Apple rolls out fourth developer betas of iOS 12.2, macOS 10.14.4, tvOS 12.2, watchOS 5.2 [u]
Apple has rolled on to its fourth generation of builds for the current round of betas, with new versions of iOS 12.2, tvOS 12.2, watchOS 5.2, and macOS 10.14.4 available for testing by developer beta participants.
Those enrolled into the developer beta program can acquire the latest builds via the Apple Developer Center, or for devices already enrolled into the scheme, as an over-the-air update. Participants in the Apple Beta Software Program can usually expect the public beta counterparts within a day or two of the developer variants.
The fourth beta of macOS 10.14.4, build 18E205e, is up from the third build number of 18E194d. The fourth iOS 12.2 beta, 16E5212f, replaces the third beta build, 16E5210e. The fourth watchOS 5.2 beta, number 16T5212e, increments from the third beta 16T5201c. Lastly, the fourth build of tvOS 12.2, 16L5212e, takes over from 16L5201d, the third build.
So far, the macOS betas have introduced changes including Apple News in Canada and support for Safari AutoFill on Macs with Touch ID. Most of the observable changes have been on iOS.
In the first and second iOS betas, Apple introduced four new Animoji characters, changes to Control Center and the lock screen, a redesigned Apple TV remote, alterations to the Wallet App, and TV support in HomeKit. The third beta saw more changes to the remote widget in Control Center, more UI tweaks to News and the Wallet, and for beta users, Group FaceTime was re-enabled following a public patch release.
AppleInsider, and Apple itself, strongly suggest users avoid installing betas on to "mission-critical" or primary devices, due to the small possibility for data loss or other problems. It is instead recommended to install betas onto secondary or non-essential devices, and to ensure there are backups of important data available in the event things go awry.
Update: Public beta versions of iOS 12.2, macOS 10.14.4 and tvOS 12.2 are now available.