iOS 8.2 released by Apple

Last updated: April 13, 2016 

iOS 8.2 released by Apple

iOS 8.2In an event held today in San Francisco that largely focused on new HBO content for Apple TV and iOS devices, a new MacBook notebook, and the impending April 24 availability of Apple Watch, Apple also announced the release of iOS 8.2 to less fanfare.  iOS 8.2 is available for download immediately.  The concurrent release of iOS 8.2 with the Apple Watch announcement was not coincidental.  As one would expect, the latest Apple mobile operating system is wrought with updates pertaining specifically to the new watch, as well as improvements and fixes to the Health-oriented apps that have received a great deal of attention with iPhone 6.  This includes a new focus on medical research apps, known as ResearchKit, that Apple also announced today.  Apple made the first five ResearchKit apps for Asthma, Parkinson’s Disease, Diabetes, Breast Cancer and Cardiovascular Disease, available today in the App Store.  Apple Watch is being marketed heavily on its health-oriented attributes.

In addition to Apple Watch and the health app additions, improvements and fixes, iOS 8.2 includes stability enhancements and other important bug fixes.  It is advisable to always keep your device operating system updated with the latest release.

The list of improvements, additions and fixes that accompanied the iOS 8.2 download in iTunes, including the much maligned GMT bug, follows:

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 distance, body temperature, height, weight 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 graphs showed no data values
  • Adds a privacy setting that enables turning off tracking of steps, distance and flights climbed

Stability enhancements

  • 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

Bug fixes

  • 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 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 recurring meeting to drop from an Exchange calendar
  • Fixes a 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

In the iOS 8.2 update notes, Apple points downloaders to this web site for information about the security content of this update.

Apple launched iOS 8 on September 17, 2014.  The previous update, iOS 8.1.3, occurred on January 27, 2015.  As of March 2, 2015, 75% of Apple devices were using iOS 8, as measured by the App Store.

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