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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  • Reply 1 of 3
    I suspect Apple Sing is possible due to the re-mastered songs created for Apple Spatial Audio. The single or multiple vocal(s) are a separate track on the tape used to create the Spatial Audio. I wonder if artists and publishers get a fractional royalty on a per play or download basis. 
  • Reply 2 of 3
    Will work with opera libretti?

    I love singing along with Hans Sachs or Faust or Edgardo. 😃
  • Reply 3 of 3
    Don’t get me wrong, karaoke sure sounds like a neat feature… But I’m really holding out for my normal battery life back on my iPhone 13 Pro and iPad Mini 6. I have tried every “fix” imaginable on Apple’s support forums, Reddit, Google etc. The iPad Mini loses 12-15% a day in airplane mode with everything turned off and all apps closed… on a normal use basis probably getting a solid 3 fewer hours of battery life web browsing and watching YouTube now. My iPhone 13 Pro used to end a normal (non-travel) day at about 50-60% charge and now I’m lucky to still have 10-20% when I get home with no changes to how I use it each day. On days I’m flying from A to B it is not possible to finish out the day without funding a socket or grabbing my battery bank. It’s been like this since iOS 16 rolled out and hasn’t gotten any better with 16.1 either. Extremely frustrating as I went to the 13 Pro last year, due to the greatly increased battery capacity and more efficient chips, from several runs with + and Max models solely for their stellar battery life only (never needed the bigger screens). Come on Apple, figure this issue out! Google it, there are tons of Apple fans out there with the same issue but Apple, as usual, will not acknowledge the problem. 
    edited December 2022
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