March 1, 2024


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iOS 16.2 Features, Apple Music Sing, iCloud Advanced Data Protection

iOS 16.2 Features, Apple Music Sing, iCloud Advanced Data Protection

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Apple has announced Apple Music Sing, and — a bit more seriously — new security features that have made the FBI very unhappy. Plus the Freeform app, and additional Lock Screen Widgets, all on this week’s episode of the AppleInsider Podcast.

Apple Music Sing is the new karaoke feature that Apple is introducing with iOS 16.2, and probably just in time for you to relish or abhor at Christmas parties this holiday season. Like it or loathe it, though, there is one thing that is certain — it isn’t the Apple Music Classical app that Apple has promised by the end of the year.

Starting by the end of this year and carrying into 2023, though, are new security features that have left the FBI feeling “deeply concerned.” The Feds say they want backdoor access into our data, and Apple is making them come up with new euphemisms for breaking end-to-end encryption.

Somewhat less controversially, the forthcoming iOS 16.2 — and also updates to macOS Ventura and iPadOS — are finally bringing us Apple’s new Freeform app. When you get it, you’ll clearly recognize its roots in Keynote, Apple Notes, and Pages, — but it’s taking those best features and making something mew with them.

Plus Apple TV+ has achieved another first — its “Slow Horses” drama is the very first show from the streamer to be nominated for an award by the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain.

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  • Apple issues Release Candidate developer betas of iOS 16.2, iPadOS 16.2, tvOS 16.2, watchOS 9.2
  • iOS 16.2 implements 10-minute AirDrop time limit globally
  • Hands on with Apple Music Sing on iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV
  • Apple launches new Apple ID, iMessage, iCloud security protections
  • FBI deeply concerned’ about Apple’s new security protections
  • Apple’s plan to scan iPhone photos for child abuse material is dead
  • Find My on Mac finally plays a chime on AirTags in latest beta
  • iPhone 15 may have USB-C, but iPhone 17 will have to have it
  • You can’t combine two Apple IDs — but here’s what you can do
  • New Pixelmator Pro update adds limited video editing tools
  • Apple adding hundreds of App Store price points, as low as $0.29
  • Apple’s Self Service Repair launches in Europe
  • New Apple Car rumor suggests 2026 debut at less than $100,000
  • ‘Slow Horses’ nominated for UK Writers’ Guild award

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