Public beta testers are currently plugged into iOS 12.1.3, but not for long. Apple will release the first public beta for iOS 12.2 later today. The company released the first developer beta for the software yesterday, January 24, which includes new features for HealthKit and News, as well as a number of pointers for future developments.
Even though iOS 12.2 is the first iOS with the highest number released since October, these are "official" new features that you do not necessarily have to write about. According to Apple's release notes, notifications for high, low, and irregular heartbeats are now read-only files in the health app, and the news app now works in both English and French in Canada.
Apple Pay Known Issues
- You may not be able to authenticate within Wallet after selecting a card. (44919900) Workaround: Double-click the Home button on an iPhone with Touch ID if your iPhone is locked. Then select the desired card in Wallet and authenticate yourself before you hold your iPhone near the reader. On the iPhone X, iPhone X S iPhone X S Max and iPhone X R Double-click the page button, Select the desired card in Wallet and authenticate yourself with Face ID before you hold your iPhone near the reader.
Mobile device known issues
- You may not be able to purchase a prepaid data plan with mobile data. (47272516) Workaround: Connect to Wi-Fi and then buy the plan.
HealthKit New Features
- High and low heart rate notifications and irregular heart rhythm notifications are now available as read-only category patterns. (46422154)
News What's New
- Apple News will be available in Canada with iOS 12.2 and is now available to Canadian users in the Developer Beta. Apple News in Canada supports both English and French. Readers can access a bilingual experience by following a channel in a second language. Note: Publications in the beta do not reflect all the content that will be available. Top stories and digests are not updated as frequently as in the shipping product.
Siri Known Issues
- Siri does not work in iOS simulators. (46681836)
Not included in the Apple release notes, but new features are more exciting. According to 9to5Mac, we see a "Hey Siri" setup interface for the upcoming AirPods 2, hints on AirPlay 2 support in the HomeKit app, a new screen mirroring icon in Control Center, a new Control Center tile for Apple TV. Remote is now working with AirPlay 2 TVs, a new look for "Last Transactions" details in Wallet, a world-class Apple News service in the works, a new air quality switch in Maps, and possibly a music player in Siri.
If you want to upgrade your iPhone to iOS 12.2 public beta version 1, you must first sign up for the beta program and have a valid configuration profile. If the new "Automatic Updates" are enabled for iOS 12, you can have the software updated overnight. To download the beta version now, start Settings, select "General" and then "Software Update". Tap "Download and Install" and follow the instructions on the screen.
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