iOS 16.2 beta 2: Every new feature and change

iOS 16.2 beta 2 and iPadOS 16.2 beta 2 have arrived, and they include a few notable changes and new features. Apple is aiming for a mid-December release date for these updates, so see below for an overview of what’s been added with today’s new beta releases.

iOS 16.2 beta 2 and iPadOS 16.2 beta 2 are currently available to developer beta testers. We expect new updates to public beta testers as soon as later this week. As always, remember that these updates are actually beta versions and may have performance issues and other bugs. The new features may also be tweaked or removed entirely as beta testing continues.

The first beta release of the iOS 16.2 and iPadOS 16.2 updates included Apple’s new Freefrom collaboration app, updates to the Home app, and more. What’s new in today’s beta 2 releases? Let’s dive in.

What’s new in iOS 16.2 beta 2?

  • First and foremost, iOS 16.2 includes major new accessibility features with a brand new custom accessibility mode. This new interface isn’t live yet, but everything is there under the hood and we’ve been able to activate it and show off the new design. Learn more here.
  • iOS 16.2 beta 2 adds a new medicine widget to your iPhone’s lock screen with two different size options. This joins the new Sleep widget that was added in the first iOS 16.2 beta release.
  • There is a new “More frequent updates” for live activities:
  • 5G is now available for iPhone users in India for the first time with JIo and Airtel networks. Apple had previously announced this feature last week.
  • There are new animations in the Music app for play/pause and skip forward/back.
  • iPadOS 16.2 beta 2 now lets you disable the recent apps strip and dock for both iPad screens and the external display separately, which spotted by Federico Viticci on Twitter.
  • Apple has fixed a bug that previously prevented you from swiping back from the camera on your iPhone’s lock screen.

Do you see any changes in today’s release of iOS 16.2 beta 2 or iPadOS 16.2 beta 2? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter @9to5Mac. Stay tuned for our full hands-on coverage of the new releases right here at 9to5Mac today and the rest of the week.

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