iOS 16: 5G support, Freeform app and 7 other new features for iPhone users
Apple has officially rolled out iOS 16.2 update for iPhone users. Headlining among all the new features is 5G support for select iPhone models in India. In addition, there is a brand new app for better collaboration, new lock screen widgets, live activity and much more. We list some important new features that iPhone users can start using, starting today:
5G is coming to iPhones in India
With the rollout of iOS 16.2, iPhone users in India can start using 5G in areas where it is available. Keep in mind that right now 5G coverage – from Reliance Jio and Airtel – is only available in select cities. Also, if you have an iPhone that is older than the iPhone 12 series, you will not be able to use 5G, as the older models do not have support for it.
Karaoke with Apple Music Sing feature
Apple Music Sing is a pretty cool feature to use if you’re a fan of karaoke. The feature allows users to sing along to their favorite songs with adjustable vocals, and real-time lyrics and even lets them perform duets.
Always-on display gets this much-needed feature
iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max users can now hide the wallpaper and notifications in always-on display mode. Once activated, the lock screen of the two new iPhone models offers a kind of black screen — something Android phones use.
AirDrop feature gets more ‘options’
Before iOS 16.2, the AirDrop feature had two options to share files, images and other things – either they could share/receive them with “Everyone” or “Contacts Only”. With iOS 16.2, users will see an option “All for 10 minutes”. It will automatically revert to “Contacts Only” after the set time limit of 10 minutes.
Advanced data protection in iCloud
Apple will now give users the option to make their iCloud data even more secure. There’s a new option that expands the total number of iCloud data categories protected with end-to-end encryption to 23, including iCloud backups, notes, and photos.
Better search functionality in Messages
iOS 16.2 brings improved search in Messages, allowing users to find photos based on their content, such as a dog, car, person or even a text.
The brand new Freeform app for better collaboration
Apple showcased the Freeform app at WWDC 2022 and iOS 16.2 finally brings it to the iPhone. Freeform is a new app that makes collaboration easier on Mac, iPad and iPhone. It’s like a digital whiteboard that has a flexible canvas, allowing users to add files, images, stickers and more. Furthermore, there are drawing tools that allow users to sketch anywhere on the canvas with their finger.
New lockscreen widgets for medication, sleep data
Two new lock screen widgets were added with iOS 16.2. Sleep widget, which allows users to see their most recent sleep data. And medication widget, which allows users to see reminders and quickly access the medication schedule if they have any.
Game Center is getting new features
Users will now have SharePlay support in Game Center for multiplayer games. This means that one can actually play with the people they are on a FaceTime call with. The new activity widget also allows users to see what their friends are playing and accomplishing in games on the home screen.