Following yesterday's upgrade for developers, Apple is now making a new public beta of iOS 16.2 available to testers. The iPhone 14 Pro's Always-On display has seen a significant modification in iOS 16.2 beta 3, with the display's ability to turn off the wallpaper and notification features.
The new Freeform collaboration app and upgrades to the Home app are also officially included in iOS 16.2. Under the hood, Apple
has been developing a new "Custom Accessibility Mode" that will offer a "streamlined" experience for iPhone and iPad.
To create apps for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices running iOS & iPadOS 16.2 beta 3, the iOS & iPadOS 16.2 SDK is available. Xcode 14.1, available through the Mac App Store, includes the SDK by default. See the Xcode 14.1 Release Notes for details on the compatibility requirements for Xcode 14.1. A new Always-On Display (AOD) feature is available on the iPhone 14 Pro. Many people objected because it displayed too many components, including the background. In AOD mode, iOS 16.2 beta 3 lets users hide the wallpaper and notifications.
If iCloud data is turned off for Freeform or you are offline, you can't erase boards. (100294085)
Attempts to modify share settings sometimes fail when attempting to add or remove collaborators. (101186059)
Live Activity Tweaks
Support for the Live Activity API debuted in iOS 16.1. This enables apps to push timely information-displaying persistent notifications. The second beta of iOS 16.2 adds the capability to enable more frequent updates. This would enable an app to often refresh a Live Activity's content. Your battery will unavoidably deplete more quickly if you enable this setting.
Modifications to the Music
Apple Music playlists with huge, animated artwork now have new Play and Shuffle buttons thanks to Music Tweaks iOS 16.2 beta 3. The new buttons have translucent hues that change depending on the artwork. These buttons had solid black backgrounds and white text before this update.
Examining iOS 16.2 beta 3 is still something we're doing. We'll update this post when (and if) we notice any other new functionality or visual changes. While you wait, look at the official Release Notes, where Apple has noted some known faults, fixes, and modifications.