Apple’s upcoming iOS 12.2 update is a milestone upgrade which means it’s far more exciting than your standard iOS release. We’ve been getting a ton of questions about the software and today we want to help you set proper expectations as we push through March.
Apple first confirmed the iOS 12.2 update back in late January when the company dumped the upgrade into its beta programs for testing.
The iOS 12.2 beta is still going strong as developers and the general public continue to poke and prod the software for bugs and performance issues ahead of its highly anticipated release.
iOS 12.2 is much bigger than iOS 12.1.4 and it’s the first milestone release since the arrival of iOS 12.1 all the way back in October of last year. And thanks to the beta we know quite a bit about iOS 12.2’s features, problems, fixes, and performance.
With the release on the horizon we want to take you through everything you can expect from Apple and the iOS 12.2 release. We also want to outline a few things you should expect as we push toward the iOS 12.2 update’s release date.
Don’t Expect an iOS 12.1.5 Update
iOS 12.1.4 patched up a nasty eavesdropping issue but it brought some problems of its own. The list of iOS 12.1.4 problems continues to grow as we move away from its February release date.
We’ve spoken to many users struggling with dropped calls, poor battery life, UI lag, and various other issues and many of them are hoping for a quick iOS 12.1.5 bug fix update before iOS 12.2. Anything is possible, but we aren’t expecting a surprise iOS 12.1.5 update at this point.
With the iOS 12.2 beta on its fifth iteration we expect the official release to come soon. More on that in a second.
These days, Apple tends to put updates into beta before it releases them to the public. There are exceptions, iOS 12.1.4 for example, but most upgrades, even tiny bug fixers, usually have a stint in the beta process.
There are iOS 12.1.4 problems, but we haven’t heard about any widespread issues and that’s typically what forces Apple’s hand. In most cases, the company takes its time.
iOS 12.2 will likely be the next version of iOS 12.
Expect One More iOS 12.2 Beta
Earlier this week Apple released the iOS 12.2 beta to developers and those in the Beta Software Program at the same time. This usually happens when we get closer to the final release.
Apple also speeds up the timing of its beta releases when an update gets closer to its target release date. In the early going we typically see a new beta every two weeks but we often see a new beta released every week as we approach the official roll out. We’re now in the latter stage.
At this point, we’d expect Apple to release one more iOS 12.2 beta before it pushes the final version to millions of users around the world.
If you’re really struggling on iOS 12.1.4, think about moving to the iOS 12.2 beta in March. The final beta might not mirror the final version exactly but it’ll be close.
Expect an iOS 12.2 Release in Late March
iOS 12.2 has a ton of promise so naturally iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users want to know when the update will roll out for their device. Apple hasn’t confirmed the iOS 12.2 release date but we have a pretty good read on the update’s release window.
According to Bloomberg iOS 12.2 will arrive sometime this spring. Spring in the United States starts on March 20th and that lines up perfectly with Apple’s March media event.
Apple is gearing up for a March 25th launch event at the Steve Jobs Theatre in Cupertino. There, the company is expected to debut new services including a new Apple News Magazine subscription service that was discovered lurking inside the iOS 12.2 beta.
This doesn’t confirm an iOS 12.2 release on March 25th but we’d bet the house on a release date somewhere in the vicinity of that event.
One other thing to keep in mind: Apple released iOS 11.3 and iOS 10.3 in late March so the window makes a lot of sense.
Don’t Expect to See It Right at 10AM Pacific
By now you probably know Apple releases iOS update in and around 10AM Pacific. You can expect the same from iOS 12.2 but don’t panic if you don’t see it at 10:00 or 10:01AM sharp.
It used to be that the update would roll out to everyone all at once. This used to cause a ton of issues as Apple’s servers got jammed up with requests.
These days the release is a little more staggered and often times we see updates emerge 10 to 15 minutes after the 10AM Pacific mark.
If Apple releases iOS 12.2 on the same day as the March 25th event, we’d expect the company to deviate a little bit and release it a little later in the day.
