Apple publicly releases iOS and iPadOS 15.2, watchOS 8.3, tvOS 15.2, and macOS 12.1

About a month and a half after the arrival of iOS and iPadOS 15.1, watchOS 8.1 and tvOS 15.1, Apple has publicly released iOS and iPadOS 15.2, tvOS 15.2 and watchOS 8.3 (strangely, 8.2 has been skipped). MacOS 12.1 Monterey was also released to the public.

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All updates are available, both in OTA (Over The Air) mode from “Software Update” in “Settings” on iPhone and iPad, and through iTunes. To download it is necessary to be connected to a Wi-Fi network and it is advisable to have at least 50% of residual charge or better, to keep the device connected to the mains during the update. On iPhones and iPad Pro with 5G connectivity, it is also possible to download updates via the cellular network after having previously activated the ability to do so via network settings.

The update to watchOS 8.3 for Apple Watch requires connection to the charger and autonomy of at least 50%. To proceed with the update it is necessary to download it via the “Software Update” section in the General menu of the Watch application. The tvOS update will be done automatically as soon as it is made available on the servers unless manual mode has been selected in the settings. The macOS 12.1 Monterey update can be downloaded and installed directly from the appropriate menu in the system settings.


iOS 15.2 adds Apple Music Voice Plan, a new type of subscription that provides access to music via Siri. This update also includes the App Privacy Report, new child and parental safety features in Messages, and other features and bug fixes for your iPhone.
With iOS 15.2 also came the “Privacy Report for Apps” , a feature that allows users to view app activity in a new section of Settings. The data will start showing once the apps are used. If desired, it is still possible to disable it.

A button has also arrived in the camera app of the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max to manually activate the macro mode if the automatic mode is deactivated. News also with regard to the search for AirTags and the “heir contact” to leave one’s digital heritage.

Communication Safety allows you to automatically obscure images deemed inappropriate by the automatic learning algorithms present directly on the device. Once potentially explicit content has been detected, a message will be displayed in which minors (up to 13 years old) will be notified of sending a message to their parents in case they decide to view it anyway. The messages are different and offer a variety of advice on how to behave. Image control is performed on the device, does not affect end-to-end message encryption, and no indication of potentially explicit photodetection will leave the device. Apple doesn’t have access to Messages. The feature can be enabled by parents and is “opt-in” rather than enabled by default.

Other new features in iOS 15.2:

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

Also fixed several bugs:

  • Siri may become unresponsive while VoiceOver is running and iPhone is locked
  • ProRAW photos may appear overexposed when viewed in third-party photo editing apps
  • HomeKit scenes that include a garage door may not be played by CarPlay when your iPhone is locked
  • CarPlay may not update Now Playing information for some apps
  • Video streaming apps may not load content on iPhone 13 models
  • Calendar events may appear on a wrong day for Microsoft Exchange users


As for watchOS 8.3, here is the changelog:

  • The Apple Music Voice plan gives you access to all Apple Music songs, playlists and stations via Siri.
  • Support for app privacy report, which allows you to monitor access to data and sensors.
  • Fixed an issue where notifications could unexpectedly interrupt Mindfulness sessions for some users.


Finally, here is also the macOS Monterey 12.1 changelog

macOS Monterey 12.1 adds SharePlay, a whole new way to share experiences with family and friends in FaceTime. This update also includes the Apple Music Voice Plan, new child and parent safety features in Messages, Redesigned Memories in Photos, and other features. In Photos, memories have been redesigned with a new interactive interface, new animation and transition styles, and multiple image collages.

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