Following recent RC Apple now releases iOS/iPadOS 16.2, macOS 13.1 Ventura, watchOS 9.2 and tvOS 16.2. Xcode 14.2 is also released.
HomePodOS received corresponding update (which is required for Home updates and Matter support).
Apple also releases security bug fixes for previous OS releases - iOS 15 and macOS 11 Big Sur and macOS 12 Monterey.
This update brings several important updates:
- iCloud Advanced Data Protection;
- Support for Rapid Security Responses;
- Freeform application;
- Apple Music Sing;
- New Apple Watch workout modes;
- Apple Home reliability improvements;
- iPadOS external display support.
- iOS 16.2 rolling out today with Apple Music Sing, Freeform app, much more
- Apple Releases New HomePod 16.2 Software
- Apple Releases iOS 16.2 and iPadOS 16.2 With Freeform, Apple Music Sing, Advanced Data Protection and More
- Apple Releases watchOS 9.2 With Outdoor Workout Improvements, Crash Detection Optimizations, Noise App Tweaks and More
- Apple Releases tvOS 16.2 with Apple Music Sing, TV App Tweaks and More
- iPadOS 16.2 and Stage Manager for External Displays: Work in Progress, But Worth the Wait
- Apple Releases macOS Ventura 13.1 With Freeform, Advanced Data Protection, Find My Improvements and More
- Freeform Leverages the Freedom and Flexibility of a Blank Canvas
- Apple's Advanced Data Protection feature is here - what you need to know
- iPadOS 16.2 brings these improvements for Stage Manager, plus AirTag tracking alerts
- Hands on with Apple's Freeform collaborative brainstorming app
- watchOS 9.2 now available for Apple Watch; here’s everything new
- iOS 16.2 patches over a dozen security vulnerabilities, iOS 15.7.2 also available with fixes
- Apple Music launches collection of playlists with songs perfect for ‘Sing’ karaoke feature
- iOS 16.2 and iPadOS 16.2
- macOS 13.1
- iOS 16.2 and iPadOS 16.2 Fix Over 30 Security Vulnerabilities
- Xcode 14.2 released with support for iOS 16.2, macOS Ventura 13.1
- Xcode 14.2 Release
- Apple Watch Ultra gains battery improvement with watchOS 9.2 and Multisport workouts
- New Apple Music Sing Playlists Now Available in iOS 16.2
- 9to5Mac Daily: December 13, 2022 – Everything new in iOS 16.2, macOS 13.1, and more
- iOS 16.2 Features: Everything New in iOS 16.2
In an interview to Joanna Stern, Craig Federighi confirms that Apple stopped development of previously announced CSAM detection features.
In this interview Craig Federighi discussed new privacy and security features added by Apple to iCloud and their effect on law enforcement ability to extract data from iCloud.
One of the nixed features is Photos CSAM detection which was criticized by many privacy-focused groups and organizations.
The Wall Street Journal: Apple Plans New Encryption System to Ward Off Hackers and Protect iCloud Data (Apple News+)
- Apple confirms that it has stopped plans to roll out CSAM detection system
- Apple Abandons Plans to Detect Known CSAM Stored in iCloud Photos
- Apple Has Stopped Development of System to Identify Child Sexual-Abuse Material
- Joanna Stern Interviews Craig Federighi Regarding New iCloud Security Features
- Apple's Craig Federighi Discusses Expanded iCloud End-to-End Encryption
Felix Krause published a tool to review how in-app browsers are hijacking user's actions in the web. Tools follows report made by the same developer.
TikTok's browser even captures every key stroke (including passwords) and reports those back to app owner.
Apple made an announcement on ability to increase device safety by sacrificing some of the capabilities:
- Most of attachments in Messages are blocked;
- Some of Apple services (such as FaceTime) are blocked unless user explicitly communicated with the initiator previously;
- Wired connection to computer is disabled when device is locked;
- MDM and configuration profiles could not be installed.
Lockdown mode will be in active development, new restrictions and safeguards might be added soon.
Lockdown mode will be available for iOS 16, iPadOS 16 and macOS 13 Ventura.
It is expected that this mode will be used by small number of people who are potentially in risk of targeted cyberattacks, however, feature itself will be available to all users within settings later this year. As of now beta 3 is shipped with Lockdown mode settings available.
