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iOS 16.2 introduces new “Custom Access Mode”.

iOS 16.2 introduces new "Custom Access Mode".
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Apple released on Tuesday iOS 16.2 beta 2 to developers as the company prepares to roll out the update to the public in December. Officially it adds the new Freeform collaboration app and improvements to the Home app. Under the hood, 9to5Mac revealed that Apple has been working on a new “custom access mode” that will offer a “streamlined” experience for iPhone and iPad.

Updated the post with more screenshots showing the new UI.

Custom access mode

Codenamed “Clarity,” this new mode basically replaces Springboard (which is iOS’s main interface) with a more streamlined one. The feature, which is not yet available to users in the current beta, will be available as an accessibility option that aims to make the iPhone and iPad user interface more user-friendly for those users who may find it too complicated.

Apple describes Custom Access Mode internally as a “customizable, streamlined way to use your iPhone and iPad.” In a way, the new mode should work similarly to the current one Guided access mode, which allows users to lock their device to a single app. However, Custom Access Mode allows users to navigate the system with some limitations.

For example, users can control things like the user interface and larger text, apps available on the Start screen, allowed contacts, and access to hardware buttons when Custom Accessibility Mode is enabled. A password can be set to prevent others from changing these settings. Triple-clicking the side button (or home button) quickly toggles custom access mode on and off.

iOS 16.2 Custom Accessibility Mode with optimized experience for iPhone and iPad

Once the mode is activated, even the apps interface will be extremely simplified and with larger elements, as you can see below:

iOS 16.2 Custom Accessibility Mode with optimized experience for iPhone and iPad

Although Apple has been working on this Custom Accessibility Mode feature with iOS 16.2, it’s unclear if it will be available to users with the official release of the update or with a future version of iOS.

Update: More screenshots

Here are some exclusive screenshots showing the Custom Access Mode UI. The lock screen is simplified with a “hold down to enter” while the home screen has giant icons with no dock. Apple’s native apps eliminate almost every aspect of the regular user interface to focus on important and big elements.

iOS 16.2 Custom Accessibility Mode with optimized experience for iPhone and iPad

More on iOS 16.2

Besides the custom access mode, iOS 16.2 and iPadOS 16.2 include some notable changes. The Freeform Collaboration app is now available for iPad, iPhone, and Mac users. There are also changes to the Home app, updates to the Weather app, and more. Here’s a rundown of everything we’ve discovered so far:

According to reports from Bloomberg, iOS 16.2 is currently slated for a release sometime in mid-December. As always, these updates may be delayed or features removed based on development and testing progress over the next month.

Do you spot any changes in today’s iOS 16.2 Beta 2 or Apple’s other new betas? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter @9to5Mac. Stay tuned for our full hands-on coverage with what’s new right here below 9to5Mac Today and the rest of the week.

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