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Apple iOS 15.2 has been in public beta for weeks now. It really can’t be far off now. My guess is it will land this Tuesday, December 14, though it could pop up before or even after then, you never know with Apple.
In it, there’s going to be a wide variety of new features, from gentle redesigns to seriously important features. Here’s a run-down of 10 of the best ones.
The 10 Best Things About iOS 15.2
1 Apple Music Voice Plan
This is something that was announced previously, but will reach implementation with iOS 15.2. It’s a lower-priced Apple Music subscription, though not free. Apple Music has never mimicked Spotify’s free tier. It’s half the regular price, $4.99 a month instead of the regular $9.99 price. So, what’s the catch?
Well, the way you use Apple Music Voice Plan is different because you can only use it via Siri—hence the voice in the name. This, of course, is a significant bonus for many, especially when you’re playing music on a HomePod or HomePod mini, for instance. But it is still on the iPhone and iPad, too. Other features of the plan include an option to Play It Again which lets you easily access a list of recently played music.
2 Legacy Contacts
You may not have this top of your list of priorities, but maybe it should be. When a loved one dies, you’ll probably be unable to unlock their iPhone, store for all those precious photos and other memories. Apple has previously sought to respect the privacy of the person who has died, and refused to unlock an iPhone for anyone.
With Legacy Contacts, you can identify up to five people who…