First Betas of iOS 15.2 & iPadOS 15.2 Released for Testing
The final release of iOS 15.1 and ipadOS 15.1 is barely out of the oven, but Apple is already moving forward with beta testing iOS 15.2 and iPadOS 15.2.
The first betas of iOS 15.2 and iPadOS 15.2 include an App Privacy Report feature, which lets you see what data apps are sharing, as well as determining app access to location, camera, microphone, photos and contacts. There are also some changes to the Emergency SOS feature, and likely other smaller refinements and bug fixes will be included as well.
Some initial reports suggest betas of iOS 15.2 and iPadOS 15.2 also include some of the controversial surveillance features that Apple planned to introduce with iOS 15 but temporarily delayed prior the iPhone 13 launch, with features like scanning messages, photos, and other device data for illegal content and then reporting it automatically to parents and/or authorities when detected. MacRumors is covering more on the “Communication Safety” features of iOS 15.2 beta for those interested.
Users who are involved in the beta testing programs can find iOS 15.2 beta 1 and iPadOS 15.2 beta 1 in the Settings app > General > Software Update
Separately watchOS 8.3 beta 1 and tvOS 15.2 beta 1 are also available for users testing beta system software on Apple Watch and Apple TV, respectively.
A beta for macOS Monterey 12.1 is not yet available, but will likely come sometime in the not-so-distant future as well.