Apple today launched the first betas of the upcoming iOS 16.2 and iPadOS 16.2 updates to public beta testers, opening the software to the general public. Today’s beta comes a day after Apple released the beta to developers.

Public beta testers who have signed up for Apple’s free beta testing program can download the ‌iOS and iPadOS 16.‌2 betas over the air after installing the appropriate certificate on the public beta website.

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

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

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There’s a new Home app architecture in iOS and iPadOS 16.2, which Apple says is designed to deliver faster and more reliable performance, especially in homes with lots of smart home accessories. The new architecture requires the HomePod 16.2 beta software and prevents the Home app from working with devices updated to iOS 16.2, iPadOS 16.2 or macOS Ventura 13.1.

Unintended emergency SOS calls can be reported to Apple in iOS 16.2, and some other minor changes can be found in our iOS 16.2 feature guide.

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