After releasing the second beta to developers a few days ago, Apple has now released the second beta of iOS 12.2 to public testers. Those who have devices registered in the Apple Beta Program should now have the new build available under Settings>General>Software Updates. The new build brings continues to tweak and refine the dot-release as Apple prepares it for public consumption in late February or early March.
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.
The second big change is the addition of four Animoji. They came with this second beta of iOS 12.2 and require an iPhone X, XS, XS Max, or XR to use. The new Animoji are a giraffe, a shark, a warthog, and an owl.
It is possible (likely) that before 12.2 lands on devices of consumers that there will be additional new features or tweaks to existing ones but as is often the case, we likely won’t know that for sure until it is actually released. That release date, per Apple’s normal beta motion, is not known. Assuming they have four-to-six beta builds, it likely will be at the end of this month or early March before the general public sees it.
As always, Average Apple Guy (and Apple) do not recommend running beta OS builds on your production (daily driver) devices.