Apple Releases iOS 12.2 with News+ Support

Posted on March 26, 2019 by Paul Thurrott in Apple, iOS with 6 Comments

Apple has released a new version of iOS that supports the News+ subscription service and Siri casting capabilities for Apple TV.

Apple never announced iOS 12.2 yesterday. But it was clear during its event yesterday—which included News+, Apple TV Channels, Apple Card, and Apple Arcade—that each of the new services would be tied to some coming release of iOS. And that with most of the services not arriving until the fall—the same timeframe for new iOS and iPhone releases—that most will thus be tied to iOS 13.

The outlier, it appears, is News+. With the release today of iOS 12.2, News+ is now available to iPhone and iPad users, albeit only in the United States and Canada.

“Apple News+ is a new subscription service that extends the Apple News experience with hundreds of magazines and top newspapers,” the release notes for iOS 12.2 explain. “Our editors handpick top articles and magazine issues, and you also get personalized recommendations on the topics most interesting to you. Automatic downloads make it easy to read magazine issues offline.”

iOS 12.2 also includes the ability to use Ask Siri on your iPhone or iPad to cast any video from your device to your Apple TV, four new Animoji (owl, boar, giraffe and shark; on supported devices only), new AirPlay controls for TV in Control Center, new Apple Pay and Wallet capabilities, Screen Time and Safari improvements, support for AirPods 2, and some bug fixes. It even supports AT&T’s silly “5GE” branding on compatible networks.

If you want to update immediately, open Settings on your iPhone or iPad and navigate to General > Software Update.

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Comments (6)

6 responses to “Apple Releases iOS 12.2 with News+ Support”

  1. yoshi

    There was also an update to Apple Music on Android that makes it slightly less horrible. And it added support for Chromebooks too.

  2. mattbg

    This is also the first time that Apple News (+ or not) has been available in Canada. The app was never available before now.

  3. provision l-3

    News+ seems most geared for the iPad. Reading an article on a phone isn't painful but I can't imagine trying to get through an entire magazine. Also, Apple TV Channels and Apple Card are coming out before the fall. The only things being held until later in the year are Arcade and Apple TV+.

  4. lvthunder

    The new TV app is coming out in May. I'm guessing that's going to be 12.3. They said summer for the credit card. I'm guessing 12.4 for that one. The TV+ is in the fall, but that's only a channel in the TV app. The new MacOS will probably be when we see the TV app for the Mac. I wish they would do one for Windows. Maybe next year.

  5. spacein_vader

    Crucially the update also includes fixes to some quite serious bug fixes that shouldn't have to wait for a big product announcement before they're fixed. As it was put elsewhere, MS has Patch Tuesday, Apple has Patch Keynote.

  6. lahuban

    Is this iOS 12.2 supporting AppValley vip without any issues, can any one confirm me this one ??

    Thank You.