Awesome update! iOS 16.2 set to change your iPhone in many ways; check top 5

    iOS 16.2 is expected to roll out major changes to your iPhone. From a new Apple app, better Siri control and more.
    By: HT TECH
    | Updated on: Nov 07 2022, 15:33 IST
    Use passkey to sign in to your Apple iPhone; no password required
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    1/5 If you are an Apple iPhone user, you will not have to remember passwords now as you can use passkeys to sign in on their iPhones. Passkeys give iPhone users a simple and secure way to sign in without passwords by relying on Face ID or Touch ID to identify them when they login on supporting websites and apps. (HT Tech)
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    2/5 "A passkey is a cryptographic entity that’s not visible to you, and it’s used in place of a password. A passkey consists of a key pair, which—compared to a password—profoundly improves security. One key is public, registered with the website or app you’re using. The other key is private, held only by your devices. Through the use of powerful, industry-standard cryptography techniques, this key pair helps ensure a strong, private relationship between your devices and the website or app," Apple said. (HT Tech)
    3/5 The iPhone stores the passkey in iCloud Keychain, so it is available on all your devices where you are signed in with your Apple ID (iOS 16, iPadOS 16, macOS Ventura, or tvOS 16 required). Here is all you need to know about passkeys. (REUTERS)
    iPhone 14 Pro
    4/5 How to save a passkey for an account: Depending on the website, browser, or app, saving a passkey to your iPhone and iCloud Keychain usually consists of steps similar to these. On your iPhone, do one of the following: 1. For a new account: On the account sign-up screen, enter an account name. 2. For an existing account: Sign in with your password, then go to the account management screen. When you see the option to save a passkey for the account, tap Continue. And your passkey is saved. (AFP)
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    5/5 How to sign in to an account on your iPhone with a passkey: On the sign-in screen for the website or app, tap the account name field. Tap the account suggested at the bottom of the screen or near the top of the keyboard. If your iPhone has Touch ID, follow the onscreen instructions to verify your identity. Otherwise, Face ID verifies your identity. (Apple)
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    Know about the changes iOS 16.2 update can bring to your iPhone. (HT Tech)

    Apple had released iOS 16 in September 2022 and since then it has been releasing various updates, either to add new features or to rectify the bugs and other issues. After the release of iOS 16, the company released its first update iOS 16.1 on October 24 with several changes. Also, just a day later, the first iOS 16.2 beta appeared. Though it is not yet known when Apple will be releasing this update for the iPhone users, it is being said that the iOS 16.2 is going to bring major changes to the iPhone including a new Apple app and more.

    "Apple's next big software update includes an entirely new Apple app, a controversial change in the TV app, better Siri control, an improved Shortcuts app, interesting Safari upgrades, and more," a report by stated. Here are some of the major updates iOS 16.2 can bring to the iPhone, according to the report.

    1. The Freeform App: The new Freeform app is a productivity tool which can be used by the iPhone users to add post-it notes, shapes, files, links, scans, photos and videos, audio, typed text, and more. Users will also be able to plan projects, brainstorm ideas, create inspiration boards, and more using the app.

    2. Changes to Siri: The iOS 16.2 update is said to bring Prefer Silent Responses back to Siri. "According to the fine print in Settings –> Siri & Search –> Siri Responses, Siri will respond silently with this option enabled, 'except when you appear to be driving or using headphones with the screen off,' the Gadget Hacks said in the report.

    3. Shortcut Actions for Lock Screen: The iOS 16.2 update will bring shortcut actions to the Lock Screen including wallpapers for Lock Screen and set Wallpaper Photo.

    4. Update to the Game Center Widgets: According to the report, "While there are still three Continue Playing widgets for Game Center on the Home Screen and Today View, the three Friends Are Playing widgets available on iOS 16.1 and earlier are now called Activity on iOS 16.2, and they work a bit differently. The game will still open if you tape its name or icon in the widget, but a few more things are going on in the new version." You will have to tap Activity to open up a new full-screen Game Center overlay window with more activity details and then click a contact's name to open up their profile in the same overlay window. Closing either window will take you back to the widget.

    5. Live Activities from Spotlight: iOS 16.2 update will let you start Live Activities directly from Spotlight Search.

    Other than the above mentioned updates, iOS 16.2 can bring city-related news for weather; weather forecast data by the minute; more shortcut actions for books; sleep widgets for Lock Screen; auto-playing previews in the TV App, and more.

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    First Published Date: 07 Nov, 14:40 IST
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