New iOS Update Follows Up Apple's Latest Offerings
Apple has been dominating headlines recently for throwing out updates and new products like candy. After a major event that served as the grand reveal for several new services, the tech giant appropriately followed up with an iOS software update.
The main feature of iOS 12.2 is its ability to support Apple News+. For $10 per month, Apple News+ users gain access to top articles and magazine issues as chosen by Apple editors. The update also allows user to access content while offline, and receive personalized recommendations based on their history. Other services like Apple Arcade, Apple TV Channels, Apple TV+, and the Apple Card credit card will be released sporadically throughout the year, and will likely get their own iOS updates when the time comes.
Apple's next generation AirPods will also be a major component of iOS 12.2. Thanks to the new H1 chip, users can now summon Siri without having to touch the headphones at all. The voice assistant will also be able to display videos from an iOS device onto an Apple TV, which essentially turns your mobile devices into a virtual remote.
Additional iPhone features that will see some changes include the Animojis, AirPlay, Apple Pay, Screen Time, Safari, and Apple Music. A detailed list of release notes for iOS 12.2 can be found here. This article from Gadget Hacks also does a good job at visually demonstrating the changes to allow users to really get a feel for the new capabilities.
Owners of an iPhone 5S or later, an iPad mini 2 or later and 6th generation iPod touch or later, will notice that the update is available now on their devices. Several articles like this one from Forbes caution against rushing to update though as Apple is still working through a few kinks. As we’ve seen time and time again, there is usually an additional update to the update (i.e. a 12.2.1) that takes care of bug fixes that appear after the fact.