Apple Releases Fifth Developer Beta of iOS 12.2 [Update: Public Beta Available]

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple today seeded the fifth beta of an upcoming iOS 12.2 update to developers for testing purposes, one week after seeding the fourth beta of iOS 12.2 and more than a month after the release of iOS 12.1.4.

    Registered developers can download the new iOS 12.2 beta from Apple's Developer Center or over-the-air once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Developer Center.


    iOS 12.2 expands Apple News to Canada for the first time, with Canadian iPhone and iPad users able to read news stories in English, French, or both. Apple says that during the beta, content will be more limited than it will be when the update is released.


    There are four new Animoji included the iOS 12.2 beta, including a boar, a shark, a giraffe, and an owl. Animoji can be used within the Messages and FaceTime apps.


    The software introduces support for AirPlay 2 and HomeKit on third-party TVs in light of recent AirPlay 2 announcements, with a new option for limiting TV access joining the speaker access option in the Home app. There's also a redesigned TV remote in Control Center, and when paired with tvOS 12.2, you can ask Siri to play specific TV shows, movies, and music on your HomeKit devices like the Apple TV.


    For some AT&T users, there's a new "5G E" icon for the cellular signal, replacing the standard LTE icon. This is a bit misleading of AT&T, because the iPhone does not support 5G, nor is the network AT&T calls 5G E actual 5G. Instead, it's an upgraded version of LTE, with more info available here.

    The Wallet app's interface has been streamlined and tweaked, there's a new interface for Apple Pay Cash, and the Downtime feature in Screen Time now allows you to customize by day. Apple has also made minor changes to some icons (including Apple News, AirPlay, and Remote in Control Center) and has introduced new Safari features, with a full list of changes introduced throughout the beta testing period available in our iOS 12.2 tidbits post.


    Apple is improving Safari's privacy in iOS 12.2 through a new Motion & Orientation toggle located under Settings > Safari > Privacy >Security, which is disabled by default. The setting needs to be enabled on to allow websites to display content that relies on motion data from the accelerometer and gyroscope in the iPhone and iPad.

    iOS 12.2 confirms that Apple is planning to release second-generation AirPods with "Hey Siri" support, thanks to a hidden "Hey Siri" AirPods setup screen in the beta. The inclusion of the AirPods setup option in the beta indicates that Apple could perhaps be planning to release new AirPods when iOS 12.2 is released.

    The update also features hints of an upcoming Apple News subscription service, which could see a Texture-like magazine service added to Apple News. The Apple News subscription service is expected to be introduced at an upcoming March 25 event, and we could see iOS 12.2 released shortly afterwards.

    What's new in iOS 12.2 beta 5: In iOS 12.2, when setting up a new Apple Watch, Apple is using location to make sure the ECG feature is available in a particular region, suggesting the company may be planning to geofence ECG functionality and limit it to the United States.

    This would potentially prevent customers who purchased a U.S. Apple Watch but live in another country from using the ECG feature. Location is verified via SIM card and can't be bypassed during Apple Watch setup. 9to5Mac says there are also hints of upcoming changes to Wallet to support the integration of a new Goldman Sachs credit card and indications that work on AirPower is continuing.

    Article Link: Apple Releases Fifth Developer Beta of iOS 12.2 [Update: Public Beta Available]
  2. snowboarder macrumors 6502

    Jun 9, 2007
    Finaly the shark animoji!!! Thank you Tim, you are great!
  3. DBZmusicboy01 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 30, 2011
  4. iGeneo macrumors regular


    Jul 3, 2010
    Getting there... though I have been experiencing the lag / freeze at times
  5. AngerDanger macrumors 601


    Dec 9, 2008
  6. alphaswift macrumors regular

    Aug 26, 2014
    Does anyone over the age of 12 use Animojis? Why does Apple continue to spend money on this? Give me an accessible file system instead of a shark face.
  7. hermes16 macrumors member

    Jan 17, 2019
    What would you expect from "the Hack from compaq"
  8. lunarworks macrumors 68000

    Jun 17, 2003
    Toronto, Canada
    I'm looking forward to finally being able to use Apple News when this thing releases.
  9. Pepe4life macrumors 6502


