Apple Releases iOS 12.2 With Apple News+ Service, New Animoji, HomeKit and AirPlay 2 Support for TVs, Safari Changes and More

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple today released iOS 12.2, the second major update to the iOS 12 operating system that first launched in September 2018. iOS 12.2 comes more than a month after the release of iOS 12.1.4, the last iOS 12 update, and just after Apple's March 25 event that saw the unveiling of new subscription services.

    The update is available on all eligible devices over-the-air in the Settings app. To access the update, go to Settings > General > Software Update. As with all iOS updates, iOS 12.2 is free to download. It may take some time for iOS 12.2 to propagate to all iOS users.

    iOS 12.2 is a significant update to iOS and adds a multitude of new features. First and foremost, the iOS 12.2 update introduces support for the new Apple News+ subscription service, allowing Apple News subscribers unlimited access to news and magazines for a monthly fee.


    For Canadians, iOS 12.2 brings Apple News to Canada for the first time, expanding it beyond the United States, the UK, and Australia. Canadians can access news in either French or English.


    There are four new Animoji in iOS 12.2, including a boar, a shark, a giraffe, and an owl. The new Animoji are available in the Messages and FaceTime apps.


    iOS 12.2 lays the groundwork for AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support on third-party TVs from companies like LG, Sony, and Samsung, with these features set to be implemented later this year. These changes include updates to the Home app to add TV access, and a redesigned TV remote in Control Center that takes up the full iPhone screen and has a darker color. Apple has also introduced a new option for "Allow TV Access" to control who can access and send content to your TV.


    When paired with tvOS 12.2, iOS 12.2 brings a new feature that lets you ask Siri to play specific TV shows, movies, and music on devices like third-party TV sets and the Apple TV.

    For AT&T users, iOS 12.2 introduces a new "5G E" icon for the cellular signal, replacing the standard LTE icon. This is misleading branding from 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.


    Apple has streamlined the interface of the Wallet app ahead of upcoming support for an Apple credit card made available through a partnership with Goldman Sachs. The Apple credit card could have unique Wallet features like rewards tracking, access to balance management tools, notifications about spending habits, and options to set spending limits.

    New Wallet app on left, old Wallet app on right​

    There are dozens of smaller changes and tweaks in iOS 12. The Downtime feature can be customized by day, the Apple News, AirPlay, and Control Center Remote icons have been designed, and audio messages in the Messages app are now higher quality thanks to a new codec.

    In iOS 12.2, audio messages use an updated Opus codec for higher quality audio​

    With Apple Pay Cash, there's a new "Add Money" option in Wallet that makes it easier to add funds, and in Safari, there are now search arrows for getting targeted search results more quickly when conducting a Google search. All websites that do not use a secure HTTPS connection are listed as "Not Secure" in the Safari menu bar, and there is a new Air Quality setting in Apple Maps.


    Safari privacy is improving in iOS 12.2 with a new Motion & Orientation toggle located under Settings > Safari > Privacy & Security. Turning this on will let websites display content that relies on motion data from the accelerometer and gyroscope. Improvements have also been made to the Intelligent Tracking Prevention feature and support for the outdated opt-in Do Not Track option has been eliminated.


    Apple has updated the "About" screen in the Settings app to more logically display relevant information, and Siri is now able to suggest Today at Apple sessions based on Safari and app usage if you have the Apple Store app installed. You'll also be able to see warranty information right on your device in the Settings app.


    In a recent episode of Vergecast, The Verge's Nilay Patel said that iOS 12.2 will bring iPad Pro support to the Logitech Crayon, an alternative to the Apple Pencil and Apple Pencil 2. Following the update, the Logitech Crayon will be compatible with iPad Pro models.


    Apple's full release notes for the iOS 12.2 update are listed below, with all new features and included bug fixes:
    iOS 12.2 could be one of the last significant updates that we see to the iOS 12 operating system as Apple's focus will shift to iOS 13 after the Worldwide Developers Conference, which is set to take place on June 3.

    Article Link: Apple Releases iOS 12.2 With Apple News+ Service, New Animoji, HomeKit and AirPlay 2 Support for TVs, Safari Changes and More
  2. dannyyankou macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2012
    Scarsdale, NY
    For anyone on the beta program that can't download this, delete the beta profile, restart your phone, and try again. It should work.
  3. nviz22 macrumors 603


    Jun 24, 2013
    Ah yes, the infamous 5G E icon. AT&T has some major backlash to deal with because of their deceit. Apple should've kept its phones out of that mess.
  4. xgman macrumors 601


    Aug 6, 2007
    or - just don't bother till the next beta. probably the same we already have.
  5. JackieTreehorn macrumors 6502


    May 22, 2005
    No news on the ECG not working (anymore) outside of US?
  6. davethorp macrumors regular

    Jan 28, 2010
    Preston, Lancashire, UK
    It’s downloading for me even with the beta profile still installed
  7. chfilm macrumors 68000


    Nov 15, 2012
  8. KamilG macrumors newbie


    Sep 25, 2018
    What's an AirPower? Never heard of that before...
  9. I7guy macrumors P6


    Nov 30, 2013
    Gotta be in it to win it
    Even though I have the beta profile, I still was able to download iOS 12.2.
  10. decypher44, Mar 25, 2019
    Last edited: Mar 25, 2019

    decypher44 macrumors 6502


    Feb 24, 2007
    Orange County, CA
    It’s about time we are able to download the full release while still having beta profile! Awesome!! I hope this will be the way going forward.
  11. LotusLord macrumors 6502a


    Apr 28, 2008
    The Capital of the Land of Cheese and Beer
    Downloading now on my phone. Somewhat interested in News +, but was honestly more interested in the other services announced today.
  12. Paradoxally macrumors 68000

    Feb 4, 2011
  13. Pipper99 macrumors 68020


    Aug 14, 2010
    Fort Worth, TX
    not downloading at the moment..will update when I start in several days....or not :)
  14. Greymacuser macrumors 6502


    Jul 31, 2012
    Holy god!
    I was joking when I said that they would make new emojis a big deal in their next event but...
    Fiction is now reality!
  15. deeddawg macrumors 604

    Jun 14, 2010
  16. PastaPrimav macrumors 6502

    Nov 6, 2017
    I'm gonna guess tomorrow.
  17. vbctv macrumors 6502


    Sep 25, 2013
    Cleveland, OH
    It actually shows up on the beta for the first time ever... It's always done that on macOS but this is the first time on iOS.
  18. BootsWalking macrumors 6502a

    Feb 1, 2014
    This update also includes other improvements and bug fixes. This update:
    Displays a "5G E" icon for iPhone 8 and later

    I think we need a third category in addition "other improvements" and "bug fixes". I'll hold my tongue on what I would call it.
  19. zahuh macrumors regular

    Oct 22, 2004
    I thought I read a rumor that Swift 5 will launch with this release... did that happen?
  20. uptempos macrumors member

    Jan 25, 2015
    all i wanted was DARK MODE! especially in imessage...
  21. SoyCapitanSoyCapitan macrumors 601


    Jul 4, 2015
    Available now.
  22. TMRJIJ macrumors 68040


    Dec 12, 2011
    South Carolina, United States
    Okay then... Well, so far it's 2.47 GB on my iPhone 7.

  23. Attirex macrumors 6502a

    Apr 8, 2015
    Will this put Oprah on my phone?

    JUST KIDDING! Just kidding...don't ban me, mods....

    installing on six devices. Nothing bricked yet.
  24. JackieTreehorn macrumors 6502


    May 22, 2005
    That’s what she said

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