Like a clock, two days after launching iOS 12.1.3, macOS Mojave 10.14.3, watchOS 5.1.3 and tvOS 12.1.2, Apple today began testing the next major updates to its operating systems.
The first beta builds of the iOS 12.2 (16E5181f), from macOS Mojave 10.14.4 (18E174f), from watchOS 5.2 (16T5181f) and the tvOS 12.2 (16L5181f). In addition, the Xcode 10.2 beta (10P82s), the macOS Server 5.8 beta (18H2027) and the Apple Configurator 2.9 beta (3J9).
Due to the version numbers, it is possible that these updates will come with some visible novelty in addition to bug fixes and general improvements. IOS 11.2, for example, arrived with new wallpapers, changes to the Control Center, Apple Pay Cash and slightly faster wireless charging compatibility.
As soon as we know if there is any news coming in these updates, we will let you know through updates to this post.
Update Jan 24, 2019 at 16:57
Starting to paint the news:
iOS 12.2 brings TV support for HomeKit & AirPlay 2. Also, per release notes, Apple News finally comes to Canada. .T pic.twitter.com/Z1kbvAFVdw
– Ryan Christoffel (@iryantldr) January 24, 2019
IOS 12.2 brings TV support to HomeKit and AirPlay 2. Plus, from the release notes, Apple News is finally arriving in Canada. ??
Obviously, this has to do with the recently announced support for televisions from various manufacturers.
Update II Jan 24, 2019 at 17:16
The screen mirroring function has gained a new icon in the Control Center:
New screen mirroring icon in iOS 12.2 pic.twitter.com/mztwNZotUh
– Matt (@ ttam110) January 24, 2019
Update III Jan 24, 2019 at 18:41
The Control Center’s remote control widget was slightly redesigned in iOS 12.2, as shown in the MacRumors:
In addition, Safari gained blue arrows in its search which allow the user to add the keywords to the search before performing it, in fact:
The browser now also reports, with more prominence in its address bar, when a website being accessed is not secure (without HTTPS).
Finally, another relevant novelty is in Apple Maps: it has gained a new index that informs the current air quality.
Have you discovered any more changes?
Update IV Jan 24, 2019 at 19:07
There is also a new interface when Siri is asked to play music:
@bzamayo new UI in Siri when asking for music pic.twitter.com/1w2JamYgpe
– Gabe (@gabrielmata) January 24, 2019
Update V Jan 28, 2019 at 15:00
Another good news, highlighted by 9to5Mac:
@ 9to5mac 12.2 allows you to custom screen time days pic.twitter.com/pJIEplP3Fj
– Sam Spencer (@Mr_SamSpencer) January 26, 2019
Starting with iOS 12.2, it will be possible to customize the feature Rest (Downtime) in Settings »Time of Use for days of the week – and not just one, general. It’s great especially for those who handle their smartphones differently on weekdays and weekends.
Update VI Jan 28, 2019 at 16:35
The first test builds for iOS 12.2, macOS Mojave 10.14.4 and tvOS 12.2 are now also available to members of the Apple Beta Software Program.