Apple’s iOS 15.2 update: How to download, new features to try and more

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iOS 15.2 brings new Apple Music and privacy features to your iPhone.

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Apple released iOS 15.2 in December, bringing with it a host of updates and new features. This is the first major update to Apple’s iPhone software since iOS 15.1 in October, which brought features like FaceTime SharePlay Y ProRes support to the iPhone. The latest update brings features like Macro Control to the iPhone 13 and a new level of Apple Music for all iPhone users. This is what we have collected so far.

Has iOS 15.2 already been released?

Yes, Apple released the iOS 15.2 update on December 13.

How do I download iOS 15.2?

To download the latest update, go to Settings> General> Software Update and select Download and install. Restart your iPhone once the download is complete to begin the installation, and once your phone restarts, it will be on the latest version of iOS.

App privacy report

The biggest new feature in iOS 15.2 is the App Privacy Report. This report is intended to help users control who has access to their data. If you’ve ever looked at your weekly screen time reports, the App Privacy Report is organized similarly, but instead of telling you how much time you’ve spent in different apps, the report shows what data and sensors each can access. application. network activity for those apps and other privacy-related data.

The latest beta version also changed the wording for iCloud’s private relay settings. The option now appears under Cellular and Wi-Fi Settings as Limit IP address tracking. It is not a functional change, but the new wording should make it clearer what you can opt for.

Apple Music Voice Plan

A surprise addition to iOS 15.2 is the Apple Music Voice Plan, a new subscription level for Apple Music. The voice plan tier cuts the subscription price in half, to $ 5 (£ 5, AU $ 6) per month, but it can only be controlled by speaking to Siri, not manually through the Apple Music app. The spatial audio and lyrics features will not be available, but you will have access to the full Apple Music catalog.

A new feature, called Play it Again, lets you see what you’ve recently played so you don’t Google the chorus of a song you just heard because you don’t know the name of the song.

Apple Music Playlist Search

If you already have Apple Music, iOS 15.2 now allows you to search for a song within a playlist. It’s a bit tricky to find at first: you have to go to a playlist and swipe down from the top of the screen to reveal the search bar over your playlist image.

Communication security settings

After delaying the Controversial Message Settings, Apple released it as part of iOS 15.2. This Messages setting allows parents to enable warnings for children when they receive or send photos that contain nudity. The warnings also show resources to children when they receive these photos. While the intent behind the feature has received strong support, privacy experts believe that the costs of Apple’s methods outweigh the benefits.

Macro control for photos

People with an iPhone 13 Pro or Max can now use the ultra-wide lens on these models to take close-up photos and videos at 15.2. To activate this, go to Settings, then Camera, and in this menu there is a lever marked Macro Control. When on, you should see a flower icon on the screen when taking a photo. Touch the flower icon when close to an object to enter Macro mode.

Greater detail in Apple Maps

Apple Maps will now display road details such as bike lanes, turn lanes, medians, and crosswalks in supported cities.

Find My feature updates

The current iOS also brings an update to Apple’s Find My feature. The change, reported by MacRumors, allows you to use the Find My application to search for “Items that can track me,” identifying nearby items, such as AirTags, which can send location data. You can then choose to disable the tracking feature on any found device.

The update has sparked some controversy because it pulls the Find My feature in two conflicting directions. The update appears to be designed to help people have more control over their privacy by preventing unwanted devices from tracking them. However, it also appears to undermine the function of AirTags by potentially giving thieves the ability to disable tracking of any AirTags on stolen items.

read more: Apple Launches AirTags and Find My Detector App for Android in Effort to Boost Privacy

Parts and Service History

The update also allows you to view the repair history on your iPhone by going to Settings> General> About> Parts and Service History. The new section will detail any services that have been performed at Apple, as well as whether the parts come from Apple or an unknown vendor. However, if you haven’t taken your iPhone in for repair, the feature won’t show up.

Other new features in iOS 15.2

The second version of iOS 15.2 beta added the ability to designate legacy contacts as part of Apple Digital Legacy Program. Designating someone as a legacy contact gives you access to your iCloud account and personal information after your death.

ICloud Plus subscribers can also use Apple’s Hide My Email feature from within the Mail app itself, rather than logging in and out. The full list of updates can be found on Apple’s developer site.


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