Update: Developer betas are now available including iOS 12.2, watchOS 5.2, tvOS 12.2, macOS 10.14.4, and Xcode 10.2 beta 1.
Now that Apple’s bug fix beta updates to iOS 12.1 are now available to all users, it’s time for the next big point release of iOS 12. Apple will release iOS 12.2 developer beta 1 today. watchOS 5.2 beta 1 for developers is also arriving today. The software update should be available at the top of the hour. We’ll update and report back any changes that we discover inside.
While updates like iOS 12.1.3 typically focus on bug fixes and security improvements, Apple sometimes uses updates like iOS 12.2 to introduce minor new features and changes before major new versions later in the year. iOS 12.2 could also include clues about rumored new devices, specifically new iPads.
Apple is rumored to be planning to release a new 10-inch iPad that could replace the current $329 9.7-inch iPad. A low-priced iPad mini 5 has also been rumored as a replacement for the years-old iPad mini 4. We’re also awaiting more clues about AirPods 2 and AirPower.
At any rate, we’ll update this story when iOS 12.2 developer beta 1 is released and highlight any new changes discovered on iPhone and iPad. Apple typically releases public beta versions for free a few days after developer beta versions of new software updates.
A $99/year developer account is required to access iOS developer betas. Apple’s developer program supports watchOS betas, while Apple’s public beta program is limited to iOS, tvOS, and macOS.
Update: The new developer betas are now available. These are the latest build versions:
- iOS 12.2 beta 1 – 16E5181f
- watchOS 5.2 beta 1 – 16T5181f
- tvOS 12.2 beta 1 – 16L5181f
- macOS 10.14.4 beta 1 – 18E174f
- Xcode 10.2 beta 1 – 10P82s
Changes so far include:
- initial support for AirPlay 2 TVs in the Home app for HomeKit
- Screen Mirroring icon in Control Center changed
- Control Center tile for Apple TV Remote now works with AirPlay 2 TVs too and has been redesigned
- Stocks app icon for Mac has been redrawn (likely a mistake)
- Apple News expanding to Canada
- ‘Last Transaction’ UI in Wallet updated, easier to see transaction details
- Signs of Apple News Premium with paid access
- Air Quality now included in Maps (toggle in Settings)
- Websites can now automatically use dark mode themes in Safari 12.1 on macOS 10.14.4, previously limited to Safari Technology Preview
- Richer Siri assets like an in-line music player
Television support in Home app is really basic for now… looks like just power and input for now. pic.twitter.com/IlZsdwUjlt
— Khaos Tian (@KhaosT) January 24, 2019
— Gabe (@gabrielmata) January 24, 2019
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