After launching the iOS 12 Developers Beta, Apple has now rolled out the iOS 12 Public Beta. This new build of the latest operating system for Apple mobile devices, iPads and iPods will be up for installation on devices running iOS 11. The eligible devices will include iPhone 5s and later models, all iPad Air and iPad Pro models, iPad fifth generation and later models, iPad mini 2 and later models, and the iPod touch the sixth generation. Also, this is unlike the Developer Beta for which the users would have to pay an annual subscription cost of $99 (approx. Rs 6,750) to get their hands on an active developer account. This iOS 12 public beta, on the other hand, is free for all the users who are using the above mentioned devices.
The new iOS 12 is perhaps the most awaited software launch Apple is doing this year. Given that fact, the Cupertino giant is surely expected to ship in new features. Some notable features in the iOS 12 include Siri Shortcuts, Group FaceTime, and an enhanced Do Not Disturb as well as Screen Time. There are also group notifications and updated Photos, Apple News, and Stocks apps apart from the all iBooks app that comes as the Apple Books app. The Apple iPhone X users will get to see the debut of Memoji on their phones and an upgraded Messages app with Tongue Detection and Wink support for Animoji characters. Undoubtedly, the new iOS 12 is going to come with performance improvements.
How to Install iOS 12 Beta
To be eligible to receive the latest public beta of the iOS 12, you will need to enrol yourself in the Apple Beta software program using your Apple ID. There is an additional FAQ section on the Apple website, which will answer all your common queries related to the Apple Beta Software Program. Apple recommends users that the software should be installed on secondary devices since it can contain some serious bugs. Also, it is advised that the users backup their data before proceeding.
If at any point of time, you feel like you’ve seen enough of the beta update and want to roll back to the stable version of iOS, there is an option to un-enrol from the public beta. Apple has made it sure that users are easily able to wrap up their beta program, step by step.
After the beta testing is complete, Apple will have the public release of iOS 12 sometime in September. The US-based manufacturer will also be launching new iPhone models side by side, during that time. By the time the final version of the iOS is launched, it will come with patched bugs and changes which Apple will make based on current user review.
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