Apple released this year’s big update for the iPhone in September, iOS 16, and it was followed by iPadOS 16 for iPads and macOS Ventura for Mac computers in October. Now there is one last update before the new year.
Several features are coming to all three platforms. The first is the new Freeform app, which functions as a digital whiteboard with images, sticky notes and other features, with the ability to invite others and modify remotely. Advanced Data Protection for iCloud is also live, which Apple announced last week as an optional end-to-end encryption mode for most iCloud devices.
iPhone and iPad owners can enable Apple Music’s new Sing feature to display a karaoke view with fully customizable vocals and beat-to-beat lyrics. Mobile devices also get the new HomeKit software platform Matter with more comprehensive support for smart home devices.
iPadOS 16.2 restores external display support for Stage Manager, “up to 6K resolution available on iPad Pro 12.9-inch (5th generation and later), iPad Pro 11-inch (3rd generation and later), and iPad Air (5th generation ). ” You can have up to four apps on the iPad screen and four more on the external display.
The new updates are certainly not groundbreaking, but they make iOS/iPadOS 16 and macOS Ventura a slightly better experience. You can check for updates from the Settings app on your iPhone, iPad, and/or Mac.
Source: MacRumors (1, 2), The Verge