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iOS 12.2 Release Date: Tips & Tricks

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The iOS 12.2 update is Apple’s next major upgrade. The iOS 12.2 release date is still a bit of a mystery, but odds are good it lands sometime this month.

The iOS 12.2 beta is live and the pre-release version of the update is available for all iOS 12-powered iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch models enrolled in Apple’s beta programs.

iOS 12.2 is a milestone upgrade which means it’s much larger than the current version of iOS 12 (iOS 12.1.4). Milestone upgrades always blend features, fixes and patches and Apple’s iOS 12.2 beta is loaded up with changes.

Beta testers have discovered Apple News support for Canada, new customization options for Downtime in Screen Time, and a whole lot more.

The list of new features could grow, or shrink, as the update makes progress in testing.

iOS 12.2 Release Date

Apple hasn’t laid out a release plan for iOS 12.2 but all signs point to an arrival in March.

The company typically hosts a spring media event in March and Apple has set a March 25th date at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California.

Apple recently announced new iPad models and references to these products were discovered in the first iOS 12.2 beta. In other words, there’s a good chance iOS 12.2 is on board the iPad mini 5 and new iPad Pro when they hit shelves next week.

The company will reportedly use the event to launch a new subscription news service and the service should also tie-in with the iOS 12.2 update’s release.

Bloomberg says the iOS 12.2 update will be out sometime this spring (spring starts on March 20th in the United States) which lines up perfectly with Apple’s event.

At this point, we expect Apple to either release iOS 12.2 ahead of the spring event or confirm the iOS 12.2 release date on stage and release it to the public shortly after the keynote on the 25th.

With the iOS 12.2 release date on the horizon, it’s a great time to start preparing yourself, and your device, for its release.

In this guide we’ll outline some tips and tricks that could come in handy as we close in on the release of what will likely be the next version of iOS 12.

Prepare for the iOS 12.2 Release Date

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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  1. tas05

    01/18/2019 at 6:27 pm

    Release of the update sooner rather than later would be helpful. I’m encountering a set-up issue with a new ipad Pro (2018 version) – so Apple’s latest release (and a very pricey one at that). The latest version of IOS available for the ipad is 12.1.1, but my iphone6s runs on IOS 12.1.2. All my iCloud backups (visible on the ipad) are in IOS version 12.1.2. On setting up the ipad, it prompts to restore from Icloud, but because the IOS versions do not align, the ipad is unable to set up based on my iPhone’s backup. I have spent hours on the phone with Apple Support, and the best they have to offer are (i) time consuming and suboptimal workarounds or (ii) waiting on IOS 12.1.3’s release…

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