Apple has released iOS 12.2 beta 6 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.
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 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 6, you would need to have an Apple Developer Account to access and download the beta profile. If you already have the profile installed, head over to Settings > General > Software Update to download and install the new beta.
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 build to your iPhone, using iTunes.
You can also wait for the public beta, which is open for all users and usually more stable.
iOS 12.2 beta 6
Build number is 16E5227a. Developer beta released on March 18.
You can now see your device’s warranty status, if valid. If your device was bought recently, you would also see an option to buy Apple Care.
Update – March 25: Logitech Crayon stylus also works with iPad Pro now with this beta update. (via 9to5mac)
— Zac Hall (@apollozac) March 22, 2019
iOS 12.2 beta 5
Build number is 16E5223a. Developer beta and public beta released on March 11.
A number of new under-the-hood updates have been noticed by 9to5mac:
- Apple Watch’s ECG seems to be limited by geofencing now. During onboarding, non-US users, even those who bought their watch from the US, get an error message: “Unable to confirm your location. Make sure your iPhone is not in airplane mode and has a working SIM card to proceed“.
- Apple might allow users to purchase AppleCare directly from their devices and also show its status in Settings > General > About. This feature isn’t enabled yet though.
- An Activity Rings animation has been found in Wallet app. Evidence of an Apple credit card, in partnership with Goldman Sachs has also been discovered.
- AirPower support has been found, yet again. Hopefully, it’ll finally release on 25 March.
- Apple has significantly improved the quality for voice messages.
wow: on iOS 12.2 beta 5 finally voice messages on #iMessage seems to be fixed: they sound crystal clear now ????
I’ve quickly analyzed the voice files (new codec!):
Previously: AMR Codec @ 8000 Hz Sample Rate
iOS 12.2 beta 5: Opus Codec @ 24000 Hz pic.twitter.com/OMxTLBmrj5
— frederik riedel ????????♂️???????? (@frederikRiedel) March 13, 2019
iOS 12.2 beta 4
Build number is 16E5212f. Developer and public beta released on March 4.
Here are the new changes in this release:
- Apple News has a new icon. It doesn’t look as good as it used to.
- New Remote icon in Control Center, and AirPlay 2 UI.
- New volume controls in AirPlay UI.
- 10 second skip controls are back in Remote.
- New animation when launching the Remote from Control Center.
iOS 12.2 beta 3
Build number is 16E5191d. Developer build released on February 4. Public build released on February 5.
The release notes mention the below new items:
- StoreKit now supports subscription offers in addition to introductory offers, so apps with auto-renewable subscriptions will soon be able to provide a discounted price for a specific duration for existing and previously subscribed customers.
- High and low heart rate notifications and irregular heart rhythm notifications are now available as read-only category sample types.
- Photos shared using Sharing Suggestions now load correctly.
- The device charge level no longer remains on the lock screen after removing the device from a charger.
- Siri now works in iOS simulators.
Other noticeable changes include:
- Updated About screen with new information organization.
- Apple News is now News in the app.Apple Remote TV UI is updated. Looks much better and likely hints at the upcoming iOS 13 dark mode.
- Updated card information screen in Wallet app.
iOS 12.2 beta 2
Build number is 16E5191d. Developer beta release on February 4th. Public build released on February 5th.
- AirPlay pop-ups have a new animation which looks really cool.
AirPlay pop-up animation tweaked in the iOS 12.2 beta 2. pic.twitter.com/u2RugYxczA
— Imran Hussain (@imhassan) February 4, 2019
- New Animojis in iMessage: Giraffe, Shark, Owl and Warthog.
- Lock screen shows battery charge even when phone is not plugged into a charger.
iOS 12.2 beta 1
Build number is 16E5181f. Developer beta released on January 24. Public build released on January 28.
Here’s a change log of all the new features and updates in this release. This list will be updated with each 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Safari shows a ‘Not Secure’ message in the address bar for all websites with unencrypted connections.
- 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.
- 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 Motion and Orientation Access toggle in Safari under Privacy and Security.
- 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.
- Downtime schedule in Screen Time now support customizing days. This means that you can set a different schedule for each day.
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.