iOS 16 is still in the news. Apple is adding features as expected and making some welcome changes.
The third beta of iOS 16.2 is here, and with it comes a bunch of new options and fixes. The biggest change is Always On.
If you were in a cellar without any connection, know that the iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max incorporate a new feature called Always On (Always On). You read correctly, Apple offers an always-on display. Which has been the standard in the Android world for years. Always on (Always On) means that the screen does not turn off even when not in use, but still displays certain information, such as the time.
Problem, Apple offers this function on the 14 Pro, but in a different way from other manufacturers. Even in standby, the new iPhone constantly displays the lock screen in color, including the time and widgets, along with the wallpaper. It is with reduced brightness, nevertheless the difference is huge and also changes the use of the phone significantly. Even though there exists tips to hide the wallpaper, this display does not appeal to everyone.
New options to customize the Always On
In iOS 16.2, that’s a thing of the past. There are now new display options in Settings > Brightness & Display > Always On. The first option allows you to disable the wallpaper when the always-on display is active, the other disables notifications and widgets.
It shows that Apple listens to its community and it will make this feature more usable. With the option to hide the wallpaper, so you will have a Always On a little more energy efficient, and less annoying in everyday life.
Other new features of iOS 16.2
In iOS 16.2, more new features are available, including new Health app widgets (sleep data and medication tracking), there is also the app Freeform.
Announced by Apple during WWDC 2022, this brand new native application (expected mainly on iPad, but also on iPhone and Mac) will serve as a collaborative whiteboard on which several users can add video, audio, annotations, photos or even PDFs. Everything will be powered by the cloud to allow several users to work together, remotely and simultaneously.
Finally, the Home app can switch to a new Home architecture, which is supposed to be faster and more reliable. However, you will need to update your HomePod and/or your Apple TV to take advantage of it.
iPadOS 16.2 is also here
iPadOS 16.2 will benefit from the new features of iOS 16.2, normally, and also support for an external display with Stage Manager. The option would finally be back, only for iPads with the M1 or M2 chip.
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