Apple has released iOS 12 beta 4 for developers on its program. The availability of fourth pre-release seed of iOS 12 should be common knowledge for anyone who has even the vaguest interest in smartphones and accompanying platforms.
So, you are now aware that it’s available and ready to test. As Apple has also issued a set of new release notes designed to inform developers and testers of exactly what has changed, what’s ready to test, and obviously, what is still broken.
Registered developers can download the new iOS 12 beta from Apple’s Developer Center or get the over-the-air (OTA) update after installing the proper certificate. iOS 12 introduces major updates to the iOS operating system, with Apple revamping the system from top to bottom to make iPhones and iPads, especially older models, faster and more responsive.
First and foremost. On the iPhone X, there are new Animoji characters along with “Memoji,” which actually are customizable, personalized Animoji that can also be used both in Messages and in FaceTime. Both Messages and FaceTime has gained fun new camera effects, and Group FaceTime support that allows for calls up to 32 people.
Next to speak about Siri in iOS 12 is smarter with a new Shortcuts feature that lets you create custom automation using first and third-party apps (can be activated with Siri). With Shortcuts able to created with the beta version of the Shortcuts app that was introduced earlier in July.
Apple has also built a comprehensive set of time management and monitoring tools into iOS 12 with Screen Time, allowing you to keep track of just how much time you’re spending on your device. App limits can also help you cut back on iOS device usage, and robust parental controls are included for families.
Most device owners will simply see that there is an update available, download it to the device. Once when you use it to try and find out what new features or functionality have been added. Developers, on the other hand, generally focuses on a different path and take note of every piece of info that Apple offers with each release.
Apple will be making significant changes in order to try and streamline the software and to get it one step closer to an official public launch later this year. To ensure that iOS 12 is as perfect as it possibly can be for all supported iPhones and iPad devices when it’s released into the market in September.
Just updated that “Do Not Disturb” options make turning off notifications and distractions easier than ever, and a new Do Not Disturb at Bedtime feature cuts down on nighttime interruptions.
Another new feature iOS 12 beta 4 release notes suggest is the Group Notifications, which make incoming notifications easier to view and manage. While a new Instant Tuning feature lets you tweak your notification settings right on the Lock screen on a notification-by-notification basis.
Apple News in iOS 12 gets a new Browse feature, the Stocks app has been redesigned, iBooks has been overhauled with a new look and a new name – Apple Books. Voice Memos has been revamped with iCloud support and an iPad App.
In iOS 12, ARKit 2.0 introduces new capabilities like shared experiences that let two people see the same AR environment on separate devices, and persistence, which allows AR experiences to be saved across multiple sessions. There’s still a new Message app for measuring objects using AR capabilities.
A revamped and rebuilt Maps app in iOS 12 includes many features, that uses a new Apple-designed Maps engine that will display foliage, pools, buildings, pedestrian pathways, and other map elements more accurately. The Maps also includes significant improvements to traffic, real-time road conditions, construction, and more, plus it will also enable Apple to push out changes and fixes more quickly.
Tons of other small tweaks and features have been added to iOS 12, so make sure to check out a dedicated roundup for additional detail on what’s new in iOS 12.
iOS 12 is available for developers and public beta testers, with a public launch planned for the fall alongside new iPhones.
Update x1: Screen Time usage data and settings may not sync between devices, with Apple recommending a restart to fix the issue. Siri Shortcuts may not work while using CarPlay, could result in an error message on HomePod, may not be restored from iCloud Backup, may not work if a device is locked, and SiriKit queries could be delayed or result in an error message. You can find the full Apple changelog below:
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