iCloud backup over LTE and more – what’s new in iOS 16 beta 2

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The second beta version for iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 is available for developers, and there are several new features and tweaks everywhere.

The release notes for iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 highlight several new features that developers can test. They deal primarily with cellular data and HealthKit APIs.

Here’s everything Apple has listed as a new feature:

New features in iOS 16 for mobile data, SMS and SIM cards

  • Customers using iOS 16 can now back up their device via an LTE and 5G mobile connection in addition to Wifi.
  • Messaging now supports the ability for customers with an iPhone with dual SIM to filter their messages based on their SIM card.
  • For select US mobile carriers, Messages extends the “Report junk” feature to allow users to report SMS / MMS junk to mobile carriers. The setting is visible in Messages from unknown senders.
  • Allows developers to classify incoming SMS from unknown numbers into 12 new subcategories within transaction and promotion categories for enhanced organization.
  • For Indian users, Messages now supports event extraction from SMS. These event and appointment messages are presented as Siri suggestions and are also presented to users in the message thread and in the calendar inbox.
Sync iPhone backups over a mobile connection

Sync iPhone backups over a mobile connection

  • HealthKit workout APIs now support multisport training with activities such as swimming, cycling and running.
  • New data types for running training measurements such as running power, ground contact time, vertical oscillation, running speed and stride length.
  • A new data type is available to track AFib history.

The new features do not offer a lot of new functionality to the users, but those with dual SIM iPhones can try the message filter. Users can also enable mobile network backup from the iCloud Backup menu in the settings.

Deleting custom lock screens is much easier now in beta 2. Just swipe up on a lock screen to see the trash can symbol, similar to deleting dials on the Apple Watch.

Delete lock screens with a swipe up

Delete lock screens with a swipe up

For iPadOS, a Stage Manager setting can be found under the “Home screen and dock” menu in the Settings app. It’s a more detailed re-creation of the control center, but it only shows options for hiding the latest apps and the dock.

A new Stage Manager menu in Settings

A new Stage Manager menu in Settings

A new Mail feature discovered by Macrums will display logos for digitally certified mail. It uses a system called Brand Indicators for Message Identification or BIMI.

This feature is expected to help customers identify official email and cut down on fake emails from bad actors. So email from unknown recipients will show the sender’s default initials instead of the official non-certified mail logo.

Certified mail can help prevent fraud

Certified mail can help prevent fraud

Apple describes the feature when users click “read more” in the Mail app: “This email was verified as being the owner of the displayed logo and domain ‘icloud.com’. Apple uses the Standard Brand Indicators for Message Identification (BIMI).


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