Apple decided to surprise everyone today with the release of the latest iOS 12 Developer Beta. This one comes in with a version number of iOS 12.2, and there are quite a few changes on board.
- The AppleToolbox Guide to Installing Apple Betas
- Apple Reveals iOS 12: Performance Improvements and much more
Some of these new additions and features are minor and can be overlooked, but others are rather useful and interesting. Here’s a breakdown of some of the more exciting or useful new additions to iOS:
What’s New in iOS 12.2
- Apple News – For the first time, Apple News is now available in Canada with news sources available in either French or English.
- Redesigned TV Remote – The TV Remote in Control Center has been redesigned and now takes up the entire display, versus just a portion of the display.
- Wallet – Apple has improved the Wallet interface when viewing a single card in the app. Transaction information is now easier to access and view from within the Wallet application.
- Apple Pay Cash – Apple has finally made it easier to add money to your Apple Pay Cash Card from within the Wallet application with the new “Add Money” button.
- Air Quality in Maps – Starting with iOS 12.2, you will be able to view AIr Quality along with weather readings from the Maps application. This is accessed via the Maps section within the Settings app.
- HomeKit TV – During CES 2019, Apple announced that HomeKit would be coming to various TV’s from other OEM’s. iOS 12.2 introduces support for these new changes while making it possible to add the new TV’s to HomeKit.
- Safari Search – Now when searching via the bar in Safari, there are little blue arrows next to the entries under the “Google Search” autofill section. Pressing this error will add the text of the suggestion to the main bar.
- Odds & Ends – New Screen Mirroring Icon, Insecure websites listed as “Not Secure” in menu bar, New AirPlay icon.
Known Issues with iOS 12.2
As is the case with just about every software release, there are some issues that arise. This is especially true with the developer beta program. Apple has already revealed some of the known issues that could arise while using the iOS 12.2 Beta:
- Apple Pay – You may be unable to authenticate within Wallet after selecting a card
This can be avoided by double-clicking the Side button on when your iPhone, selecting the desired card in Wallet, and then authenticate before holding your iPhone near the reader.
- Cellular – Some folks may be unable to purchase a pre-paid data plan using cellular data.
The workaround involves connecting to Wi-Fi and then purchasing the plan.
- Siri – Siri does not work in iOS simulators
iOS 12.2 Also shows some of the features that might be coming via Airpods 2. It shows a “Hey Siri” set up interface for the rumored Airpods 2.0
The release of the iOS 12.2 Developer Beta comes just a few days after the official release of iOS 12.1.3. However, while there aren’t any game-changing features on board, these new features are sure to make a lot of folks happy.
One more thing we would like to point out is that based on Apple’s history, this could be the final iOS 12 release before iOS 13. Obviously, things can change, but we’ll have to keep our eyes peeled.
As a reminder, this is a Developer Beta so you will likely not want to install this on your primary device. Bugs can end up causing more issues and you will end up needing to either roll-back or just wait before the fix is released.
Andrew is a freelance writer based on the East Coast of the US.
He has written for a variety of sites over the years, including iMore, Android Central, Phandroid, and a few others. Now, he spends his days working for an HVAC company, while moonlighting as a freelance writer at night.