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5 Things to Know About the iOS 12.2 Update

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Apple’s confirmed a brand new version of iOS 12 and the iOS 12.2 update is now in beta ahead of a release for iPhone, iPod, and iPod touch.

The iOS 12.1.4 update is finally out which means iOS 12.2 is likely next in line for iOS users.

We don’t have an official iOS 12.2 release date yet, but those who can’t wait for the official release can try an early version of the software right now.

With the iOS 12.2 update official, we want to take you through everything there is to know about Apple’s next major update to iOS 12.

In this guide to the iOS 12.2 update we’ll take you through iOS 12.2’s known changes, what you can expect from the iOS 12.2 release date and release time, the iOS 12.2 beta, and more.

iOS 12.2 Beta

If you don’t want to wait for the official version of iOS 12.2 to roll out you don’t have to.

Apple’s pushed an iOS 12.2 beta to developers and those enrolled in the Beta Software Program. The Beta Software Program is free to anyone with a working Apple ID.

The iOS 12.2 beta is compatible with every device capable of running iOS 12, a list that includes the iPhone 5s, iPad Air 2, iPhone X, and many others.

Before you download the iOS 12.2 beta remember that pre-release software is typically plagued with bugs and performance issues. These issues could impact the performance of your core apps, your device’s battery life, and its overall speed.

You should be able to fix some of these issues on your own, but some bugs and performance problems will require a fix from Apple.

Apple is currently on iOS 12.2 beta 2.

iOS 12.2 Release Date

Apple hasn’t confirmed an official iOS 12.2 release date or release window but there’s a good chance it arrives sometime in March.

Apple typically announces iOS release dates on stage during media events so there’s a chance we get the iOS 12.2 release date ahead of time.

The company typically hosts an annual spring event in March and we wouldn’t be surprised if Apple keeps the iOS 12.2 update in beta until then.

The company has reportedly set a March 25th date for a media event at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California and we expect iOS 12.2 to arrive in and around that event.

Apple is reportedly working on new hardware for the first half of the year and references to these products have been discovered in the iOS 12.2 beta. However, it looks like the company’s media event will be focused on services rather than new hardware.

The company will reportedly launch a new subscription news service and it looks like it will tie-in with the iOS 12.2 update’s release.

According to a report from Bloomberg iOS 12.2 will indeed be out sometime this spring. Spring in the United States starts on March 20th which means it lines up perfectly with Apple’s event.

iOS 12.2 Release Time

We don’t have an iOS 12.2 release date just yet, but we know exactly when Apple will roll the software out on release day.

The iOS 12.2 update will likely arrive around 10AM Pacific whenever Apple chooses to release it.

Apple will also release iOS 12.2 beta updates for developers, and those in the Beta Software Program, in and around 10AM Pacific. The company typically releases new beta updates every 1-2 weeks.

Here’s what you can expect from the iOS 12.2 release time in the United States and countries around the world:

  • Eastern – 1 PM
  • Central – 12 PM
  • Mountain – 11AM
  • London – 6 PM
  • Moscow – 9 PM
  • New Delhi – 10:30 PM
  • Shanghai – 1 AM
  • Tokyo – 2 AM
  • Melbourne – 3 AM
  • Auckland – 5 AM

iOS 12.2 Update: What’s New

iOS 12.2 is a milestone upgrade which means it will likely deliver a nice mix of minor features, new bug fixes, under-the-hood improvements, and security patches for potential exploits.

One key feature that’s been spotted on board the iOS 12.2 update is Apple News for Canada. Apple News in Canada supports both English and French and readers gain access to a bilingual experience if they follow a channel in a second language.

Other changes on board the current iOS 12.2 beta include:

  • The ability to control access to TV using the Home app.
  • Redesigned Apple TV Remote in the Control Center.
  • New Screen Mirroring icon in the Control Center.
  • New AirPlay icon when AirPlaying to certain devices.
  • Revamped Wallet interface with the ability to “Add Money” option in Wallet when you select Apple Pay Cash card.
  • Ability to customize Downtime in Screen Time by the days of the week.
  • Ability to display Air Quality Index in the Maps under Settings app.
  • Giraffe, Shark, Owl and Boar Animoji.

The iOS 12.2 update also brings a new new Motion & Orientation Access toggle which is turned on by default. This toggle must be switched on in order for websites to display features that rely on the motion data from the gyroscope and accelerometer.

9to5Mac has also discovered a hidden “Hey Siri” setup screen that will reportedly be used when configuring Apple’s long-rumored AirPods 2.

The site claims that “main difference from using ‘Hey, Siri’ with these new AirPods will be that the AirPods themselves will do the recognition, sending the command to the paired device.”

The site has also discovered a new Apple News Magazine subscription service lurking inside iOS 12.2. Again, it looks like Apple will debut this new product at its spring event in March.

There are also references to the unconfirmed iPad mini 5, a device that will supposedly hit shelves sometime in the first half of 2019.

iOS 12.2 Jailbreak

Jailbreak developers haven’t released an iOS 12 jailbreak yet and we still don’t know if we’ll get one.

The only way you can jailbreak a device right now is if it’s running an older version of iOS 11. Unfortunately, there’s no way to downgrade a device from iOS 12 to iOS 11.

Jailbreak developers typically don’t burn their exploits on pre-release software so jailbreak users should avoid the 12.2 beta until we have more information.

For more on the iOS 12 jailbreak, check out our guide.

4 Reasons Not to Install iOS 12.1.4 & 11 Reasons You Should

Install iOS 12.1.4 for Better Security

Install iOS 12.1.4 for Better Security

If you're on the fence, here's one of the best reasons to install iOS 12.1.4.

If you value your device's security, you'll want to download iOS 12.1.4 in the near future. It comes with four important security patches including fixes for a widespread FaceTime eavesdropping bug that lets you call someone via FaceTime and hear the audio coming from their phone before they pick up the phone.

If you skipped iOS 12.1.3, you get some additional patches with your version of iOS 12.1.4. They're baked in.

Apple lists a grand total of 23 patches on board iOS 12.1.3 and you can read about all of them over on Apple's website. 

If you skipped iOS 12.1.1, you'll probably want to install the iOS 12.1.4 update on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch today. 

The iOS 12.1.1 update brought 17 patches for potential security exploits. They'll will help protect your phone. You can read about them over on Apple's website.

If you skipped iOS 12.1, you'll get the 24 patches from that update with your version of iOS 12.1.4. If you skipped iOS 12.0.1, your iOS 12.1.4 update brings two additional patches. Both patches are for potential lock screen exploits.

If you skipped iOS 12.0, and you're still running iOS 11.4.1 or below, your iOS 12.1.4 update comes with a longer list of security updates. 

The iOS 12.0 update delivered 16 patches for security issues. You can read about all of them over on Apple's website.

In addition to those patches, iOS 12 delivers new security features aimed at protecting you and the data you store on your device. These include:

  • Enhanced Intelligent Tracking Prevention in Safari prevents embedded content and social media buttons from tracking cross-site browsing without your permission
  • Suppresses ad retargeting by reducing advertisers’ ability to identify iOS devices uniquely
  • Strong and unique passwords are suggested automatically when creating an account or changing a password in most apps and in Safari
  • Reused passwords are flagged in Settings > Passwords & Accounts
  • Security code AutoFill presents one-time security codes sent over SMS as suggestions in the QuickType bar
  • Sharing passwords with contacts is easier than ever using AirDrop from Passwords & Accounts in Settings
  • Siri supports quickly navigating to a password on an authenticated device 

Long story short, if you store sensitive data on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you have some really good reasons to upgrade to iOS 12.1.4 today.

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