Several new features have been added to iOS 16.2 since its release, including new notifications, widgets, and the ability to change the way your phone sounds. The new widgets are a great way to make your phone easier to use, and the new Game Center widgets are a great way to keep track of your activities.
Game Center Widgets are now called Activity
During the WWDC keynote, Apple showed off a new whiteboard app and a collaborative app, both of which are available for iPad users. However, the real headliner is the iOS 16 Home app which has received a major makeover. This update includes a new widget platform, a built-in editor, and a slew of theming and customization tools.
The new Home app also supports the Matter smart home connectivity standard. This gimmick allows users to connect to a wider range of smart accessories and devices.
Apple claims that the new Home app is faster and more reliable. They also rolled out a new widget platform which includes a wallpaper gallery. You can now add widgets to any empty spot on your Home screen. The new widgets include the standard icons plus a number of gimmicks. Among them is a Game Center widget which lets you open a game app of your choice. A widget can be added to the Home screen in three different sizes.
The Game Center widget also boasts a re-download option. The best part is that the widgets are available for free. However, Apple users have reported a number of problems with the new iOS release. To see if your device is ready to upgrade, sign up for Apple’s Beta Software Program.
Sleep and Medication widgets
Among the new features that Apple is testing in its iOS 16.2 beta release are two new Sleep and Medication widgets. These widgets will be added to the Lock Screen and will allow users to monitor their sleep and medication intake, respectively.
The Sleep widget will display data such as the duration of the last sleep, the amount of time spent in bed, and a bar chart illustrating the quality of sleep. This widget draws from data collected by Apple Watch and Health app.
Apple also added a new parameter in the Health app that allows users to manage their medications. This feature also allows users to set a schedule and receive reminders. The app also allows users to learn about potential interactions with medications and marijuana.
Apple is also developing a new Medication widget, but has not released an official release date for this feature yet. While much of the code for this widget has already been discovered in the iOS 16.2 Beta 1 release, it is not yet visible to the general public. It is also not clear whether the widget will be a Home Screen widget or a Lock Screen widget.
The Medications widget, on the other hand, will be available in iOS 16.2 beta 2. This widget will allow users to track upcoming medications from the Lock Screen.
Custom Accessibility mode
Earlier this week, Apple’s developer beta of iOS 16.2 showed evidence of a new “Custom Accessibility Mode”. This mode, described as a “streamlined” way to use an iPad or iPhone, will allow users to customise settings and hardware buttons on their device.
The mode will replace the Springboard home screen, allowing users to choose which apps and widgets are displayed. Users can also set the size of text and hardware interface elements. It also adds a “back” button to the bottom of the screen.
The new mode is also designed for people with visual impairments or older adults. It will feature enlarged icons and app icons. It will also include a “basic” lock screen.
The mode is also expected to make it easier for users to jot down notes or brainstorm ideas. It is also said to work in real-time, meaning changes will be synchronised. It is also said to work on both Android and Apple tablets.
Apple has not yet confirmed if the new Custom Accessibility Mode will be available with the public release of iOS 16.2, but it seems like a worthwhile addition. Many users might benefit from a phone that is easier to use, particularly if they spend a lot of time on their phone.