If you own an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, and pay particular attention to new software releases and updates, then you will likely be well aware that Apple has flipped the switch on iOS 12.2.

With this latest release, you can also check out the in-depth release notes and changelog which identifies exactly what has been dumped into this latest release.

The fact that Apple has now actually pushed iOS 12.2 out into the public domain for all compatible iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch owners shouldn’t really come as a surprise to anyone. The Cupertino-based company has had multiple pre-release seeds pushed out into the hands of developers and testers so the knowledge of iOS 12.2’s existence is fairly global at this point in time. Still, it’s always a relief when it’s actually deemed to be ready for the average user and those users get new features and functionality in their hands.

Apple has already issued a number of iOS 12.1.x releases over the last few months but this is the second major update to iOS 12 since it first went live during the back-end of 2018. It includes an array of new and fun additions, such as four new Animoji characters to interact with, as well as tidying up of the user interface and subtle changes to icons throughout the platform.

It’s actually a release which comes with feature additions but also feels like a release which shows that iOS 12 is actually maturing ahead of Apple’s first iOS 13 previews in a couple of months.

You can find the official changelog below:

iOS 12.2 provides support for Apple News+, adds the ability for Siri to play videos from your iOS device to Apple TV, and includes four new Animoji. This update also includes bug fixes and improvements.

Apple News+

  • Apple News+ is a new subscription service that extends the Apple News experience with hundreds of magazines and top newspapers
  • Our editors handpick top articles and magazine issues, and you also get personalized recommendations on the topics most interesting to you
  • Automatic downloads make it easy to read magazine issues offline
  • Apple News is now available in Canada, with a free experience that includes handpicked Top Stories, a personalized Today feed, and support for both English and French
  • Apple News+ is available in the U.S. and in Canada, with dozens of additional Canadian magazines

Siri

  • Ask Siri on your iPhone or iPad to play any video, show, movie, sports game, or channel on Apple TV. For example, “Hey Siri, play Free Solo on my TV”

Animoji

  • Four new Animoji—owl, boar, giraffe and shark—are included for iPhone X and later, iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation) and iPad Pro 11-inch

AirPlay

  • Dedicated TV controls in Control Center and on the Lock Screen give you quick access to TV controls
  • AirPlay multitasking for video allows you to browse other apps, as well as play other short form audio and video files locally on your device without interrupting AirPlay
  • AirPlay destinations are now grouped by content type making it faster for you to find what device you want to play to

Apple Pay

  • Apple Pay Cash customers can now transfer money to their bank accounts instantly using their Visa debit cards
  • Wallet app now conveniently displays Apple Pay credit and debit transactions right below the card

Screen Time

  • Downtime can be configured with a different schedule for each day of the week
  • A new toggle enables easily turning app limits on or off temporarily

Safari

  • Website sign-in now occurs automatically after filling credentials with Password AutoFill
  • Warnings now appear when loading unencrypted webpages
  • Removes support for the expired Do Not Track standard to prevent potential use as a fingerprinting variable; Intelligent Tracking Prevention now protects against cross-site tracking by default
  • Smart Search Field queries can now be modified by tapping the arrow icon next to search suggestions

Apple Music

  • The Browse tab shows more editorial highlights on a single page making it easier to discover new music, playlists, and more

AirPods

  • Support for new AirPods (2nd generation)

This update also includes other improvements and bug fixes. This update:

  • Supports Air Quality Index in Maps for US, UK, and India
  • Includes information in Settings on how much time remains on your device’s warranty period
  • Supports real-time text (RTT) for phone calls made through a nearby iPhone on iPad and iPod Touch
  • Displays a “5G E” icon for iPhone 8 and later, iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation) or iPad Pro 11-inch indicating that users are in an area where AT&T’s 5G Evolution network is available
  • Improves quality of audio recordings in Messages
  • Improves stability and performance of Apple TV Remote on iOS
  • Fixes an issue that prevented some missed calls from appearing in Notification Center
  • Addresses an issue where a badge notification could appear on Settings even though no action is needed
  • Addresses an issue in Settings > General > iPhone Storage where the storage size of some large apps, the System category, and the Other category in the storage bar graph could be incorrect
  • Fixes an issue that could cause Voice Memos to automatically play back recordings after connecting to a car Bluetooth device
  • Resolves an issue that could cause Voice Memos to temporarily prevent renaming a recording

If you are one of those iPhone or iPad owners who don’t really trust or believe what they read until they see it in person or witness the changes in action, then you can actually see Apple’s own words in action prior to downloading and installing the iOS 12.2 update.

If you have a compatible iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, then you can head on over to Settings > General > Software Update and force through the update to see the official changelog right before your very eyes. You are then fully armed with all of the relevant information directly from the horses’ mouth so to speak and can decide if you want to go through with the update.

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