Expect the iOS 12.1.3 Downgrade to Close
Apple is still signing off on iOS 12.1.3 but we expect that to change in the near future. This is important to note, especially if you’re having problems on iOS 12.1.4.
Right now you can use a loophole to downgrade your phone or tablet from iOS 12.1.4 to iOS 12.1.3. At some, Apple will stop signing on iOS 12.1.3 preventing a move to the previous version of iOS 12. We expect this to happen in and around the iOS 12.2 update’s release.
Once this happens, you’re stuck with iOS 12.1.4 and iOS 12.2. You won’t be able to move to iOS 12.1.3. Apple’s already shut off older versions of iOS.
Expect a Big iOS 12.2 Download
Given it stature, we expect the iOS 12.2 update to require a fairly hefty download for all compatible iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch models.
We won’t know the exact size until the company releases the final version but the Gold Master/final iOS 12.2 beta will give you an idea. That said, you can expect the download to be larger than your standard iOS release. This is important to keep in mind as we approach the release date.
This means you might encounter lengthy download times on release day as tons of users slam Apple’s servers with requests. It also means some of you might need to temporarily delete files in order to make room for iOS 12.2. If your device’s storage is nearing its threshold, think about doing some cleanup ahead of time.
The exact size of your iOS 12.2 update will depend on your device and the version of iOS you’re currently running. If you’re already running iOS 12.1.4 you’ll see the smallest download size. If you’re on an older version of iOS 12 or you’re still running iOS 11, you’re going to encounter a larger download due to the updates you skipped.
Expect Bugs & Performance Issues
Apple’s done its best to regain customer trust after the disastrous iOS 11 release. The iOS 12 update has performed admirably on most of our devices and the company’s fixed most bugs in a timely manner. That said, iOS 12 still has its fair share of issues and we expect issues to plague the iOS 12.2 update as well.
The iOS 12.2 beta has already caught a bunch of potential issues, but problems are still lurking in the latest beta. Some of these will likely carry over into the final version.
The list of iOS 12.2 problems will also include common issues include severe battery drain, lag, crashes, connectivity issues, and problems with first and third-party apps.
There’s no way to predict iOS 12.2’s performance on your device so now would be a great time to get familiar with the most common iOS problems and fixes.
Expect New Versions of macOS and watchOS
Look for Apple to roll out new versions of MacOS, watchOS, and tvOS at the same time as iOS 12.2.
Apple and its army of beta testers are currently testing macOS Mojave 10.14.4, watchOS 5.2, and tvOS 12.2. These updates will bring enhancements to Mac, Apple Watch, and Apple TV.
The company hasn’t confirmed release dates for any of these software upgrades but they’ll arrive alongside iOS 12.2.
Don’t Expect an iOS 12.2 Jailbreak
Its been pretty quiet on the jailbreak front and an iOS 12 jailbreak is still MIA as we push deeper into the year.
Interest in jailbreaks have waned over the years but a lot of people still like to jailbreak their devices and many are hoping for an iOS 12 jailbreak in 2019.
Anything can happen but at this point we aren’t expecting an iOS 12.2 jailbreak anytime soon. If we’re lucky, jailbreak developers will release something for older versions of iOS 12 but even those odds are slim at this point.
Prepare for the iOS 12.2 Release Date
The iOS 12.2 release date is probably a few weeks away, but don't let that stop you from preparing yourself, and your device(s), for the release.
Use this time to cleanup the storage on your device. Go into your device's storage and delete the files (photos, apps, etc) you don't need anymore. Cleaning up your device could also improve your device's performance and it'll help make room for iOS 12.2.
You should also start backing up the data you store on your device(s). If you don't know where to start, you'll want to dig into our guides covering iCloud backups and iTunes backups. Data loss issues are pretty rare, but there's always a chance something gets lost in the shuffle as you transition to a new version of iOS.
iOS 12.2 probably won't log you out of your apps and services, but we recommend having your Apple ID/iCloud/third-party app login information handy just in case.
This might seem tedious, but a little prep work will help you avoid issues before, on, and after the iOS 12.2 release date.
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