Apple is rolling out these 40 new features and changes in iOS 12.2 for iPhone & iPad

iPhone XS Max running iOS 12.2The lengthy beta phase of iOS 12.2 has come to an end, and Apple has finally released the feature-packed update to the masses. Within this point update is a pile of new features and changes that run from the mundane to the profound.

We’ve been testing and scrutinizing iOS 12.2 since it was first released to developers in February and have compiled a near-exhaustive list of every feature and change Apple baked in.

Let’s dig in.

One of the biggest new additions was support for HomeKit TVs that are soon to be flooding the market from the likes of LG, Vizio, and others. Aside from adding official support, Apple also verbosely tweaked the Control Center Remote tile and various other UI elements that impact the Apple TV as well. The Control Center Remote now is full screen, can support TVs and Apple TVs, and added back the forward/backward skip buttons.

Control Center Remote tile

Control Center Remote tile

Apple is also expected to release an updated version of the Remote app on the App Store to mirror these changes there as well.

Rumors have been swirling about Apple launching an Apple Pay branded credit card with Goldman Sachs, and as a possible precursor to that, the iPhone maker has been tightening up the UI within the Wallet app. Entire tabs have been redesigned with new layouts and additional information.

AppleCare status is now available directly from Settings where you can also purchase AppleCare if your device is eligible.

New Animoji owl character

New Animoji owl character

Messages received four new Animoji characters such as owl, giraffe, shark, and boar.

The new paid service Apple News+ is baked into this release which brings you over 300 magazines, digital subscriptions, The Wall Street Journal, and more for $9.99 a month. We will a closer look at Apple News+ shortly.

Both the second generation AirPods and AirPower are now support on iOS 12.2 —the former of which is already shipping out to customers.

Full list

HomeKit

    • Support For HomeKit TVs

    • “Allow Speaker Access” becomes “Allow Speaker & TV Access” in Home app

Control Center

    • A new responsive AirPlay icon has been added to the music widget in Control Center

    • New animation when jumping to Music from the Control Center widget

    • New Screen Mirroring icon in Control Center

    • New icon for Remote widget in Control Center

    • Remote widget in Control Center was redesigned (to support HomeKit TVs as well as Apple TVs)

    • Remote widget in Control Center is now full screen

    • Skip forward/back have returned while playing content

    • New “Now Playing” UI with new remote buttons

    • AirPlay now continues in the background to let you multitask

Wallet

    • App icon from the bottom was removed of third-party cards

    • The ellipses moved from bottom right to top

    • Info ellipsis is solid black now

    • Latest transaction below is in a rounded bubble with icon

    • Tapping the latest transaction takes you to more info-screen

    • Redesigned transaction info screen

    • Card details page was redesigned with the card picture on top and name centered below, blue “info” and “transactions” buttons are black

    • On transactions page, all transactions are in bubble-style grid

    • Now easy tap call and website buttons under Card Info

    • Apple Pay card now has easy add money and transfer to bank buttons instead of just text

Safari

    • Safari warns users about websites that don’t support HTTPS

    • Safari search predictions now have arrows to the right

    • Keyboard now has a color picker

    • Remotes support for outdated Do Not Track setting

    • Sign-in now occurs after filling credientials with AutoFill

Settings

    • Motion & Orientation Data toggle is available in Safari settings

    • Under “About”, model name is now listed

    • About section now uses small “s” for iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max

    • Apple Care purchase option is in Settings, as well as status

    • Can toggle Air Quality Index on/off for Maps

Maps

    • Maps now has Air Quality Index rating in the lower corner

News

    • Apple News has a new icon

    • Includes Apple News+ service for magazines and other content (more coming soon)

    • Apple News comes to Canada

    • “APPLE NEWS” has become an Apple logo followed by “News”

Siri

    • Use Siri to play content on Apple TV

Apple Music

    • Additional content in Browse tab

New devices support

    • AirPower support

    • AirPods 2 support

Messages

  • New Animoji Characters —giraffe, shark, owl, boar

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