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Apple Seeds Sixth Beta of iOS 12.2

Apple has released the sixth and likely final beta of iOS 12.2 this morning. The new build is 16E5227a for those keeping score at home. It comes a week after the fifth beta was released. Currently this new build is only for developers registered in the developer program but that likely won’t last long. The last two beta builds of iOS 12.2 have seen the build released a few hours later for those registered in the Apple Beta Program. It is likely that trend will continue today. If you have a device registered as a developer, you can download the updated build now under Settings>General>Software Updates on your iPhone or iPad.

With Apple’s big event slated for next Monday, March 25th, it is likely that this will be the last beta for iOS 12.2. The event is thought to be announcing both Apple’s new Apple News subscription service and the new Apple TV subscription service. In the case of Apple News, beta builds have already shown the mechanism by which subscriptions can happen. It makes sense then that we will see 12.2 go to the general public next Monday or sometime next week at the latest.

As previously reported, iOS 12.2 is bringing a handful of new features or updates to an iPhone or iPad near you. Apple News makes its way to Canada with this release, providing articles in both English and French. Four new Animoji are also in this update as well as tweaks to some of the Settings pages and the Apple TV remote app. In principle however, this update is all about bug fixes, security updates, and performance improvements.

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