Apple has officially released the first public beta of iOS 12, giving non-developers an opportunity to test the software ahead of its general release later this fall. The first public beta of iOS 12 follows the release of second developer beta last week. Apple had announced iOS 12 as the next iteration of its mobile operating system at company’s annual developer conference WWDC early this month.
The public beta will be pushed via an OTA update to those who have signed up for Apple’s beta testing program. In order to join the beta testing group, owners of eligible iPhones can install proper certificate on their iOS device from Apple’s beta testing website. The sign-up program gives users access to beta version of iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS on supported devices.
Before installing the public beta, it is recommended that you create a fully encrypted backup of your data using iTunes. Alternately, you can also backup all of your data to iCloud, Apple’s own cloud service, which gives 5GB of free storage. It is also recommended that you install the beta update on your secondary iOS device and not on primary since the beta software will not be as stable as the general release and will definitely have bugs.
iOS 12 is a significant update to Apple’s iOS, one that focuses on performance as opposed to new features. In the past few months, the quality of Apple’s software has deteriorated despite its huge install base. With iOS 12, Apple has done a lot of work in the background to fix those issues. In terms of feature enhancements, the update brings support for group FaceTime, shared AR experience, new Animoji, and a Memoji feature that will allow you to create a personalized version of your Animoji.
Within FaceTime and Messages app, you can now use Animoji, stickers and text. There is also a new Screen Time feature that will show the exact amount of time spent by you using a particular app. The update also brings new Do Not Disturb features that make it easier to manage notifications. However, one of the biggest new features is group notifications where notifications from the same app are bundled together for a seamless experience.
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With iOS 12, Apple is also improving Siri with new feature called Shortcuts that allows the digital assistant to work with any app. Apple claims iOS 12 is faster and more responsive than iOS 11 and apps like camera launch up to 70 percent faster.