Apple seeds iOS 11.4.1 beta 4 for developer

Kelley Robertson
June 28, 2018

Apple released a public beta of mobile operating system iOS 12.

If that sounds appealing, and you're not scared of inherent bugs, the iOS 12 public beta program is now officially open to all.

The beta versions of the software are not recommended for a user's primary Apple devices, as they may contain bugs which can lead to the software not functioning optimally.

The public beta for iOS 12 is now available for download right here - just sign in with your Apple ID and follow the instructions.

If you ever wish to roll back iOS 12 beta you can do so by unenrolling it through this link.

Apple applied to the US Patent office, which describes the new technology of handwriting recognition in real-time. Apple's Screen Time feature is also present, allowing iPhone and iPad users to get a detailed breakdown of how they use their device and what apps eat up the most time.

iOS 12 isn't set to be available until later this year in fall, but if you've been wanting to try it out, you can do so now.

Apple's public beta for the next version of macOS Mojave hasn't entered the public beta stage yet - we'll inform you when it does. But so far in iOS 12, I've only had crash-on-launch problems with a few apps, and those have already been fixed in dev beta 2 (aka public beta 1).

To get the public beta version you need to be registered with Apple. Additionally, iOS 12 is created to make everyday tasks on iPhone and iPad even faster and more responsive to performance improvements across the system. Just make sure you back up your data first, as betas sometimes act in unexpected ways. To access it, go to Settings General Software Update. But if you're feeling fearless, or if you have a spare device you'd like to use to see what all the fuss is about, then installing the beta is easy. Performance improvement for older devices could mean a big improvement in launching apps, loading keyboard and typing text along with faster camera trigger. The installation process will take approximately 20 minutes, and after that, your device will restart with iOS 12.

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