iOS 12.2 inches closer to launch with sixth beta

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iOS 12.2 is bringing a bunch of new features to iPhone and iPad.
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Apple is back with an all-new iOS 12.2 beta for developers, just one week after the iPhone-maker released iOS 12.2 beta 5 into the wild.

iOS 12.2 beta 6 could be the last beta build Apple puts out before making it available to the public. The new beta build packs a ton of bug fixes and performance improvements for iPad and iPhone to go with some UI changes and new features Apple added in previous builds.

Registered developers can download iOS 12.2 beta 6 directly from the Apple online developer portal. It can also be installed as an over-the-air update if you have the previous beta installed on your device. Apple also came out with new betas for watchOS 5.2, macOS 10.14.4 and tvOS 12.2.

What’s in iOS 12.2?

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The new animoji of iOS 12.2.
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iOS 12.2 beta 6 beta looks like it mostly contains small bug fixes and other performance tweaks as Apple readies it for public release. Previous builds have brought a number of significant changes though, such as Apple News for Canada and new Animoji characters 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. References for Hey Siri support on new AirPods was discovered in previous betas, along with references to new iPads.

Other betas added 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 too. Now that we’re on the fifth beta build, a public launch could be just a few weeks away.