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iOS 12 beta 8 goes live, Group FaceTime gets delayed

iOS 12 Group FaceTime

Apple has begun rolling out the iOS 12 beta 8 for developers and public beta testers. The software is arriving shortly after the seventh beta had to be pulled because of issues.

The iOS 12 beta 7 came to the fore just a couple of days ago. However, people began facing problems when launching apps, with some seeing crashes, freezes, and delays. These issues apparently faded away after about 10 minutes, but the matter was serious enough that Apple pulled the update completely and didn’t even release it to the public.

iOS 12 Group FaceTime

MacRumors reports that the fresh iOS 12 beta 8 is running smoothly, so it looks like Apple has fixed whatever was wrong with the previous beta. The build has one major change, but it’s not a good one. The brand has decided to postpone Group FaceTime. The feature allows up to 32 people to video/voice chat at the same time.

Group FaceTime was supposed to be ready by September since that’s when iOS 12 is making its debut. Apple appears to have hit a hiccup since it’s announced that the tool will instead be coming out in a future software update this fall.

It’s a bit disappointing since Group FaceTime has been around in all the betas except for these last 2 ones. Still, if Apple has hit a major snag it’s better the brand tries to sort it out in private rather than releasing it to everyone riddled with bugs.

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AppleInsider reports that iOS 12 beta 8 also includes minor changes like a new welcome screen in Messages, a new welcome screen in iPads to teach new gestures, a tweaked Measure app icon, and new 16 x 9 album art for music videos in the Music app.

You can sign up to be an iOS beta tester here.