All of Apple’s operating systems have had point releases in beta form for two months, and they’re getting official release dates today, March 25. Their impending availability announcement was made at Apple’s It’s Show Time media event in Cupertino.
Following updates, the official versions of iOS and tvOS for iPads, iPhones, iPod touches, and Apple TVs will be 12.2, with macOS Mojave at 10.14.4. Historically, Apple quickly releases betas of its next OS versions soon thereafter.
Most of the new OS releases’ features were already widely revealed, notably including support for Apple News+ and Apple News in Canada within both iOS 12.2 and macOS 10.14.4, updates adding more detail to the Wallet app, and support for air quality index readings in Maps. tvOS 12.2 enabled Apple TVs to begin playing videos requested using Siri on iOS 12.2 devices: “Play Sherlock on the bedroom TV.”
Users of the latest TrueDepth cameras on iPhone X-series phones and 2018 iPad Pros will also gain access to four new Animoji characters — owl, boar, giraffe, and shark. In the more minor changes category, Apple made roughly two dozen UI and visual tweaks to iOS for all users, largely focused on polishing the News app and various elements of the Apple TV remote functionality. As just one example, iOS 12.2’s Control Center includes a new and considerably larger integrated touch remote control that occupies the full iPhone display, or a significant portion of an iPad screen.
iOS 12.2 and tvOS 12.2 will be available as free updates through the Settings menus of iPads, iPhones, iPod touches, and Apple TVs. macOS 10.14.4 will be available through the Software Update pane of macOS Mojave’s System Preferences menu. The next iOS and tvOS releases are expected to add a substantially revised Apple TV app in May, just ahead of WWDC in June.
Updated March 28 at 9:32 a.m. Pacific: Despite being mentioned in iOS 12.2 release notes, watchOS 5.2 was actually released after the other OSes, late on March 27. It features new Hermès watch faces and for Apple Watch Series 4, unlocks the ECG app for 20 additional countries. Apple Watch users can update to watchOS 5.2 via the iPhone’s Watch app.