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iOS 16.2 Offers Fantastic Year-End Updates For iPhone Users

10:22 AM December 13, 2022

Apple will provide amazing iPhone updates before we start 2023. Expect iOS 16.2 to become available in the coming days. 

It brings new apps like the Sleep and Medications widgets. Moreover, it will provide new features for existing programs like Apple Music.


We will cover the expected iPhone updates from iOS 16.2. Keep your phone connected to the internet, as it is just around the corner!


This represents the Freeform feature.

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Idea boards help students and employees plan various projects. Soon, Apple will provide a digital version called Freeform.

The company promoted it as a brainstorming and collaboration tool during its Worldwide Conference in June. 

You may describe it as a mobile whiteboard where people could write ideas and show images in real-time.

It looks more suitable for the iPad than the iPhone due to its size. Still, Freeform will be a part of the upcoming iOS 16.2 and iPadOS 16.2 Beta 1 release. 

Sleep and Medications Widgets

This represents the Sleep widget.

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The previous iPhone update expanded the use of home screen widgets. Soon, iOS 16.2 will take the feature further by including the Sleep and Medication widgets. 

The former will enable users to check sleep-monitoring data from the Lock Screen. Moreover, iOS 16.2 will bring a health widget named Medications. 

It will help users check their medicine dosage schedules from the Lock Screen. The Medications app could be a lifesaver if you take multiple prescription drugs. 

Custom Accessibility Mode

This represents the Custom Accessibility Mode.

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Are the iPhone icons too small? You could make them bigger with iOS 16.2’s Custom Accessibility mode.


Moreover, it lets you add new controls. For example, you could require the iPhone to unlock only with a touch-and-hold input.

The new mode will show an obvious Back button at the bottom of the screen. Additionally, it will have options to enlarge on-screen text, disable volume buttons, and modify other apps. 

Improvements to Live Activities

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The Live Activities feature first appeared in iOS 16.1, allowing users to follow real-time updates like flight schedules or ongoing sports activities.

Long-time Apple insider sites 9to5Mac and MacRumors claim they have seen how iOS 16.2 will improve the feature.

The former says Live Activities will request updates at shorter intervals to provide more frequent alerts. 

Also, MacRumors says the Live Activities feature will integrate with specific sporting events in the TV app. These include NBA, MLB, and Premiere League matches in the US.

The tech insider added that a Follow button would toggle automatic score updates on the Dynamic Island or the lock screen. 

What are the other changes in iOS 16.2?

This represents the iOS 16.2 update.

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The upcoming update will offer multiple small changes, not just implement new features. For example, it will expand ProMotion support for the iPhone 13 Pro and the 14 Pro.

The iOS 16.2 update will hide the signal bars and the Wi-Fi icon while playing music on the iPhone 14 Pro.

According to MacRumors, it would enable users to keyword search for pictures in Messages based on content. 

For example, it would look for images with dogs instead of filenames with the word “dog.” Also, the iOS Weather app will show the Apple News widget to provide more details. 

Apple Music Sing will arrive with iOS 16.2, letting you have a karaoke session with your favorite songs. 

More importantly, it will implement Advanced Data Protection to bring end-to-end encryption to iCloud storage. As a result, your iPhone will have enhanced data security. 


Apple will release the new iOS 16.2 in December 2022, but it has not provided an exact date. In response, you should keep your phone linked online.

You may also check it yourself by going to the Settings app. Then, tap General and the Software Update options.

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