Apple released the first beta version of iOS 8.2, the next major update for iOS 8 on November 18th, and has released three more beta versions (beta 2, beta 3) since then, including beta 4 released yesterday.
What’s New in iOS 8.2
Here’s a look the new features and improvements discovered in iOS 8.2 so far:
The biggest iOS 8.2 feature is the support for WatchKit, the developer SDK for the Apple Watch. Developers can make Glances, Notifications and WatchKit apps with the new SDK. Apple is rumored to launch the much-awaited Apple Watch in March, so the WatchKit should give developers enough time to get their apps ready for Apple Watch. The WatchKit has also revealed some interesting details about the upcoming Apple Watch.
Apple Watch Bluetooth support
iOS 8.2 also includes Bluetooth support for Apple Watch. The Bluetooth section of the Settings app now includes special instructions for pairing with an Apple Watch, that say “To pair an Apple Watch with your iPhone, go to the Apple Watch app.” The dedicated Apple Watch app will not only help pair the iPhone with the watch, but also let users download and install Watch apps, and manage settings.
Apple removed blood glucose tracking from the Health app in iOS 8 after users in UK and Australia reporting issues with the measurements taken. With iOS 8.2 beta 3, Apple has restored this functionality, fixing the issues reported by users.
The problem stemmed from Health app’s handling of the units in which blood glucose levels were entered. While everything worked fine when the unit is mg/dL (milligrams per deciliter), mmol/L (millimoles per liter) is the unit which had problems in both accepting and displaying the glucose levels. iOS 8.2 brings back blood glucose monitoring, and supports both units of measurement.
- It fixes a bug in the Messages app where tapping on a conversation can take a long time.
- It also includes fixes for keyboards not appearing in Safari, Maps, and some third party apps.
- It fixes the annoying GMT bug in the Calendar app, which seems to be affecting many users.
iOS 8.2 Jailbreak
When TaiG team released the jailbreak for iOS 8.1.1, they initially noted on their website that the jailbreak was compatible with iOS 8.2 beta, however users found out that the tool couldn’t jailbreak iOS 8.2 beta. The TaiG team later clarified that iOS 8.2 beta support had been intentionally disabled until the public release. They’re confident to release a jailbreak for iOS 8.2 once Apple releases it to the public.
The following iOS devices are compatible with iOS 8.2:
- iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5 and iPhone 4s
- iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad 4, iPad 3 and iPad 2
- iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2, 1st gen iPad mini
- iPod touch 5th generation
It is not certain when Apple will release iOS 8.2. But since Apple is rumored to launch Apple Watch in March, we expect iOS 8.2 to be released along with it or couple of days before the launch.
As you can see, if you’ve no plans to get the Apple Watch, then there isn’t any new feature to be excited about for iPhone or iPad users in iOS 8.2, assuming Apple doesn’t surprise us by adding some new features in the public release. It reminds me of the days when Apple released point releases for the iPad in February/March, which was initially launched in the first quarter of the year.
Are you looking forward to iOS 8.2? Let us know in the comments, and if you’ve found any new features or changes in iOS 8.2, please don’t hesitate to drop us a line or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.