Just a bit over a week after the first beta was released, Apple has seeded the second beta of iOS 1.2 to the developer community. The release is only available for those who are registered developers in the Apple Beta Program. At the time of this posting, it has not been released to the public beta testers.
iOS 12.2 is the next dot-release of iOS 12 and is bringing a plethora of updates and improvements. It will also bring some new features in tow. The big news when the first beta was released was Apple News support for Canada. In this second beta, the big news is Animoji. Four Animoji to be exact.
With the second beta, there are now a Giraffe, a Shark, a Warthog, and an Owl for you to use to animate your messages. The four new additions act like the other 24 that are already in iOS – you simple select it and record your short message to your friends and send it to them via Messenger. Remember, you will need to have an iPhone X, XS, XS Max, or iPhone XR for Animoji’s to appear as an option.
Of course, there are a lot of under-the-hood updates with this release as Apple continues to iterate and fine tune iOS 12 overall.
As for when iOS 12.2 will be release to the public, that is not firmly known. Apple does not release a schedule for their updates so you have to do a bit of reverse engineering to sort it out. Given this is the second beta in as many weeks, and there will likely been 3 or 4 more, it is safe to bet that we will see it at the earliest in late February but more than likely early March. That assumes of course that no major issues or bugs are found in the beta testing (which is why they do it) that could push things.
Finally, do keep in mind that there is expected to be one final iOS 12.1 update this week. iOS 12.1.4 is expected to fix the eavesdropping FaceTime bug discovered a couple of weeks ago.