Apple has seeded beta 3 of iOS 12.2 today to Apple Beta Program participants. The release comes just a day after the build was released to the developer community for testing. For those with devices registered in the free public beta program, the build is now available by going to Settings>General>Software Updates on your iPhone or iPad.
iOS 12.2 brings a number of tweaks and improvements to the mobile platform. Apple News, complete with new branding, makes its way to Canada in this update. Articles will be available in both English and French. There are also four new Animoji in 12.2, a giraffe, a shark, a warthog, and an owl, that came with beta 2 a couple of weeks ago. There are also security tweaks to Safari that prevent access to some sensors on your iPhone.
With Beta 3, there are some other new visual tweaks to discover. The Apple TV Remote app and Control Center shortcut have been updated. It now looks and functions more like the physical remote that comes with Apple TV. The About screen has been tweaked too with a more refined look. Essentially this feels like a cleanup effort by Apple to make the About page in Settings more friendly. Finally, this beta also contains the fix for the Group FaceTime eavesdropping bug that was provided to the public in iOS 12.1.4.
There is no official word on when iOS 12.2 will be released to the general public but it shouldn’t be too long. Generally “dot” releases have four to six beta builds before they are released. That means we are at the halfway point of the beta cycle at worst. That likely means a mid-March release at this point.
As always, Average Apple Guy and Apple do not recommend installing beta versions of iOS on your production iPhone or iPad