    Nov 15, 2018
    Hey Apple, how about fixing the settings app that still freezes periodically for no reason? Last time I checked, most people (teenagers included) don’t use Animojis
  10. calzon65 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 16, 2008
    AT&T's new 5G E signal indicator is sooooo misleading.
  11. DeathBecomesMe macrumors regular


    Sep 15, 2014
    One can only hope they can make Apple Music pick up where you left off, on bluetooth and usb. I know it's a huge ask.
  12. citysnaps macrumors 601

    Oct 10, 2011
    San Francisco
    Head on over to Best Buy and purchase a Samsung phone. Happiness is within reach, just takes a wee bit of courage.
  13. otternonsense, Mar 11, 2019
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2019

    otternonsense macrumors 65816


    Jul 25, 2016
    I wish there was something that would interest me in this update as an iPhone 8 user that doesn't own an Apple TV and lives in Germany (therefore News and Apple cash are not available).

    Quasi-curious about the new Safari features.
    --- Post Merged, Mar 11, 2019 ---
    Happiness is also to use your ecosystem of choice and have it provide useful features across the board. Who are you to ostracise Apple users who simply want a better experience from their native platform?

    The problem is not that Animoji's are an infantile gimmick –it's that all recent updates seem to be revolving around infantile gimmicks like Animoji's. Why can't we have both advanced features and playful little nothings?
  14. suedehed macrumors newbie


    Oct 6, 2016
    Merrick, NY
    I get your point on the apparent uselessness of them. However, as a dad of 2, they are priceless.. I spend half the year traveling for work, and they love when I use them in facetime conversations. So yea, they aren't solving world hunger, or making iOS better, but they absolutely make my kids laugh so they do extend the usefulness for me.
  15. citysnaps macrumors 601

    Oct 10, 2011
    San Francisco
    You can. Simply purchase a Samsung phone. Easy.

    As adults we have to make choices in life. Simply choose the feature set and device that meets your requirements.
  16. realtuner macrumors 65816


    Mar 8, 2019
    Funny, I read the releases notes and it didn’t appear to revolve around Animoji’s at all. There are a lot of tweaks and features along with multiple security bug fixes.

    Seems like it’s a few users who try to spin this release as being about Animoji, for whatever reason.
  17. citysnaps macrumors 601

    Oct 10, 2011
    San Francisco
    Sadly, that's the way it is here. With respect to's just another opportunity to crap on Apple, and, bring a little bit of happiness and power into one's life that otherwise does not exist.
  18. I7guy macrumors Core


    Nov 30, 2013
    Gotta be in it to win it
    I like these infantile little gimmicks. Do you believe Apple is such a small company it can either deliver Animoji or a substantial update?
  19. otternonsense macrumors 65816


    Jul 25, 2016
    Well, as an adult user of Apple products I choose to ignore your contrarian trolling.
    --- Post Merged, Mar 11, 2019 ---
    I believe that they seem to be unable to deliver both in the past few years and certainly it isn't due to lack of budget.
  20. techdetention macrumors newbie

    Oct 31, 2018
    @MacRumors How did you guys know about this release today? This was posted before Apples scheduled release time of normally 10:00 AM PST or 1:00 PM EST. I understand Apple stages releases by Time Zone so you guys would see it sooner but there is no indication that Apple would have released that ahead of schedule.
  21. macguru212 macrumors 6502


    Apr 17, 2009
    Get 'em hooked when they're young!

    That's how you build a user base these days.
  22. mofoliar macrumors 6502


    Mar 31, 2010
    Mine is not showing 5G E any longer!
  23. Antoni Nygaard macrumors 6502a

    Antoni Nygaard

    Jun 23, 2009
    Why are these articles coming just a few hours before the release.... Why not just article with the release of the update itself.

    EDIT: Did you just remove "Today" from the headline?
  24. Solver macrumors 6502a

    Jan 6, 2004
    I like it. Gives me a chance to backup all our devices on iTunes before I update them.
  25. jonnyb098 macrumors 68030


    Nov 16, 2010
    Haters gonna hate because Animoji, while not a major feature, is the most tangible to millions of users outside of the geekdom.

    Anyone arguing against them could also argue why millions and millions of people use snapchat filters. Get over it. Its the world we live in , people love this stuff. Its accessible to all ages and hilarious as hell when you put something like animoji in front of older people. Whats wrong with something thats

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