The second public beta for iOS 12.2 just launched and there are some interesting changes to the previous iteration – including a fresh Lock screen aesthetic and, most importantly of all, new Animojis.
Here’s what else Apple added.
New Lock Screen
Instead of displaying the date, the Lock Screen will now show how much battery you have left.
Anyone with an iPhone X or later model or an iPad Pro will have four new Animojis to play with – a warthog, giraffe, owl and shark. Cute!
Control Center Update
The Music widget has become more streamlined, with the top icon being converted to the AirPlay logo. When you tap it a list of available playable devices will appear.
Aussies won’t cop this, but AT&T customers in the U.S. who downloaded the beta are seeing a ‘5GE’ icon appear at the top of their screens. It isn’t actually 5G, just the telco’s most recent version of 4G LTE.
And in case you missed it, the previous version of iOS 12.2 from January also included:
- Full-screen Apple TV remote
- Apple Wallet redesign, including transactions being sort by year andthe ability to add money directly to Apple Cash
- HomeKit TV support
- Updated Home Controls allowing content sharing to TVs. Previously only speaker access was permitted.
- Brand new screen mirroring icon
- Weather conditions and air quality in Maps
- Safari has also had some updates, including word search as part of the autocorrect functionality, the ability to deny websites from reading the orientation and motion info of your phone, and highlighting non-HTTP sites as non-secure.
- Downtime now has the ability to be set for specific days and times
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A few bugs have also been found in the 12.2 beta, mostly regarding Apple Pay. Some users have been unable to authenticate it after selecting the card of choice card in their Wallet.
Apple acknowledged this issue in the release notes and suggested double clicking the Home Button when the device is locked, selecting the Wallet card and then authenticating it before holding it up to the reader.
Alternatively, users with Face ID can perform all the above steps but then authenticate with their face before putting it against the reader.
It seems that the 12.2 Siri is also having issues with iOS simulators.