Beta 2 of iOS 15.2, iPadOS 15.2, and macOS Monterey 12.1 Released for Testing
Apple has released the second beta versions of iOS 15.2, iPadOS 15.2, and macOS Monterey 12.1 for users involved in the beta testing programs for Apple system software.
Developer betas typically roll out first and are soon followed by the same build for public beta testers.
The latest beta builds of iOS and iPadOS 15.2 include some new features, including an App Privacy Report that shows what data apps are sharing, a Legacy Contact feature to allows you to set a contact that can access your account if you die, a child safety feature of Family Sharing that automatically blurs nude photos found in Messages, a feature to scan for nearby unknown AirTags, and an easy to access Hide My Email option in the Mail app. It’s unclear if the more controversial surveillance features will appear in iOS 15.2 and iPadOS 15.2.
iPhone and iPad beta testers can find the latest beta releases available in Settings > General > Software Update.
On the Mac side, macOS Monterey 12.1 beta includes a few new features as well, including SharePlay screen sharing and media sharing with FaceTime, a Hide My Email option in the Mail app composition window. The much-desired Universal Control feature is yet to make an appearance, however.
Mac beta testers can find the latest beta release for Monterey in System Preferences > Software Update.
Separately, watchOS 8.3 beta 2 and tvOS 15.2 beta 3 are also available for users testing system software for Apple Watch and Apple TV, respectively.
The most recent final stable builds of system software across the Apple product line are currently iOS 15.1 and ipadOS 15.1 for iPhone and iPad, and macOS Monterey 12.0.1 for Mac, WatchOS 8.2 for Apple Watch, and tvOS 15.1 for Apple TV.
Apple usually goes through several beta versions before issuing final builds to the general public, suggesting the final releases of iOS 15.2, iPadOS 15.2, and macOS Monterey 12.1 are still weeks if not months out.