Apple seeds first iOS 9.2 beta to developers

Apple has released the first beta for iOS 9.2. The beta, which is accessible via Apple’s developer center, comes in at build 13C5055d.

Unlike some of Apple’s more recent beta releases, iOS 9.2 beta 1 includes iOS SDK Release Notes! This beta release is focused primarily on the new iOS 9 technology, Safari View Controller, making it more like standalone Safari. Check out the rest of this post to see what the new beta includes.

Based on the release notes, iOS 9.2 includes several bug fixes and enhancements related to Safari View Controller. Third-party Action Extensions will now work with the Safari View Controller, which is the new window that opens up when you click on a link in some apps.
SFSafariViewController now supports 3rd party Action Extensions. Any Action Extension that
works in Safari will also work in SFSafariViewController.
• Long tapping the Reload button in Safari View Controller now gives options to Reload Without
Content Blockers and Request Desktop Site, like in Safari.
• iOS 9.2 Beta 1 resolves an issue where WebApps saved to the home screen would not respect the
apple-mobile-web-app-status-bar-style meta tag.
For the end user, Safari View Controller brings about numerous benefits, including being able to access already saved logins, access iCloud Keychain, and autofill items. It’s basically a mini-Safari browser that you can call directly from any app that supports it.

In iOS 9.2 beta 1, Safari View Controller is now more closely aligned with Safari proper. It can now access the reload menu to reload pages without content blockers, and request the desktop version of websites. Perhaps even more important, is the new ability to access 3rd party extensions via Safari View Controller web pages. 

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