iOS 12.2 is here with Apple News+ service, extra animoji, AirPlay 2 support for HDTVs and much more

Today, Apple released iOS 12.2 which is the second major update to the iOS 12 operating system that first launched in September 2018. Let’s discussing about what’s included? Apple News+ is the new subscription service, allowing Apple News subscribers unlimited access to news and magazines for a monthly fee. For Canadians, iOS 12.2, it’s definitely coming to Canada for the first time and of course for the UK, and Australia. Canadians are welcome to access news in either French or English.

Boar, a shark, a giraffe, and an owl are the four new characters part of the Animoji available in the Messages and FaceTime apps.

iOS 12.2’s AirPlay 2 and HomeKit will support on third-party TVS from companies like Samsung, Sony and LG later this year. It also will be supported for Fire TV and Roku too.

For AT&T customers, iOS 12.2 introduces a new “5G E” icon for cellular signal, replacing the standard LTE icon. We have to remind you that it’s not actually 5G. It’s called evolution and only upgraded version of LTE as “advanced”

Here’s Apple’s full release notes for the iOS 12.2 update are listed below, with all new features and included bug fixes:

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 

– 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” 

– 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 

– 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 

– 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 

– 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

iOS 12.2 software update should be one of the last significant updates to the iOS 12 operating system and Apple will focus on next generation iOS 13 and expects to announce it at the World wide Developers Conference, which is set to take place on June 3.

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