Apple releases first iOS 12 public beta for anyone to try

Isaac Cain
June 26, 2018

Public testers can now get their hands on the first public beta builds of iOS 12 and tvOS 12 that bring tons of UI changes and feature improvements to the iPhone, iPad and Apple TV.

It was originally released as a developer test version, but is now available for the general public to try before its full release in September. In terms of performance, Apple said that iOS 12 will be doubling down with apps launching twice as fast, and throttling CPU to the max when needed. iOS 12 will also load apps up to 40% faster on older devices like iPhone 6 Plus.

Apple typically tests out new iOS public beta updates for just under three months, leading up to the final version at new iPhone launch events.

A word of warning: downloading the iOS 12 beta means taking a big risk that many things on your smartphone will stop working. While iOS 12 does have a lot of new features to play with, just be mindful of software bugs. There are also updates to the Stocks app, Siri, Augmented Reality (AR), and iMessage.

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Again though, it's a beta, and you should proceed with caution. If that's the case, then you should know you can still get back to iOS 11.4 without losing any data. This is however available only for the iPhone X. More features available include Apple's screen time, and new notifications. Apple's iOS public betas, as well as all subsequent updates, are automatically pushed to your device over the air. Reboot your device, then head over to the Settings app.

When will Apple push the button and introduce the next pre-release seed of iOS 12? Apple's also revamped the social side of photos, and will make suggestions about people you may want to send your snapshots to, based on who's in the pictures. You can also set your own shortcuts through Apple's new "Workflow" app, so that Siri can take care of several tasks for you with a single command.

So, what exactly do iPhone owners have to look forward to?

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