Apple Music Sing, Freeform, new widgets, changes to AirDrop and much more

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It’s here. One of the biggest updates to iOS 16 It has just arrived with a multitude of important news for our iPhone. At the same time, iPadOS 16.2 has also arrived, which shares many of the new features and already prepares the operating systems for what we call the spring update.

After the large number of changes that iOS 16 brought us, the new version of iOS 16.2 does not fall short either. The list includes the new Freeform app and changes in AirDrop or more options when configuring the screen always on from our iPhone 14 Pro. Let’s go through the full list.

Interesting news and in many areas

One of the first novelties that we will see in iOS 16, iPadOS 16 and the rest of the systems, is the service of Apple Music Sing. A functionality that allows us to turn our device into a karaoke. The service is available for many songs in the Apple Music library — more every day — and all it requires is for us to play the song and tap the button to see its lyrics.

From there, if the song is supported, we’ll see a volume button with a microphone for, dynamically, reduce or increase the force with which the letter sounds of the song. Thanks to this, whether we want a light accompaniment or a fully instrumental version, we can start singing while following the rhythm indicated on the screen.

the app free form It is another of the great novelties. Apple introduced this app during WWDC and that time it comes to all our devices. Thanks to Freeform, we can capture and order ideas, both individually and collaborativelywith total freedom.

The application is the closest thing to a blank slate in which we can add text, images, documents, photos, annotations, shapes and everything we need to organize a project, brainstorm, plan a trip, etc. A process that we can do collaboratively by seeing the changes that other people bring in real time.

iOS 16.2 brings some new widgets for the lock screen of our iPhone. These are the Medication widgets —an app on our Apple Watch, but a section in the Health app on our iPhone— and also the Sleep app. Thanks to these widgets we can have a clearer and easier view of these important metrics, without even having to unlock our iPhone.

Apple continues to polish the always-on screen of the new iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. In iOS 16.2 it does so by adding a couple of options that allow us to show or hide wallpaper as well as notifications. Thanks to them we can customize the appearance of the “off” screen of our iPhone according to our preferences.

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With this update also come changes to AirDrop. If until now we could have AirDrop reception configured for everyone around us, now we can only configure our iPhone for 10 minutes. After this period of time, our iPhone go back to settings Only contacts automatically to avoid unwanted transfers.

Along with iOS 16.2 also comes a new architecture for the Casa app. According to Apple, this new architecture improves performance, efficiency, and reliability when it comes to controlling HomeKit and Matter accessories. And, although it is not yet available in Europe, this update also brings us advanced data protection, which we can activate to end-to-end encrypt the vast majority of our information on iCloud servers. A feature that, according to Apple, will arrive in early 2023.

Beyond these great news, this update also brings us small details such as improvements in the search in the Messages app, the possibility of showing our hidden IP through iCloud Private Relay temporarily to a specific site, improvements in the detection of accidents of the iPhone 14, changes to the Game Center and, as always, performance improvements and some bug fixes. A very complete update, really interesting, and that We can now install on our iPhone or iPad from the app settings coming into General > Software update.

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