Apple publishes next round of beta versions for upcoming big releases. iOS/iPadOS 16, macOS 13 Ventura, watchOS 9 and tvOS 16 now released as beta 3. Corresponding Xcode beta is also published.
- iCloud Shared Photo Library is now available;
- AFib history is now available;
- Lockdown mode can be enabled;
- Several Lock Screen enhancements to provide better experience with widgets;
- Safari will support virtual card numbers for online purchases on participating banks;
- Also, there is a "clownfish" wallpaper which was used on original iPhone announcement, but never actually shipped with iOS or iPhoneOS.
Beta download: Operating Systems
- iOS & iPadOS 16 Beta 3 Release Notes
- macOS 13 Ventura Beta 3 Release Notes
- watchOS 9 Beta 3 Release Notes
- tvOS 16 Beta 3 Release Notes
- Xcode 14 Beta 3 Release Notes
The goal with Privacy Sandbox is for "users (to) know their information is protected, and developers and businesses have the tools to succeed on mobile". The intention is to make ad tracking on Android more secure and private without using Apple's “blunt” method.
Apple published a document explaining iCloud Private Relay mechanisms.
At the same time multiple European carriers are trying to ban or at least block iCloud Private Relay.
There are reports that T-Mobile is also trying to block it even in US. However, that is a bit more complicated.
- Apple: ‘iCloud Private Relay Overview’ (PDF)
- T-Mobile Might Be Blocking iPhone Users From Enabling iCloud Private Relay in the U.S.
- T-Mobile blocking Apple's iCloud Private Relay for some - but it's complicated
- More on T-Mobile Blocking iCloud Private Relay
- T-Mobile Says iOS 15.2 Bug Turning Off iCloud Private Relay for Some Users
Release Candidate is published for upcoming OS releases.
These updates include Apple Music Voice Plan support, service history is now tracked on the phone.
Also, iOS now includes App Privacy Report.
iOS & iPadOS 15 introduced the Record App Activity feature in the privacy settings, allowing people to save a summary of sensor, data, and internet access by apps on their device. In iOS & iPadOS 15.2, this activity is presented in Settings in a new UI called App Privacy Report. This is a great opportunity to review your app’s sensor, data, and internet usage. To view your activity in the report, go to Settings > Privacy > App Privacy Report > Turn On App Privacy Report. Activity will show once you use your app. (78696668)iOS & iPadOS 15.2 Release Notes
Siri gets Dutch language support on HomePod in this RC hinting upcoming availability of HomePod in Netherlands.
Legacy Contacts are also enabled in RC.
macOS 12.1 Monterey now supports SharePlay, but Universal Control is still missing. Also RC includes a lot of fixes, including problems with charging, "notch" and others.
watchOS 8.3 RC now enables ECG in China and adds Assistive Touch support to older models.
Corresponding Xcode 13.2 RC is also released.
Beta download: Beta Software Downloads
- Apple Seeds Release Candidate Version of watchOS 8.3 to Developers
- Apple Seeds Release Candidate Versions of iOS 15.2 and iPadOS 15.2 to Developers
- iOS 15.2 RC now available for developers, here are the full release notes
- watchOS 8.3 RC now available with Apple Music Voice Plan, App Privacy Report, more
- Apple Seeds Release Candidate Version of macOS Monterey 12.1 to Developers
- Apple Music Voice Plan Coming in iOS 15.2
- Apple releases macOS 12.1 RC, but Universal Control is still missing
- Universal Control Not Coming in macOS Monterey 12.1 and iPadOS 15.2
- macOS Monterey 12.1 Fixes Major Tap to Click, YouTube HDR, and Charging Bugs
- macOS 12.1 fixes bugs affecting MagSafe charging, YouTube HDR, the MacBook Pro notch, and more
- iOS 15.2 Adds 'Parts and Service History' Feature to iPhone
- watchOS 8.3 and iOS 15.2 Release Candidates Enable Apple Watch ECG in China
- Apple brings Dutch support to Siri on HomePod, hints at Netherlands HomePod mini release
- Apple Seeds Release Candidate Version of tvOS 15.2 to Developers
- macOS 12.1 Fixes Menu Bar Icons Obscured by Notch on 2021 MacBook Pros
- watchOS 8.3 Release Candidate Expands AssistiveTouch to Older Apple Watch Models
Reports show that Life360 (company that recently bought AirTag competitor Tile) sells location data of its users to third parties.