As is to be expected, Apple has reportedly seeded the “Golden Master” build of iOS 8.2 to both its employees and carrier partners in an attempt to gather final feedback on the software before it goes public – next Monday.
This Golden Master build is not currently available to registered developers, and is said to carry the build number “12D508.”
BGR shares the release notes for the software build, which, (despite Apple’s best efforts), have seemingly “leaked” prior to the company’s anticipated media event set to be held next week.
With the Apple Watch reportedly on schedule to ship sometime in April, and Apple’s “Spring Forward” event expected to focus heavily on the device and its final features, it’s no surprise then that iOS 8.2 GM also has its main focus on improving Apple’s official ‘Health’ app offering – an app likely to become indispensable to those users of Apple’s wearable fitness tracker.
Specific improvements to Health in this version, include:
– 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 visualise 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 changes 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
Other changes focus more on the overall stability that this new version of software will bring to end users, and includes the increasing of the stability of Mail, Flyover in Maps, Music and VoiceOver reliability.
There are (of course) also a ton of bug fixes set to be thrown in with this update.
While Apple has, in the past, waited to seed any “Golden Master” build to its community of registered developers – first, it appears that the firm is taking a different tack here – at least initially, anyway, choosing instead to seed this new build to employees internally.
Look out for the software hitting the wires Monday, March 9 – says BGR.