Apple continues its trend focusing purely on the beta releases for iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS but all of the focus right now is on iOS developers that will give testers on both beta 6 and beta 7 an upgrade path.
After subsequently pulled iOS 12 beta 7 just before developers of Apple’s iPhone and iPad software began to report extremely poor performance once the update was installed. Others noted that the performance did improve as time moved on, Apple took the decision to completely remove the update altogether, preventing anyone from downloading it.
That decision has now been on the cards with iOS 12 beta 8 released via the developer beta program.
With the latest release of iOS 12 to the public set towards the end of September, we are just weeks away from the update to be in a position where it is considered stable enough for prime time. If the developer beta 7 debacle is anything to go by then there are still some issues to be rectified, although unless Apple confirms exactly what happened there we will never know whether the bug in iOS 12 beta 7 or something else critical such as debugging being turned up to 11. We hope, we will get the answer soon.
Apple is releasing the update alongside a new public beta 6 version then we can be confident that this particular issue is resolved.
Anyone running the iOS 12 betas, either it could be a developer beta or the public program, shares bugs and issues with Apple via the Radar process. Apple cannot fix bugs if it doesn’t know about them, so do us all a solid and share anything you come across first.
With that being said, let’s hope we can make it launch day without any more show-stopping bugs.
Below is everything that’s new with iOS 12 beta 8:
- Measure app icon has been tweaked
- Group FaceTime feature has been removed and delayed from the final release of iOS 12 and macOS Mojave
- New welcome screen in the Messages app
- New welcome screen for the gestures on iPad
You can grab iOS 12 beta 8 OTA update from Settings > General > Software Update section of the device itself, and for direct download as an IPSW file from developer.apple.com.