Apple today released the third betas of the upcoming iOS 16.2 and iPadOS 16.2 updates to public beta testers and is making the software available to the general public. Today’s beta comes a week after Apple released the second public beta.


Public beta testers who have signed up for Apple’s free beta testing program can download the “iOS and iPadOS 16.2” beta versions over the air after installing the corresponding certificate from the public beta website.

iOS 16.2 and iPadOS 16.2 introduce the Freeform app, which can be used to take notes, sketch, draw, brainstorm ideas, create mood boards, and more. Multiple people can work on the same Freeform board, with changes synced in real-time for all participants.

For iPad, the update brings external display support to Stage Manager’s multitasking feature, allowing up to eight apps to be used simultaneously. External display support is available for iPad models M1 and M2.

external display for the ipados stage manager
iOS and iPadOS 16.2 feature a new Home app architecture that Apple says will deliver faster and more reliable performance, especially in homes with lots of smart home accessories. The new architecture requires HomePod 16.2 Beta software and will result in the Home app not working with devices updated to iOS 16.2, iPadOS 16.2, or macOS Ventura 13.1.

Unintended SOS emergency calls can be reported to Apple in iOS 16.2, and the latest beta has added options to disable notifications and wallpapers from always showing on iPhone 14 Pro models. There are several other changes that can be found in our iOS 16.2 feature guide.

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