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iOS 12.2: five things you need to know

Apple has released iOS 12.2 to developers, its latest major boost to software it first released in September last year.

It comes with some tweaks that look set to refine the iOS experience, without making it unrecognisable.

If you’ve got an iPhone or iPad, read on and we’ll tell you five things you need to know about iOS 12.2.

1 AirPods 2 Siri plans revealed

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Perhaps the biggest news to emerge from iOS 12.2’s release hasn’t actually been announced by Apple.

The sharp–eyed Apple-watchers at 9to5mac discovered a secret notification explaining how to set up ‘Hey Siri’ voice activation on an unreleased pair of new AirPods.

AirPods 2 have been rumoured for months, but now seem closer than ever to release.

This new feature will allow users to say ‘Hey Siri’ and access their iPhone or iPad without taking it out of their bag or pocket.

2 Air Quality figures in Maps

Smog iOS 12.2 Air Quality

This might seem niche, but it’s savvy move from Apple. Its updated Maps app now appears to have an icon that shows the air quality in any given area.

Considering concerns about major cities’ pollution has been in the news lately, this could be a handy feature for those with breathing difficulties or those worried about the effects of poor air on their health.

3 Changes to Siri UI

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Cuing up new tunes in Siri has always been a breeze, although until now the UI has been a touch clunky.

It seems Apple has changed this with iOS 12.2, with a simplified look that matches the rest of iOS.

4 Apple News Premium teased

Apple News IOS 12

Little is known about this new, paid-for platform, but various Apple fan sites say they’ve discovered mention of it within iOS 12.2.

More is likely to emerge in the coming days about what Apple has up its sleeve, as developers delve deeper into new code.

But with iPad magazines no longer a big deal, a premium take on Apple News could be a handy way for Apple to make money and for it to counter issues with news quality on social media services.

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5 Bug fixes

As ever, Apple says that its latest iOS update comes with a host of bug fixes.

While it’s not clear what these are at this early stage, it should mean that iOS runs match faster and smoother for most when iOS 12.2 hits devices.

That should happen next month, all being well.

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