Apple seeds iOS 15.2 and iPadOS 15.2 release candidates

Apple has released release candidate builds for iOS 15.2 and iPadOS 15.2 to developers and public beta testers. The update includes new features such as Apple Music Voice Plan, App Privacy Report, Messages Communication Safety for kids, Digital Legacy for Apple ID, macro photo control for iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max, TV app design update, and much more.

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December 10: Apple has released iOS 15.2 RC 2 just for iPhone 13 models.

What’s new in iOS 15.2 RC and iPadOS 15.2 RC?

Apple released four beta builds of iOS 15.2 and iPadOS 15.2 to developers and public beta testers before this release candidate build. This update features the recently announced Apple Music Voice Plan, alongside a number of iOS 15 features that were previously announced but delayed: App Privacy Report, Communication Safety in Messages, Digital Legacy for Apple ID, Hide My Email for iCloud+, and more.

This update also features a few enhancements for the TV app, CarPlay, macro photo control for iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max, and improvements to Stocks, Reminders, and Notes apps. Find My app can also locate iPhone for up to five hours when in Power Reserve mode. Although not mentioned in the release notes, iOS 15.2 also features a redesigned notification summary on lock screen, and removes iPhone 13 third-party screen replacement barriers.

Here are the complete release notes from Apple:

iOS 15.2 adds Apple Music Voice Plan, a new subscription tier that provides access to music using Siri. This update also includes the App Privacy Report, new safety features for children and parents in Messages, and other features and bug fixes for your iPhone.

Apple Music Voice Plan

  • Apple Music Voice Plan is a new subscription tier that gives you access to all songs, playlists, and stations in Apple Music using Siri
  • Just Ask Siri suggests music based on your listening history and likes or dislikes
  • Play it Again lets you access a list of your recently played music

Privacy

  • App Privacy Report in Settings lets you see how often apps have accessed your location, photos, camera, microphone, contacts and more during the last seven days, as well as their network activity

Messages

  • Communication safety setting gives parents the ability to enable warnings for children when they receive or send photos that contain nudity
  • Safety warnings contain helpful resources for children when they receive photos that contain nudity

Siri and Search

  • Expanded guidance in Siri, Spotlight and Safari Search to help children and parents stay safe online and get help with unsafe situations

Apple ID

  • Digital Legacy allows you to designate people as Legacy Contacts so they can access your iCloud account and personal information in the event of your death

Camera

  • Macro photo control for switching to the Ultra Wide lens to capture macro photos and videos can be enabled in Settings on iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max

TV app

  • Store tab lets you browse, buy, and rent movies and TV Shows all in one place

CarPlay

  • Enhanced city map in Apple Maps with road details like turn lanes, medians, bike lanes, and pedestrian crosswalks for supported cities

This release also includes the following enhancements for your iPhone:

  • Hide My Email is available in the Mail app for iCloud+ subscribers to create unique, random email addresses
  • Find My can locate iPhone for up to five hours when in Power Reserve
  • Stocks allows you to view the currency for a ticker and see year-to-date performance when viewing charts
  • Reminders and Notes now allow you to delete or rename tags

This release also includes bug fixes for your iPhone:

  • Siri may not respond while VoiceOver is running and iPhone is locked
  • ProRAW photos may appear overexposed when viewing in third-party photo editing apps
  • HomeKit scenes that include a garage door may not run from CarPlay when your iPhone is locked
  • CarPlay may not update Now Playing information for certain apps
  • Video streaming apps may not load content on iPhone 13 models
  • Calendar events may appear on the wrong day for Microsoft Exchange users

Which devices support iOS 15.1 and iPadOS 15.1 RC?

  • iPhone 6s and later
  • iPad Pro (all models)
  • iPad Air 2 and later
  • iPad 5th generation and later
  • iPad mini 4 and later
  • iPod touch (7th generation)
  • iPad Pro (all models)
  • iPad Air 2 and later
  • iPad 5th generation and later
  • iPad mini 4 and later

How to upgrade to iOS 15.2 RC and iPadOS 15.2 RC?

If your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch was already enrolled in the beta program, simply go to Settings > General > Software Update to download the release candidate. Otherwise, you would need to register with Apple Developer Center for $99/year to enroll your device. As the RC build is out, the final version for the general public should be out in just a few days.

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