iOS 16.2 - Apple Makes Changes to Their Always on Display and More

iOS 16.2 – Apple Makes Changes to Their Always on Display and More

With the third beta of iOS 16 finally released, iPhone users can finally have a true always-on display with their iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max. When the phones were released, one of the many features that Apple boasted with their new phone was the always-on display. 

Although Android has had that feature for ages, Apple took a slightly different route. It’s always-on display was not a black screen with the date and time like usual. Instead, Apple put its twist on it. Apple’s always on display showed the date, time, and a darkened version of the wallpaper photo. This drew criticism from many because they wanted a discreet, always-on display that would not draw attention.

Although many praised Apple for making the always-on-display look close to the actual lock screen, it was not enough. In the beta of their new and upgraded iOS, Apple has included controls allowing you to turn off your wallpaper when you have the always-on display on. This means you can finally have the solid back background always-on display that Android does. 

To try it out, if you have the beta version installed, go to settings and then to display and brightness. From here, when you select the Always on Display option, you will see an option asking you to show wallpaper or notifications. If you disable the Show Wallpaper option, you will only see a black screen instead of your wallpaper. Users also hope that this will fix battery drainage issues. The final version of the update will likely be available to download in December.

Other expected features in the iOS 16.2 include sleep and medication widgets that you can add to your home screen and tweaks to live activities. However, there is no confirmation that these updates will be included in the final release. 

Till iOS 16.2 is still being perfected, Apple released iOS 16.1.2, which fixes previous security issues and improves the wireless provider capabilities. iPhones with iOS 16.1.2 also have improved crash detection for the iPhone 14 series and are designed to report potential car crashes. However, this feature was malfunctioning for some as 911 was being called during roller coaster rides. Others said that their crash detection was triggered during skiing, so an update was necessary.

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Abdul Wahab is a Software Engineer by profession and a Tech geek by nature. Having been associated with the tech industry for the last five years, he has covered a wide range of Tech topics and produced well-researched and engaging content. You will mostly find him reviewing tech products and writing blog posts. Binge-watching tech reviews and endlessly reading tech blogs are his favorite hobbies.