While developers have been able to test out Apple’s upcoming software updates for a few weeks now, the public is now getting their chance. The first public betas of iOS 12, macOS 10.14 Mojave, and tv OS 12 are now available for testing. The company is expected to bring the public release of iOS 12 sometime in September.
Apple has finally released the first iOS 12 public beta. The public beta is available for all iOS 11-running iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch models.
This means you can get the new experience on these eligible devices – 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 sixth generation.
How to get the latest beta version
To get access to the first iOS 12 public beta, you need to enroll in the Apple Beta Software Program with your Apple ID. Apple has additionally provided an FAQ section to answer all the common queries related to the Apple Beta Software Program.
Apple’s beta releases are pretty stable. There may be a few bugs and glitches, but then again, that’s exactly the point with a beta release. It is advisable to back up your data before enrolling in the program as at some point you may want to leave the program and revert to a stable iOS 11 version.
Features of iOS 12 beta
With the arrival of the first iOS 12 public beta, you can experience features such as Siri Shortcuts, Group FaceTime, and an enhanced Do Not Disturb as well as Screen Time. The latest iOS version also has group notifications and updated Photos, Apple News, and Stocks apps besides the iBooks app that comes as the Apple Books app.
Specifically, for iPhone X users, the new software update brings Memoji, and an upgraded Messages app with Tongue Detection and Wink support for Animoji characters. The fresh iOS experience also brings a bunch of performance improvements.