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Third betas of iOS 12.2, watchOS 5.2 and tvOS 12.2 are now available for testing

2019 February 19
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Apple today seeded third betas for the upcoming iOS 12.2, watchOS 5.2 and tvOS 12.2 software updates to its registered developers and members of the Apple Developer Program. The latest releases, sans the watchOS beta, should launch shortly for public beta testers. In case you’ve been wondering, public betas are generally identical to developer betas.

We’re installing the iOS 12.2 beta on our devices to see if it restores group FaceTime functionality for beta testers (regular users received a fix for the eavesdropping issue in iOS 12.1.4). Today’s releases exclude macOS Mojave 10.14.4 beta 3 which dropped yesterday.

To install iOS 12.2 beta 3 (build 16E5201e), tap Settings → General → Software Update on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. To install tvOS 12.2 beta 3 (build 16L5201d), tap Settings → System → Software Updates → Update Software on your fourth or fifth-generation Apple TV.

To install watchOS 5.2 beta 3 (build 16T5201c) tap My Watch → General → Software Update in the companion Watch app on your iPhone (and while we’re at it, definitely be sure to check out our handy tip for speeding up watchOS updates dramatically).

Be sure that your device is running a special configuration profile that can be downloaded from Apple’s Development Center portal or you won’t be able to install Apple beta software.

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The inaugural iOS 12.2 beta brought about a few noteworthy changes and improvements, including Apple News support in Canada, the addition of HomeKit TV support, subscriptions in the News app, a redesigned Apple TV Remote widget in Control Center, support for a future AirPods revision with the Hey Siri feature, four new Animoji and more.

watchOS 5.2 and tvOS 12.2 are mostly about bug fixes while macOS Mojave 10.14.4 happens to include tweaks for Touch ID AutoFill in Safari and automatic Dark Mode for websites.

We are expecting the above updates, as well as macOS Mojave 10.14.4, to stay in beta for several weeks, and perhaps to be ready to go public some time in March, most likely at some point following Apple’s supposed press event on March 25.

If you’ve spotted noteworthy changes in the new betas, be sure to post your findings in the comments. We’ll be making sure to update this post as new information become available.

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