After being released to the developer community late last week, iOS 12.2 has now made its way into the Apple Beta Program for public testing. For those of you who have devices registered in the program, you should have the update available to download and install on your compatible iPhone and iPad. If you want to register for the program, you can do so here but it is always recommended not to run beta iOS on your primary iPhone or iPad.
iOS 12.2 is more than just a bug and maintenance release. There are several new features and other tweaks that will be coming with the release. The big news for Canadian iPhone and iPad users is the arrival of Apple News. Canadians will be able to access stories in both English and French. There are also updates to AirPlay 2 and HomeKit to allow for third-party televisions to be accessed and the TV remote has also been revamped in Control Center.
There are other tweaks to be found too:
- The Wallet App has a cleaner look & feel
- Downtime feature has been tweaked in Screen Time
- Several icon tweaks
- Safari warning of non-secure sites
- Search arrows in Safari
As for when we can expect to see iOS 12.2 become available for the general public, that is not known. Apple does not post a release schedule for iOS. Based on historical beta cycles for these “dot” releases, we will likely see five or six beta builds before it is released to the public. With beta build generally a week apart, that lands us somewhere around the week of February 18, 2019. That assumes that a bug isn’t found or other issues arise that lengthen the beta cycles for the build.