iOS 12.2 beta 1 has been released for developers, brings Apple News to Canada Credit: Jason CrossIDGIDG
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iOS 12.2 beta 1 has been released for developers, brings Apple News to Canada

After releasing iOS 12.1.3 with a few minor bugfixes, Apple has has moved on to iOS 12.2. The first beta was released to developers on January 24, 2019. Currently, there is no public beta release.

Registered developers can download the iOS beta profile by visiting developer.apple.com/download using the device on which they want to run the beta. Non-developers can enter the public beta program by visiting beta.apple.com on the device they wish to enroll in the beta.

Updated 01/14/19: Added a few more details about what has changed in iOS 12.2.

What’s new in iOS 12.2

Support for AirPlay and HomeKit on TVs: Apple recently announced that AirPlay is coming to a bunch of smart TVs this year and iOS 12.2 starts to add support for them. They’re referenced in the Home app, and there’s an updated design to the TV Remote control center tile.

Apple News in Canada: iOS 12.2 will bring Apple News to Canada. In the first beta, the number of news sources is quite limited, but is expected to grow before the final release. 

Minor interface tweaks: In addition to TV references in the Home app, iOS 12.2 tweaks a few other minor interface elements. The Wallet gets a cleaned-up “last transaction” details list, and the AirPlay screen mirroring icon is new, for example.

Safari changes: Sites that do not use HTTPS are now listed as “Not Secure” in the menu bar. This used to appear only if a non-HTTPS site requested a password or credit card number. There are now blue arrows in the google search suggestions, which will add those terms to the search bar when tapped.

Weather and AQI in Maps: In Settings > Maps, there’s a new Climate section with toggles for Weather Conditions and Air Quality Index. Previously, there was no way to turn weather conditions off, and AQI is entirely new. The weather and AQI appear in the lower right corner of the Map view.

Support for new devices: It’s possible that iOS 12.2 is set to pave the way for compatibility with new, unannounced devices. Apple is rumored to be readying a new iPod touch, iPad mini, and maybe a new inexpensive 10-inch iPad. We’re also waiting for an update to AirPods, and the AirPower wireless charging pad has not been released. It’s possible that iOS 12.2 is meant to add support for some or all of these devices.

9to5Mac has found a “Hey Siri” setup screen for AirPods hidden in 12.2, suggesting that new AirPods that support hands-free Siri are indeed coming soon.

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