Apple is beta testing new iOS software. As usual, it started with developers. Now public testers can get a test.
Today, Apple officially seeded the second public beta of iOS 12.2. With the new software, the company is adding a variety of new features. That includes support for Apple News in Canada, as well as support for “Hey Siri” with the unannounced AirPods 2. The second public beta introduced four new Animoji. It also features a myriad of smaller additions, some of which you can see listed below. iOS 12.2 also includes the standard bug fixes and performance enhancements.
- HomeKit TV Support and Controls: Apple has already announced third-party TVs from the likes of Vizio and Samsung will support AirPlay 2 this year. iOS 12.2 lays the groundwork for that. The beta includes support for third-party TVs, but also adds the ability to add certain TVs to the list of devices that can be sent content.
- Updated Screen Mirroring Icon in Control Center: Apple has updated the Screen Mirroring icon in Control Center, making it a bit more obvious that you are mirroring two screens.
- Faster Way to Add Money to Apple Cash: Apple has added an “Add Money” option when you tap on the Apple Pay Cash in the Wallet app. This makes it easier to quickly add funds.
- A New AirPlay Icon: Apple has updated the AirPlay icon in Control Center, putting it more in line with the icon on other platforms like macOS.
- Apple Shows Better Info for Unsecure Websites: Apple now shows “Not Secured” on an unsecured website in the URL, making it more obvious that a site isn’t offering an HTTPS connection.
- Apple Maps Can Now Show Air Quality: You can find air quality for an area within the stock Weather app, but Apple is now bringing that information to Apple Maps. It can be turned on in the Maps Settings section.
If you are not part of the public beta testing program, you can sign up through the source link below. For those already registered, iOS 12.2 is available as an over-the-air (OTA) update. Open Settings –> General –> Software Update and follow the onscreen instructions to update. You can follow along with our how-to guide right here.
Do you plan on testing iOS 12.2 ahead of its public launch?[Apple Public Beta Program]