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 past 1 p.m. EDT (10 a.m. PDT), and comes with new changes and features from iOS 12.2 beta 5 and beyond, including a new warranty status in the "About" page in Settings.
We're still discovering new features as they roll in, but we already know a little about iOS 12.2 developer beta 6. When you check out the "About" page in Settings, you'll see a new warranty status. For example, if you didn't purchase Apple Care, and your iPhone is less than one year old, you'll see "Limited Warranty" here, including the expiration date for the warranty. In addition, beta 6 likely includes minor bug fixes for issues found in beta 5.
Apple takes its time publishing the release notes, but even that changelog doesn't tell all there is to know. For one, the last three changelogs have been identical, indicating the issues and fixes Apple wants to inform developers about have remained constant across dev betas 3–5.
Apple doesn't tell developers all of the changes it makes with each beta release. That's up to us and the rest of the beta community to discover. In recent releases, Apple has added new UI changes to the About page, an updated News icon, a new on-screen Apple TV remote and Control Center tile, in addition to other tiny tweaks and changes.
While we wait for Apple to publish beta 6's release notes, take a look at the release notes for betas 3–5 below. It's highly likely they will be exactly the same as beta 6's when they come out.
App Store - Promoting Your Subscriptions with New Offers
StoreKit now supports subscription offers in addition to introductory offers, so apps with auto-renewable subscriptions will soon be able to provide a discounted price for a specific duration for existing and previously subscribed customers. You will be able to use subscription offers to help win back subscribers who have canceled their subscriptions or promote an upgrade to another subscription at a special price. Customers can accept the offer even if they've already completed an introductory offer.
StoreKit introduces a new array of SKProductDiscount objects within the SKProduct class to display offers within your app to eligible customers. Add a new SKPaymentDiscount object within the SKPayment class to allow these offers to be accepted by the customer.
Apple Pay - Known Issues
- You might be unable to authenticate within Wallet after selecting a card. (44919900) Workaround: On an iPhone with Touch ID, double-click the Home button when your iPhone is locked then select the desired card in Wallet and authenticate before holding your iPhone near the reader. On iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR, double-click the side button, select the desired card in Wallet, and authenticate with Face ID before holding your iPhone near the reader.
Cellular - Resolved Issues
- Resolved an issue that prevented prepaid data plan purchases while using cellular data. (47272516)
HealthKit - New Features
- High and low heart rate notifications and irregular heart rhythm notifications are now available as read-only category sample types. (46422154)
iCloud Photos - Resolved Issues
- Photos shared using Sharing Suggestions now load correctly. (47401696)
Lock Screen - Resolved Issues
- The device charge level no longer remains on the lock screen after removing the device from a charger. (47363913)
News - New Features
- Apple News will be available in Canada with iOS 12.2, and is now available for Canadian users on the developer beta. Apple News in Canada supports both English and French. Readers can access a bilingual experience when they follow a channel in a second language. Note: Publications in the beta do not reflect all content that will be available. Top Stories and Digests are not updated as frequently as they will be in the shipping product.
Siri - Resolved Issues
- Siri works in iOS simulators. (46681836)
To download and update your iPhone to iOS 12.2 dev beta 6, you will first need to be a registered developer with a valid configuration profile. If you have iOS 12's "Automatic Updates" enabled, you can let the software update overnight. To install right away, launch the Settings app, select "General," then "Software Update." Tap "Download and Install," then follow the on-screen prompts.
Apple is including quite a few new features in 12.2 aside from the minor changes mentioned above. The next big updates include new Animoji, AirPlay 2 support among third-party TVs, and air quality controls in Weather, just to name a few. While not the most substantial update in iOS history, 12.2 is certainly an exciting one.