On Wednesday, after rolling out the latest version of iOS 8 – iOS 8.1.2 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, Apple has started seeding developer with iOS 8.2 Beta 2. Download links have just went live over at Apple’s iOS Dev Center.
Apple has released iOS 8.2 beta 2 nearly 3 weeks after the first beta of iOS 8.2 was rolld out. Full details, along with changelog can be found below. The beta, build 12D445d, is available immediately to registered developers as an over-the-air update and it can also be downloaded from the iOS Developer Center.
This beta version of iOS 8.2 contains bug fixes and improvements.
Here are the direct download links to the firmware (Note that you need to be a registered iOS developer to download these files):
- iPad Air 2 (Model A1566)
- iPad Air 2 (Model A1567)
- iPad mini 3 (Model A1599)
- iPad mini 3 (Model A1600)
- iPad mini 3 (Model A1601)
- iPad Air (Model A1474)
- iPad Air (Model A1475)
- iPad Air (Model A1476)
- iPad mini 2 (Model A1489)
- iPad mini 2 (Model A1490)
- iPad mini 2 (Model A1491)
- iPad (4th generation Model A1458)
- iPad (4th generation Model A1459)
- iPad (4th generation Model A1460)
- iPad mini (Model A1432)
- iPad mini (Model A1454)
- iPad mini (Model A1455)
- iPad Wi-Fi (3rd generation)
- iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (model for ATT)
- iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (model for Verizon)
- iPad 2 Wi-Fi (Rev A)
- iPad 2 Wi-Fi
- iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G (GSM)
- iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G (CDMA)
- iPhone 6
- iPhone 6 Plus
- iPhone 5s (Model A1453, A1533)
- iPhone 5s (Model A1457, A1518, A1528, A1530)
- iPhone 5c (Model A1456, A1532)
- iPhone 5c (Model A1507, A1516, A1526, A1529)
- iPhone 5 (Model A1428)
- iPhone 5 (Model A1429)
- iPhone 4s
The Cupertino however took a surprising step of releasing iOS 8.1.2 earlier this week to amend an issue relating to purchased ringtones via iTunes, which were mysteriously disappearing from devices.
Although the iOS 8.1.2 update includes a myriad of bug fixes as always, but nevertheless didn’t plug the exploits that have allowed team TaiG to offer untethered jailbreak for iPhones, iPads and iPod touches running iOS 8.1.1, and lower. Jailbreak tool has been swiftly updated to version 1.2.0 allowing iOS 8.1.2 users to do likewise.
The sate of a possible jailbreak on iOS 8.2 is still unknown, and will probably remain so until the final software is deemed ready for prime time. TaiG has already in work with iOS 8.2 jailbreak, suggesting that an immediate jailbreak is a realistic prospect, but with Apple being aware of the Kernel exploits within iOS 8.1.1 and indeed, 8.1.2. The Mac maker can patch the jailbreak scene anytime soon.
The second beta iOS version 8.2 although brings additional support for the new WatchKit SDK and fixing a number of issues related to international languages. Which allows developers to adapt their apps for the upcoming Apple Watch. The WatchKit API itself has also undergone multiple changes and now that Siri supports Singapore English.
Developers are also cautioned that this may case display issues with apps that use non-standard UI elements, so they must take care to use built-in iOS type tools like Dynamic Type to avoid problems.
If you’re subbed to the Developer Program ? iOS 8.2 beta 2 is available now as over-the-air or you can download and install it via Apple Developer Center. Alongside the newly released Xcode 6.2 beta 2.
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