There are a number of new features in the second major update to the operating system, including a karaoke-style mode for Apple Music, end-to-end encryption for iCloud backups, and new options for Live.

Links to how-to articles that help you make the most of all the new features are provided in this article. Continue to read to learn more.

Freeform App

Freeform is a digital canvas app that allows users to work together in real time. Multiple people can contribute images, notes, scribbles, documents, web links, PDF's, and more, with the content added to everyone.

  • 10 Things You Can Do With the Freeform App

Apple's Freeform app can be used with the Apple Pencil on the iPad, and it can also be used with the video chat service, Facetime.

Apple Music Sing

Apple is introducing Apple Music Sing, a new Karaoke experience for Apple Music subscribers that lets users sing along to their favorite songs by adjusting the volume of the vocals.

  • How to Use the Apple Music Sing Karaoke Feature

Apple Music Sing works with Apple Music's real-time lyrics feature to give you control over a song's vocal levels. If you turn the vocals down, you can take the lead.

iCloud Enhanced Data Protection

Advanced Data Protection for iCloud uses end-to-end encryption to give Apple's highest level of cloud data security to date. The number of data categories protected using end-to-end encryption increases for users who enable Advanced Data Protection.

  • How to Enable Advanced Data Protection for iCloud

Users can now choose to protect more of their important iCloud data with the new security feature. Users in the US are the only ones who are able to use the feature. A precise date for Apple's global launch is not known.

iPhone 14 Pro Always-On Display Customizations

The Always-On display's lack of customization options was criticized by some users when the Always-On display was introduced. There is no way to hide the notifications or wallpaper when the phone is not being used.

  • iPhone 14 Pro: How to Customize the Always-On Display

Apple listened to feedback and added options to let users adjust the level of detail presented on their phone's Always-On display in the latest version of its operating system.

iCloud Private Relay Temporary Bypass

Apple's paid-for iCloud + service includes a feature called iCloud Private Relay, which is designed to prevent anyone from reading or intercepting web traffic leaving your device.

  • How to Temporarily Disable iCloud Private Relay for a Specific Website

Private Relay hides your address from websites in the process, but Apple has added a new option that will allow you to hide your address from websites in certain circumstances.

Live Activities Updates

Live Activities integration for select sports games via Apple's built-in TV app was pushed back toiOS 16.2. Live Activities for Apple's TV app can be enabled and you can receive more frequent updates on a per-app basis.

MLB games are available for users in the U.S., Canada, Australia, U.K., Brazil, Mexico, Japan, and South Korea, as well as NBA and Premier League games for users in the U.S. The feature will be expanded in the future.