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Apple releases iOS 12 developer beta 10 and public beta 9; final launch next month

Apple iOS 12 promises performance improvements and new features even for older devices.

  • Published: August 24, 2018 11:44 AM IST

Apple has released an updated build of iOS 12, three days after the release of developer beta. The iOS 12 developer beta 10 is now available alongside the iOS 12 public beta 9. The update is seen as last beta release ahead of the commercial rollout sometime next month.

According to ZDNet, the update was just short of 70MB in size, and the version being released now is the pre-GM version. The new iOS 12 is a big update, and it focuses on strengthening the fundamentals of the operating system instead of releasing major features. It includes performance improvements especially for older devices, and introduced refined search and sharing experience within Photos app. The update also gives developers and third-party applications more access to Siri.

With iOS 12, Apple users will be able to create custom Siri Shortcuts based on their workflow. One of the biggest features being introduced with iOS 12 is ARKit 2.0, which brings shared experiences. With ARKit and shared experiences, Apple users will be able to play multiplayer games in augmented reality on their iPhones and iPads. The software also brings feature enhancements to Stocks, Voice Memos, Apple Books and Apple News apps, and Memoji feature can be used within iMessage.

With iOS 12, Apple also announced Group FaceTime with support for up to 32 participants. However, the recent beta update revealed that the feature may not be available at the time of launch. It is now expected to be released at a later stage. Apple is also introducing a new feature called Screen Time that tells you the amount of time you spend looking at the screen.

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The Screen Time also tells you time spent using individual apps, and across categories like entertainment, productivity and others. It includes support for sharing Memoji in Messages, and gives more controls for managing notifications. The Do Not Disturb app has also been updated for better management features.

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  • Published Date: August 24, 2018 11:44 AM IST