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Apple's iOS/iPadOS 16.2 Arrive With Apple Sing, Freeform App and More

December 13, 2022

Apple has just released iOS/iPadOS 16.2 to users. You can download it by going to Settings > General > Software Update on your iPhone or iPad.

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The software brings a number of new features.

First up is Apple Music Sing. For Apple Music users, it turns an iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV 4K into a karaoke machine.

You can sing along with your favorite hits. Millions of songs are available to use with the feature.

With adjustable vocals, you can sing with the artist as take the lead. On the screen, you can see animated lyrics that dance to the rhythm of the vocals.

Vocals sung simultaneously can animate independently from the main vocals to make them easier to follow.

And the Duet view will show multiple vocalists on opposite sides of the screen to make it easier when enjoying a duet or multi-singer track.

You can find of suite of 50 dedicated playlists to enjoy the feature.

Announced last week, users can also enable the optional Advanced Data Protection for iCloud. That will deploy end-to-end encryption for additional iCloud categories including iCloud Backup, Notes, and Photos.

Two other security features, iMessage Contact Key Verification, Security Key for Apple ID, will arrive sometime in 2023.

The new software also brings the Freeform app to the iPhone and iPad.

A digital whiteboard app, it allows users to to collaborate with others without needing to worry about layout and page sizes. Instead, it provides a real-time collaboration space.
It works best on the iPad with an Apple Pencil.

There is also new options for the always-on display of the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. You can choose to hide the wallpaper and notifications. The result is an all-black screen.

Apple is also adding a new Medications widget to quickly view that information.

You can now also enjoy Live Activities on the Apple TV app to see live scores on your Lock Screen or iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max Dynamic Island.

The Home app now offers better reliability and communications between smart home devices and accessories.