Apple Rolls Out iOS 9.2 with Improvements to Safari View Controller
Only three months after the release of Apple’s iOS 9.0, the company today released its second major update to the mobile operating system. The iOS 9.2 update includes improvements to Safari, Music, iBooks and more. One fix promises to remedy the issue that prevented some manual iCloud Backups from being completed.
iOS 9.2 had been in testing since late October after being seeded to developers and public beta testers one week after the launch of iOS 9.1. The update is available as an over-the-air update to all iOS 9 users, and is actually the fourth update to iOS 9.
Also, Apple confirmed that the new update should prevent iPad Pros from becoming unresponsive after charging. A number of early iPad Pro owners had complained that the 12.9-inch tablet wouldn’t work after charging, requiring a hard restart to restore functionality. That issue had affected both the 32 GB and 128 GB iPad Pro tablets running iOS 9.1, both in Wi-Fi and LTE configurations.
iOS 9.2 also changed how the Safari View Controller works within third-party apps. Now, the Safari View Controller supports third-party Action Extensions, giving access to apps like 1Password in the Safari view of other apps like Tweetbot.
The Safari View Controller now supports a long-tap on the Reload button to reload content without content blockers. It also supports the request desktop site function and lets users swipe the Safari window off the screen. iOS 9.2 also includes support for AT&T's NumberSync Wi-Fi calling feature, letting AT&T users accept calls on any device.
Other enhancements to the new version of iOS 9 include:
Apple’s News app now has a Top Stories section, which users can add to their Favorites when updating to iOS 9.2. Users with numerous categories in their Favorites will have to scroll down until they see a section called News Top Stories.
Mail Drop lets users send large file attachments by storing the files in iCloud instead of directly attaching them to e-mail messages. The files do not count against users’ iCloud storage quotas, but the attachments stored in iCloud expire after 30 days.
iBooks now lets users of iPhone 6s or 6s Plus use 3D Touch to peek and pop out pages from the table of contents of books. The iBook app also allows users to listen to audiobooks while browsing their libraries, shopping in the iBooks store or reading.
iOS 9.2 lets users connect Apple’s Lightning-to-USB Camera Adapter directly to digital cameras to import photos.
The Music app now lets users create playlists when adding just one song. Also, users' most recently changed playlists are displayed at the top when adding new songs to playlists, making the assembly of playlists easier and faster. Albums and playlists can be downloaded from users’ iCloud Music libraries, but custom playlists created on their devices require Apple’s paid iTunes Match service if users want to upload playlists to their iCloud Music libraries.