Apple is expected to release iOS 16.2 next month with several new features, including the new Freeform collaboration app, changes to Live Activities, and a handful of Lock Screen widgets, but there could also be a much bigger change in the works. As noted by 9to5Mac, Apple is working on a new custom accessibility mode that may launch in iOS 16.2.
According to screenshots published by the site, the new interface is a “sleek iPhone experience” with customizable features such as large text and controls and a preferred home screen layout with icon images or words. 9to5Mac says the new mode, codenamed ClarityUI, also includes options for “apps available on the home screen, allowed contacts, and access to hardware buttons.”
Apple launched iOS 16 in September, followed by iPadOS 16 in October. Despite hundreds of new features under the spotlight, many of which have already arrived, Custom Accessibility Mode is not currently appearing on Apple’s website.
The new custom mode will be an option in the Accessibility Settings, along with Guided Access and Tap Back. iOS 16.2 is expected to arrive on phones in December, but like all iOS features, custom accessibility mode may be delayed until a future update.