Apple released the final versions of macOS 13.1, iOS 16.2, and iPadOS 16.2 to the public after a few weeks of beta testing. In addition to standard bug fixes and security patches, these updates include the Freeform collaborative app that was announced at the Worldwide Developers Conference in June. increased use of end-to-end encryption for iCloud dataand (for iPhones) karaoke-friendly vocal reduction Apple Music Single feature.
Freeform uses your Apple ID and iCloud to sync changes on a large, bulletin-board-like canvas between multiple users in real time. Input can include typed text, images, files and documents, shapes, and handwritten text or images made with an Apple Pencil, creating something similar in shape to a shared note or document but with more input flexibility. Users can have multiple boards shared with different groups of people, communicating in real time via Messages or FaceTime.
iCloud encryption additions fall under the “Advanced Data Protection” banner and extend the use of the end-to-end encryption service. Device backups for iPhone and iPad can be fully encrypted, as can Safari bookmarks and data from the Photos, Notes, Voice Memos, Reminders, Shortcuts, and Wallet apps. Mail and Calendar data remains unencrypted “due to the need to interoperate with global email, contact, and calendar systems.”
Advanced data protection also includes support for two-factor authentication physical keys, as well as key verification for iMessage contacts so people having private conversations can be sure they’re talking to the person they think they’re talking to. talking.
Like the Lockdown Mode feature introduced in iOS 16 and macOS Ventura, Advanced Data Protection features are turned off by default and must be turned on after updating. By enabling it, you can also designate an emergency contact and generate a recovery key if your account is locked, since Apple won’t have your encryption key and won’t be able to help you recover your data otherwise.
For owners of older devices, Apple has provided security updates for macOS Monterey and Big Sur (12.6.2 Y 11.7.2respectively), as well as a separate update of Safari 16.2. Older devices that cannot update to iOS 16 can install iOS 15.7.2which includes many of the security-only updates included in iOS 16.2.
Apple has also released software updates for most of its other products: watchOS 9.2 adds some new workouts and “tweaks” the fault detection feature to the hardware that supports it; tvOS 16.2 includes Apple Music Sing support for the latest Apple TV 4K and video previews for Apple TV+ shows; and HomePod Software Update 16.2 adds “performance and stability improvements” and supports “a new underlying architecture” for the Home app.
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