Apple seeds second beta of iOS 12.2 to devs

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iOS 12.2 is bringing a bunch of new features to iPhone and iPad.
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Apple is starting off February by serving up a fresh new beta for developers with the release of iOS 12.2 beta 2.

The new beta comes just over a week after Apple seeded the first build of iOS 12.2. That update brought Apple News support to testers in Canada, as well as new Downtime feature that lets you schedules periodically limit the number of apps you can access.

Registered developers can grab iOS 12.2 beta 2 directly from the Apple developer center. If you have the previous beta installed the new beta should be available from the Software Update section in the settings app.

Apple also released new beta builds for macOS 10.4.4, tvOS 12.2 and watchOS 5.2. The Classroom app for iPad and Mac also got updated today. That could be another indicator that Apple’s cheap education-focused iPad could get an update soon. References to the new iPads were discovered in the last iOS 12.2 beta.

What’s inside iOS 12.2?

Apple News for Canada is the biggest addition in the update. Four new Animoji were added for giraffe, shark, owl and boar. There’s also a new display mirroring button in Control Center, plus tons of bug fixes and performance improvements. Support for AirPlay 2 with third-party TVs has also been added.

Release notes for iOS 12.2 beta 2 also mention that there are now high and low heart rate notifications and irregular heart rhythm notifications as read-only category sample types. Apple made some UI tweaks to the Wallet app’s interface and changed some icons in Safari while adding some new features.