iOS 12.2 beta 2 – new features and updates [changelog]

Apple has released iOS 12.2 beta 2 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch to developers. The new update has a number of new features and changes to existing functionality. Here’s all you need to know about the new release.

iOS 12.2 beta

Apple had just released iOS 12.1.1 to the general public a few days ago with just minor bug fixes. As expected, Apple followed up with iOS 12.2 beta which has quality of life improvements as well as feature updates that would make iOS devices work better with AirPlay 2 compatible televisions.

To upgrade to iOS 12.2 beta 2, you would need to have an Apple Developer Account to access and download the beta profile. If you already have the developer beta profile installed, head over to Settings > General > Software Update to download and install the new beta.

iOS 12.2 beta 2

Installing iOS 12.2 beta

If you do not have a beta profile installed, you would need to sign up to Apple Developer Center to download it. The membership costs $99/year. If you are an enthusiast, the membership will get you access to developer betas for iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS. Getting an Apple Developer membership also gives you access to full iOS restore images/IPSW files, which you can use to clean install the beta to your iPhone, using iTunes.

You can also wait for the public beta, which is open for all users. The public beta is not out yet but should be available soon. The first public beta is normally released with the second developer beta.

iOS 12.2 beta 2

Build number is 16E5191d. Developer beta release on February 4th. Public beta released on February 5th.

  • AirPlay pop-ups have a new animation which looks really cool.

  • New Animojis in iMessage: Giraffe, Shark, Owl and Warthog.New Animoji iOS 12.2
  • Lock screen shows battery charge even when phone is not plugged into a charger.Lock screen charge iOS 12.2

iOS 12.2 beta 1

Build number is 16E5181f. Developer beta released on January 24. Public beta released on January 28.

Here’s a change log of all the new features and updates in this beta. This list will be updated with each beta release.

  • HomeKit has support for AirPlay 2 televisions which means that users can add compatible TVs to their iOS Home app
  • Apple News app is now available in Canada. As per Apple’s release notes: Apple News will be available in Canada with iOS 12.2, and is now available for Canadian users on the developer beta. Apple News in Canada supports both English and French. Readers can access a bilingual experience when they follow a channel in a second language.
  • TV Remote app has been redesigned. The new layout shows fewer buttons now.Remote app iOS 12.2
  • Screen mirroring over AirPlay shows a new icon now. This is likely due to the fact that users would be able to mirror their iOS device screens to compatible televisions and the new icon reflects that.Screen mirroring icon in iOS 12.2 control center
  • AirPlay also has a new icon for some devices.
  • Apple Maps now show Air Quality Index. This option can be toggled on or off from Settings.Air Quality Index in Maps iOS 12.2
  • Safari now shows arrows next to autocomplete search results. Tapping these arrows makes the search suggestion the main search keywords and you can add more to it before performing the search. This feature is similar to how search works in Chrome.Search arrows in Safari iOS 12.2
  • Safari shows a ‘Not Secure’ message in the address bar for all websites with unencrypted connections.Not Secure Safari iOS 12.2
  • Wallet has received a number of updates. Menu button has been moved to the top, while a new Done button has been added to the top left. The app also shows a longer list of past transactions.Wallet iOS 12.2
  • To add money to Apple Pay Cash card, there’s a new Add Money button that makes the process simpler.
  • Siri shows a new music player and related music, when you ask it to play songs.New Music Controls in Siri iOS 12.2
  • New Motion and Orientation Access toggle in Safari under Privacy and Security.Motion and Orientation Access Safari iOS 12.2
  • AirPods 2 references have been in the code by 9to5mac. Not only does the screen, hidden from users, confirm that AirPods 2 are coming soon, it also confirms that ‘Hey Siri’ will be on of its new features. This feature should allow users to say Hey Siri to use Siri, instead of double tapping their AirPods to invoke it.AirPods-2-Hey-Siri
  • Downtime schedule in Screen Time now support customizing days. This means that you can set a different schedule for each day.
    Downtime Customize Days iOS 12.2

Apple has also shared a number of known issues with Apple Pay and Cellular in iOS 12.1 beta 1. Users might not be authenticate within Wallet after selecting a card. The workaround is to authenticate first, before moving your iPhone closer to the card reader. For Cellular, users might not be able to purchase prepaid plans on cellular data. The workaround for this is to use Wi-Fi instead.