This week Apple has launched their newest iOS 8.2, and it is the biggest upgrade thus far. Here we breakdown everything that comes with the new iOS update and what it includes.
The update includes a mandatory app that brings compatibility with the Apple Watch which goes on sale this April. If you want one, you have no choice but to upgrade to the newest iOS.
The new iOS 8.2 also comes with a number of changes to the HeathKit. It is now possible to add and visualize the workout data from third party apps, turn off motion tracking, and switch between metric and imperial measurements.
The new iOS 8.2 has additional fixes on the HealthKit platform that addresses bugs when refreshing and importing data, as well as when adding Medical ID images. There have also been some fixes to the GMT bug which switched the calendar entries to the GMT time zone. This caused chaos with scheduling, alarms, and reminders. This should no longer be an issue with the new update. The Bluetooth bugs are supposed to be much quicker and the calling issues are supposed to be completely resolved. The Maps, Mail, and Music apps have gotten a stability upgrade. Notably, Apple Maps includes a 3D Flyover feature. Apple breaks down the full list of features and updates for the new iOS 8.2.
Apple Watch support
- New Apple Watch app to pair and sync with iPhone, and to customize Watch settings
- New Activity App for viewing fitness data and achievements from Apple Watch; appears when Apple Watch is paired
- Available on iPhone 5 and later
Health App improvements
- Adds the ability to select the unit of measurement for body temperature, weight, height, distance, and blood glucose
- Improves stability when dealing with large amounts of data
- Includes the ability to add and visualize workout sessions from 3rd-party apps
- Addresses an issue that may have prevented users from adding a photo in Medical ID
- Fixes units for vitamins and minerals
- Fixes an issue where Health data wouldn’t refresh after changing data source order
- Fixes an issue where some graphics showed no data values
- Adds a privacy setting that enables turning off tracking of steps, distance, and flights climbed
- Increases stability of Mail
- Improves stability of Flyover in Maps
- Improves stability of Music
- Improves VoiceOver reliability
- Improves connectivity with Made for iPhone Hearing Aids
- Fixes an issue in Maps that prevented navigating to some favorite locations
- Addresses an issue where the last word in a quick reply message wasn’t autocorrected
- Fixes an issue where duplicate iTunes purchased content could prevent iCloud restore from completing
- Resolves an issue where some music or playlists didn’t sync from iTunes to the Music app
- Fixes an issue where deleted audiobooks sometimes remained on the device
- Resolves an issue that could prevent call audio from routing to car speakers while using Siri Eyes Free
- Fixes a Bluetooth calling issue where no audio is heard until the call is answered
- Fixes a timezone issue where Calendar events appear in GMT
- Addresses an issue that caused certain events in a custom reoccurring meeting to drop from Exchange calendar
- Fixes an certificate error that prevented configuring an Exchange account behind a third-party gateway
- Fixes an issue that could cause an organizer’s Exchange meeting notes to be overwritten
- Resolves an issue that prevented some Calendar events from automatically showing as “busy” after accepting an invite.