display settings that allow users to disable the mode’s wallpaper and alerts if they are too distracting. End-to-end iCloud encryption, the Apple Music Sing karaoke mode, and many more new features that are mind-blowing are also available for users.
End-to-end iCloud encryption in iOS 16.2, has been rebranded and is now known as Advanced Data Protection. This further means that end-to-end encryption is now available to protect data like notes, iCloud backups, and photos. It now includes backups of devices, messages, iCloud Drive, notes, photos, reminders, Safari bookmarks, Siri shortcuts, voice memos, and wallet passes. The protection now extends to 23 “data categories,” up from 14 previously.
For karaoke lovers, iOS 16.2 will deliver Apple Music and its own karaoke function. Real-time lyrics are available in Apple Music Sing, which is now available, and you may change the vocal level to better hear your own voice. Additionally, background voices can be heard separately from the lead vocals, and if you want to sing with a partner, there is a duet view available. For iPhone models 11 and beyond, the capability is accessible as well.
On the iPad, iPadOS 16.2 also contains a new freeform app that lets you create notes and exchange files on a single canvas, as well as support for external displays for Stage Manager. This whiteboard-like tool also functions through FaceTime, making it the perfect choice for small teams looking to interact and keep track of meeting notes and modifications.
Last but not least, the redesigned HomeKit architecture that Apple had initially planned to release with iOS 16 is present in both iOS 16.2 and iPadOS 16.2. The architecture updates, which coincide with Apple’s support of the Matter smart home standard in iOS 16.1 and iPadOS 16.1, should now have improved performance.