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What’s New with iOS

There have been some welcome improvements in iOS 12 since the version 1.1 update of Take Control of iOS 12, but none that warrant a new edition of the book just yet.

iOS 12.1.1, released in December 2018, made it so that you no longer have to press the ellipsis button to swap cameras during a FaceTime call. It also allows for Live Photo capture during FaceTime calls. To learn more, see the TidBITS article Apple Releases iOS 12.1.1, macOS 10.14.2, and tvOS 12.1.1.

iOS 12.2, released in March 2019, included a number of substantial changes, such as:

  • The new Apple News+ service, which offers a variety of publications for $9.99 per month. See the TidBITS article Apple News+ Debuts With Magazines, Newspapers, and Web Sites.
  • The capability to control an Apple TV via iOS Siri using commands like “Pause the bedroom Apple TV.”
  • Customizable Downtime schedules in Screen Time.
  • You can now customize Safari’s Smart Search suggestions.
  • AirPlay has been improved to play more nicely with multitasking.
  • When AirPlaying content from iOS to an Apple TV, playback controls show in Control Center and on the Lock screen.
  • The Apple TV Control Center icon now looks like a Siri Remote instead of showing the Apple TV logo.

For more, see the TidBITS article iOS 12.2 and macOS 10.14.4 Add Apple News+ and Enhance Apps.