Apple has seeded the third beta of the upcoming iOS 12.2 release to developers today. The new build, which is only open to those registered as developers in the beta program, brings several small visible tweaks as the Cupertino company continues to prep the build for public consumption. This new beta comes two weeks after the second beta was released.
iOS 12.2, while mostly focused on bug fixes and performance improvements, does bring some new features to the platform. As most know by now, the big new feature is Apple News for Canada. The service will be available in both English and French in the country and is the first expansion of Apple News to a new country in nearly a year. There are also four new Animoji in 12.2, a giraffe, a shark, a warthog, and an owl. New with Beta 3 comes some other visual tweaks.
First, the Apple TV remote in Control Center and the app have been updated to mirror more of the look-and-feel of the physical remote that comes with Apple TV. Next, Apple News has also had a tweak. Now instead of saying Apple News, you have “” symbol instead of the word “Apple”.
Importantly, this build of iOS 12.2 also comes with the Group FaceTime eavesdropping bug fix that was released as part of iOS 12.1.4 to the public.
There is no release date indicated by Apple for 12.2 but based on normal beta cycles, it should be at the end of this month or early next. As always, Average Apple Guy does not recommend installing beta iOS builds on your production (daily driver) iPhone or iPad.