Apple just released the sixth beta release for iOS 12.2 today, Monday, March 18. Just as expected, the update to the developer version dropped just before 1 p.m. EDT (10 AM PDT), and although it is still early, may include new changes and features from iOS 12.2 beta 5 and later.
Although it is still too fresh to tell exactly what is new about iOS 12.2 developers beta 6, smaller bug fixes for problems found in beta 5. Apple takes time to publish the release notes, but also changelog doesn't tell All there is to know. For the latter, the last three changes have been identical, indicating problems and corrections that Apple wants to inform developers, have been constant over dev betas 3-5.
Apple does not tell the developers all the changes it makes with each beta release. It is up to us and the rest of the beta community to discover. In recent versions, Apple has added new user interfaces to the About page, an updated News icon, a new Apple TV remote control, and Control Center tiles, in addition to other small tweaks and modifications.
While waiting for Apple to publish beta 6's release notes, take a look at the release notes for beta 3-5 below. It is highly likely that they will be exactly the same as beta 6 when they come out.
App Store ̵1; Promote Your New Offers Subscriptions
StoreKit now supports subscription offers in addition to introductory offers, so auto-renewable subscription apps will soon be able to offer discounted rates for some duration to existing and formerly subscribed customers. You will be able to use subscription offers to help win back subscribers who have canceled their subscriptions or are upgrading to a different subscription at a special price. Customers can accept the offer, even if they have already made an initial offer.
StoreKit introduces a new series of SKProductDiscount objects within the SKProduct class to show offers within your app to authorized customers. Add a new SKPaymentDiscount item within the SKPayment class to allow these offers to be accepted by the customer.
Apple Pay – Known Issues
- You may not be able to authenticate within Wallet after selecting a card. (44919900) Solution: On an iPhone with Touch ID, double-click the Home button when your iPhone is locked and then select the desired card in your wallet and verify before you hold your iPhone near the reader. IPhone X S iPhone X S Max and iPhone X R double click on the page button, select the desired card in the wallet and verify with facial ID before holding your iPhone near the reader.
Cellular – Resolved Issues
- Solved a problem that prevented prepaid data plan purchases when using mobile data. (47272516)
HealthKit – New Features
- High and low heart rate messages and irregular heart rate remarks are now available as read-only test types. (46422154)
iCloud Photos – Resolved issues
- Images shared with sharing suggestions are now correctly added. (47401696)
Lock Screen – Solution Problems
- The device charge level no longer remains on the lock screen after removing the unit from a charger. (47363913)
News – New Features
- Apple News will be available in Canada with iOS 12.2, and is now available to Canadian users on the developer beta. Apple News in Canada supports both English and French. Readers can access a bilingual experience when following a channel in a second language. Note! Publications in beta do not reflect all content that will be available. Top Stories and Digests are not updated as often as they will be in the freight product.
Siri – Resolved Problems
- Siri works in iOS simulators. (46681836)
To download and update your iPhone to iOS 12.2 dev beta 6, you must first be a registered developer with a valid configuration profile. If you have enabled "Automatic Updates" in iOS 12, you can have the software updated overnight. To install instantly, launch the Settings app, select "General" and then "Software Update." Touch "Download and Install" and then follow the on-screen instructions.
Apple contains quite a few new features in 12.2 apart from the minor changes mentioned above. The next major updates include new Animoji, AirPlay 2 support from third-party TVs, and Air Quality controls in Weather, just to name a few. While not the most significant update in the iOS history, 12.2 is really an exciting one.