Apple temporarily retracts iOS 12 beta OTA update 7 hours after release

Developers can still download IPSW files and flash them manually

  • Published: August 14, 2018 12:58 PM IST

Apple recently released iOS 12 beta 7 for all the device enrolled in the developer program. However, it seems that the update was buggy (even for a beta release), as numerous testers complained of sluggish performance and several other issues after updating to the beta version.

As a result, the company has temporarily pulled iOS 12 beta 7 from its upgrade servers. It seems that only the OTA update has been taken back, as developers are still able to download IPSW files from Apple’s Developer Program website and flash them manually to devices.

Some of the issues with iOS 12 beta 7 reported by testers included delayed app launches, slow animations, non-functional lock screen, and issues with Notification Center items.

It’s unclear when Apple will re-release the beta after patching the above-mentioned bugs.

Carrying build number 16A5354, iOS 12 beta 7 mostly included performance improvements and bug fixes. The release accompanying the update, however, mentioned that that iOS 12’s ‘Group FaceTime’ feature, which allows a FaceTime call to have up to 32 participants, won’t be ready in time for launch.

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According to Apple, the feature “has been removed from the initial release of iOS 12 and will ship in a future software update later this fall.”

The final build of iOS 12 is set to arrive sometime in September this year, along with the trio of new iPhones. The yet-to-be-launched smartphones have been subject to countless leaks and rumors so far, some of which have hinted that the Cupertino-based technology giant will launch two iPhones with OLED panels, and a third affordable iPhone with a regular LCD panel.

  • Published Date: August 14, 2018 12:58 PM IST