iOS 16.2 arrives with improved always-on display and iCloud end-to-end encryption

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Apple’s latest iOS 16.2 update is now rolling out and includes a number of new and improved features for iPhone users. iPhone 14 Pro owners will benefit from improved always-on screen settings that allow users to turn off the mode background and notifications if they get distracted. Other new features include end-to-end iCloud encryption, Apple Music Sing karaoke mode, and much more.

End-to-end iCloud encryption is branded as Advanced Data Protection in iOS 16.2 and means data such as Notes, iCloud backups and photos are now protected with end-to-end encryption. The protection now covers 23 “data categories,” down from 14, and includes device backups, message backups, iCloud Drive, notes, photos, reminders, Safari bookmarks, Siri shortcuts, voice memos, and wallet cards.

Apple Music now has a karaoke mode that can mute a song’s main vocals

If you’re a karaoke fan, Apple Music is getting its own karaoke mode with iOS 16.2. Launching today, Apple Music Sing offers real-time lyrics and the ability to adjust the volume of vocals so you can better hear your own voice. Backing vocals can also appear independently of the lead vocals, and there’s also a duet view if you want to sing with a friend. The feature is available for iPhone 11 and newer.

Finally, iOS 16.2 and iPadOS 16.2 both include a revamped HomeKit architecture that Apple originally planned to introduce with iOS 16. The architecture improvements should improve performance and come just after Apple began supporting the Matter smart home standard in iOS 16.1 and iPadOS 16.1.

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