iOS 16 beta 2: Here’s what’s new

iOS 16 beta 2 is now available, and it includes a number of changes and tweaks to the new features that Apple announced at WWDC. There are updates to the redesigned lock screen, new features for the system’s video player and more. Go downstairs while we pick up the new one.

One important thing to remember is that iOS 16 beta 2 was probably finished and baked before WWDC even started. Apple will complete beta releases several weeks in advance for internal testing before being released to developers. This means that if you had any specific bugs or requests, do not expect to see any changes before beta 3 at the earliest.

It is also worth noting that especially during the early beta releases, changes and improvements are necessarily linear. This means that something that worked in iOS 16 beta 1 may be corrupted in iOS 16 beta 2. As always, proceed with caution.

That said, what’s new in iOS 16 beta 2? There are a number of small but notable updates.

New features in iOS 16 beta 2

  • Apple has updated the process of editing and creating new lock screens. There is now a clear way to delete lock screens you no longer want by swiping up and tapping the trash can.
  • There have also been some changes in the wallpaper selector in the Settings app to make it clear which wallpaper you are changing.
  • When you set a new image as your wallpaper, Apple now shows you so you can pinch in or out to adjust the cropping of that wallpaper.
  • There are two new filter options for setting images as wallpaper: duotone and color wash
  • The dynamic astronomy wallpaper has been updated to add a bright green dot to the map showing your current location.
  • There are improvements to SMS filtering for messages.
  • iOS 16 beta 2 provides support for iCloud backup over LTE and 5G.
  • Earth Dynamic Wallpaper is now available on older devices, including the iPhone XS and iPhone XR.
  • The system video player in iOS 16 now allows you to long press and scrub through a video.
  • Apple Cash has a custom interface that shows the balance and options for send and request buttons
  • The Apple Card interface in the Wallet app now shows an overview of your daily / weekly / monthly reward earnings

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