iOS 16 beta 2 release notes: Back up device to LTE and more

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Apple today released iOS 16 beta 2 and more for developers to download and test.

Each beta update usually includes new features and tweaks, such as recent changes we’ve seen in wallpapers and the lock screen UI.

Below are the iOS 16 beta 2 release notes shared by Apple with the developers. A new feature coming soon is the ability to back up your device over an LTE cellular connection, as well as 5G and Wi-Fi.

Also worth noting is the mention of greater support for Bluetooth and USB game controllers in macOS 13, iOS 16, and tvOS 16 and later. Recently, it was confirmed that Nintendo Switch controllers are now supported on Apple devices.

The iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 beta 2 release notes can be viewed below, with a focus on new features:

Backup

New features in iOS and iPadOS 16 beta 2

  • Customers using iOS 16 can now back up their device over an LTE cellular connection, as well as a 5G or Wifi connection. (95276719)

Health kit

New features in iOS and iPadOS 16 beta 2

  • HealthKit Workout APIs now support multi-sport workouts with swimming, cycling, and running activities. (82588168)
  • New data types to run training metrics such as running power, ground contact time, vertical oscillation, running speed and stride length. (82974514)
  • A new data type is available to track AFib history. (95315701)

posts

New features in iOS and iPadOS 16 beta 2

  • Allows developers to classify incoming SMS from unknown numbers into 12 new subcategories within Transaction and Promotion categories for better organization. (95276296)
  • For Indian users, Messages now supports extracting events from SMS. These event and appointment messages are presented as Siri suggestions and are also presented to users in the Messages feed and in the calendar inbox. (95276513)
  • For some US carriers, Messages extends the “Report Spam” feature to allow users to report spam SMS/MMS to carriers. The option is visible in Messages from Unknown Senders. (95276623)
  • Messages now supports the ability for customers with dual SIM iPhones to filter their messages based on their SIM cards. (95276784)

StoreKit

New features in iOS and iPadOS 16 beta 2

  • A property priceLocale is included in Product. Use this property to format price values ​​derived from the decimal price of the product. (81480683)
  • Product has new properties for locating prices and subscription periods. For iOS 15, iPadOS 15, macOS 12, tvOS 15 and watchOS 8 or later use priceFormatStyle to format numbers derived from price. Use subscriptionPeriodFormatStyle format time durations relative to a subscription period. On iOS 16, iPadOS 16, macOS 13, tvOS 16 and watchOS 9 or later subscriptionPeriodUnitFormatStyle to format the individual units of a subscription period. (93780442)
  • AppTransaction allows developers to cryptographically verify that the app was purchased from the App Store. (86739279)

App store

New Features in iOS and iPadOS 16 Beta

  • The recentSubscriptionStartDate the property is included in Product.SubscriptionInfo.RenewalInfo. It represents the date that marks the start of the most recent continuous subscription period. A period is considered a continuous subscription if there is no more than 60 days between two subscription periods. (86599570)
  • The priceLocale the property is included in Product. Use this property to format price values ​​derived from the decimal price of the product. (81480683)
  • The StoreKit Messages API lets you control when App Store messages are displayed in your app. (85321880)
  • Read it requestReview environment value to get an instance of a RequestReviewAction. Then call this instance to request to show a review prompt from your SwiftUI apps. (86739003)

A joystick

New Features in iOS and iPadOS 16 Beta

  • Many additional Bluetooth and USB game controllers are supported by the Game Controller framework on macOS 13, iOS 16, and tvOS 16 and later. (82409809)

Health kit

New Features in iOS and iPadOS 16 Beta

  • The HealthKit framework has a new Vision Prescription data type that allows developers and users to store prescription information received from eye care professionals. This feature includes a new set of HKSample subclasses that allow developers to encapsulate eyeglass and contact lens prescriptions. iPhone users can also store their prescription information directly from the Health app. Since most regions require the actual prescription document to purchase eyeglasses and contacts, this feature also allows storage of attached files in HealthKit. Due to potential privacy issues related to sharing unintended additional prescription details, the HealthKit framework has a new Authorization API to allow users to authorize prescriptions per sample. See header documentation in HealthKit and watch the WWDC HealthKit session for more information. (82940646)

Mail

New Features in iOS and iPadOS 16 Beta

  • Reminder messages that have triggered will not display at the top of the message list until the message list is refreshed. (94046413)

posts

New Features in iOS and iPadOS 16 Beta

= Allow developers to classify incoming SMS from unknown numbers into 12 new subcategories within Transaction and Promotion categories for better organization. (93898719)

bedroom plan

New Features in iOS and iPadOS 16 Beta

  • The RoomPlan framework is now available in iOS and iPadOS 16, enabling the creation of 3D parametric models of an interior room. The framework uses a device’s sensors, trained machine learning models, and RealityKit rendering capabilities to capture the physical environment of an interior room. APIs are available for an end-to-end scanning experience, real-time data structures for custom UI creation, and USD and USDZ generation of 3D room models. (84170837)

StoreKit

New Features in iOS and iPadOS 16 Beta

  • All StoreKit APIs are now annotated for master cast and isolation. (84157048)

SwiftUI

New Features in iOS and iPadOS 16 Beta

  • For control, Sectionor other views that have a Labelthe ViewBuilder content now automatically organizes and styles multiple views as hierarchical elements, such as title and subtitle. If the label views are meant to be laid out horizontally rather than hierarchically, wrap views in a HStack. (85184563)
  • A TextField supports multiline text. Use a Axis.vertical axis on a text field to allow rendering of multiple lines in contexts such as forms, where text needs to be short to medium. For long text editing, continue to use a TextEditor. (51463718)
  • Navigation bars have new default behaviors. A navigation bar defaults to an inline title display mode, if no title is provided. If a title is provided, the default remains wide. Use the navigationBarTitleDisplayMode(_:) modifier to change that. By default, a navigation bar only displays if it has content to display. If a navigation bar does not have a title, toolbar items, or search content, it is automatically hidden. Use the navigationBarHidden(_:) or the new .toolbar(.visible) modifier to explicitly show an empty navigation bar. (84996257)
  • A list supports section footers. (78462739)
  • When the toolbar modifier is applied to multiple levels of a hierarchy, items in a child are added to those in the parent that have the same location. (65619097)
  • When using .windowResizability(.contentSize), windows created with SwiftUI set their resizable and fullscreen flags based on the size of their content. (65791490)
  • List divider inserts can now be customized using HorizontalEdge.leading and HorizontalEdge.trailing alignment guides. (74192080)
  • The implementation of list no longer use UITableView. (81571203)
  • SwiftUI now enforces at runtime that view and view controller representables are value types. (82982458)
  • Symbol images now default to an automatically determined symbol rendering mode. To make a symbol image always use monochrome rendering, use the SymbolRenderingMode modifier. (85524479)
  • A selector with a menu style in a list display sound label by default. To hide the labelUse the labelsHidden() modifier. (88228016)
  • pickers in list default to menu style. (89186618)
  • Changes to text and image views are now animated by default. Use .contentsTransition(.identity) to disable this behavior. (89558882)
  • Lists and forms automatically clear the soft keyboard, if present, when a scroll gesture begins. Use .scrollDismissesKeyboard(.never) to restore the old behavior. (89588639)
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