Apple is wasting no time and just one day after the release of iOS 16.1, they return with the first developer beta of iOS 16.2 Beta 1 and as usual, this will be available for public beta testers very soon now in addition to this iOS release, we also got iPad OS 16.2 beta 1 Mac OS 13.1 beta 1 watch OS 9.2 beta 1 to iOS 16.2 Beta 1 and Homepod Os 16.2 Beta 1.

So, starting with the size of iOS 16.2 Beta 1 you could see it came in here at 5.32 gigabytes, so another very large size here for this first developer beta that of course will depend on the version they’re coming from and the device you are on now if we go into our settings- General, about you could see 16.2, the new build number here is a 20c5032e, and that e at the end of the build number indicates that we have quite a few betas to go before the final release.

If we go back and then down to the modem firmware you can see that also received a pretty major update here so it’s now 1.21.01 on the 14 series and that should help improve cell connectivity which has been struggling for the 14 series.

We’ve outlined all of the changes found in the iOS 16.2 and iPadOS 16.2 beta so far in this guide.

Freeform App

iOS 16.2 Beta 1 Released
  • Apple debuted a new cross-platform Freeform app in iOS 16.2, iPad 16.2, and macOS Ventura 13.1. Designed for collaboration, Freeform can be used for jotting down notes, sketching, drawing, saving links, and more.
  • Multiple people can work on the same Freeform document, with updates synced for all participants in real time. Apple says that Freeform can be used for sketching projects, designing mood boards, and brainstorming ideas, with the app serving as a creative space.

Stage Manager External Display Support

  • With iPadOS 16.2, Stage Manager on M1 and M2 iPads can be used with external displays once again. This is functionality that Apple removed in the first version of iPadOS 16 to expand ‌Stage Manager‌ to A12X and A12Z iPad Pro models.
  • With external display support, ‌Stage Manager‌ supports up to eight apps for multitasking purposes, rather than four. This functionality is limited to ‌M1‌ and ‌M2‌ iPads.

New Home App Architecture

Paired with HomePod 16.2 software, iOS 16.2, iPad OS 16.2, and macOS Ventura 13.1 add support for an updated Home app architecture that comes following the addition of the Matter smart home standard.

Apple says that the new Home app architecture will bring faster, more reliable performance in homes with many smart accessories, but it requires every device that accesses the home to be running iOS 16.2, iPad OS 16.2, ‌macOS Ventura‌ 13.1, tvOS 16.2, and watchOS 9.2 betas, along with the HomePod 16.2 beta software.

Expanded 120Hz Pro-Motion Support

  • On devices that support Pro-Motion, Apple says that Swift UI animated layout changes will support a 120Hz refresh rate, a functionality that was previously missing.

Unintentional SOS Calls

  • Apple appears to be collecting data on accidental SOS calls with the update, and one user has reported an Apple inquiry about the call that collects system data.

Software Updates

  • Apple has made a small tweak to the Software Updates section of the Settings app, which is available under General. The text of the software version that’s installed is now bolder, making it more apparent.

With the successful release of the new iOS 16.1 Beta version with lots of new features embedded with it, this newly released update is of the same size as before but includes some more features that could make your iOS experience seamless and better than before.

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By Ashish Bharnuke

My name is Ashish Bharnuke from Maharashtra (India). I have completed my Master’s in English Literature (2022) and recently pursuing my assistant professor job.

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