iOS 12 public beta goes live

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iOS 12’s public beta has officially gotten released. Anyone can download the software for free, so long as they sign up as a beta tester.

To recap, Apple announced iOS 12 during the WWDC 2018 earlier this month and made it available to developers soon after. It’s now ready to move on to the next phase of testing – everyday consumers. As always, it’s important to remember that this is experimental software. It would be best to install it on a secondary device and not the main one.

Eligible iPhones for iOS 12 Update

It’s also a good idea to take a backup, just in case things go south. Eligible devices for the iOS 12 upgrade include the iPhone 5S and above, the iPad Air and iPad Pro lineup, the iPad 5th generation, iPad 6th generation, iPad mini 2 and later, and iPod Touch 6th generation.

iOS 12 comes with a ton of improvements, even for older phones. Apple claims apps launch 40% faster, the keyboard appears 50% faster, animations are smoother, camera swipes are 70% faster, and the share sheet pops up 2x faster. New OS updates usually make elderly iPhones slow down, so we’ll have to wait and see whether this release bucks this trend.

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One highly-discussed feature is Screen Time. The tool tells users how long they’ve been using their iPhone and what apps they’ve accessed. They can then set limits for themselves or their kids. Notifications now come in groups and iBooks is now Apple Books. Indian users get a new Hindi and English bilingual dictionary.

iOS 12 also brings a new USB Restricted Mode which has been grabbing headlines over the past few weeks, preventing thieves and cops from hacking iPhones. You can download the iOS 12 public beta here. The final version is set to roll out in September alongside this year’s trio of iPhones and the Apple Watch.