iOS 16 is getting a major new sleep tracking upgrade and an exciting new app

Sleep widget on lock screen
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After it released iOS 16.1 to the public, Apple is out with the first iOS 16.2 developer beta. The update includes a new Sleep widget for the Lock Screen. The previously announced Freeform app is also making its iPhone debut on the iOS 16.2 beta. 

Besides the new Sleep widget and Freeform app, Apple is also working on adding a new Medication feature that debuted with iOS 16. 9to5Mac first uncovered code mentioning a Medication widget. The widget itself isn't activated in the iOS 16.2 beta, however. 

Although nothing is official, the public should get its hands on iOS 16.2 before the end of the year. 

Three big changes

There is already a regular Sleep widget available on iOS. However, this is the first time there's one for the new iOS Lock Screen. The new widget pulls sleep data from the Apple Watch or another supported sleep-tracking device stored in the Health app. There are two Lock Screen Sleep widgets available. The "Data and Schedule" widget includes information on your most recent sleep session and schedule, while the "Sleep" widget includes sleep stage information.

On iOS 16.1, there isn't a Medications widget for either the Home Screen or Lock Screen. The code found in the first iOS 16.2 developer beta doesn't specify which type Apple plans to add. Perhaps we'll see a Medications widget in an upcoming iOS 16.2 developer beta for the first time. 

Sleep widget on iOS 16.2 lock screen

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The Freeform app, which Apple first announced at this year's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), is also coming to iPad. It made its tablet debut in the recently released iPadOS 16.2 developer beta.

Of the Freeform app, Apple notes: "Freeform is a productivity app where you and your collaborators can bring ideas to life. Jot down notes, share files, and insert web links, documents, video, and audio."

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Bryan M Wolfe
Staff Writer

Bryan M. Wolfe has written about technology for over a decade on various websites, including TechRadar, AppAdvice, and many more. Before this, he worked in the technology field across different industries, including healthcare and education. He’s currently iMore’s lead on all things Mac and macOS, although he also loves covering iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. Bryan enjoys watching his favorite sports teams, traveling, and driving around his teenage daughter to her latest stage show, audition, or school event in his spare time. He also keeps busy walking his black and white cocker spaniel, Izzy, and trying new coffees and liquid grapes.