First public beta of iOS 12 released

Apple releases first public beta for iOS 12. Here’s how to get

That's precisely the reason why you should only really install the pre-release software on your secondary iOS device.

But, though I did say that iOS 12 Public Beta is 'not daily driver material, ' but compared to earlier major betas Apple has released, this is by far the stablest I've ever experienced in my life. Apple's iOS public betas, as well as all subsequent updates, are automatically pushed to your device over the air. But as a beta, the software will be a little buggy.

Apple has released the first iOS 12 public beta for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. That means anyone willing to take a risk with unfinished software can try out new features such as group FaceTime conversations, less annoying notifications and new Screen Time tools to tell you just how addicted you are to your phone.

If you want to learn even more about what our iPhone friends are getting, check our iMore's hands-on preview below!




But first, you need to back up your device, then visit the Apple Beta Program website, and click the sign up button. But Apple is going to release betas every few weeks over the summer.

You can get an overview of the other new features in tvOS 12 here.

Once completed you will then be able to download and install the iOS 12 Public Beta Software Profile, following a reboot you're then ready to install iOS 12 via Settings General Software Update. The new software includes a feature called Screen Time, which will give you a detailed breakdown of how much time you're spending on your iPhone or iPad and over what apps. Downtime, another setting, allows you to set blocks of time where you can only use authorized apps, to keep your distractions down. Apple's also revamped the social side of photos, and will make suggestions about people you may want to send your snapshots to, based on who's in the pictures.

Apple didn't stop there, and added new power features as well.

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