iOS 12 public beta out now – What’s new?

Apple iOS 12 will be heading our way in September but there is an option for those of you who can’t wait. The new iOS 12 public beta is now out and here we take a look at what you can expect.


What is iOS 12 public beta?


Apple gives you the opportunity to get a first look at their latest OS by downloading a beta version. You will need to sign up for it and it’s recommended that you back up your device before getting it.



A beta version will have the majority of features that the final version will have. As this is a beta version you may get some bugs and errors. This is basically the test version so you can try it out and Apple can identify and fix the problems before putting it out for general release.


iOS 12 new features


The public beta version launch has given us a good insight into what will be available on the latest iOS for Apple phones.


The key improvements that we have spotted in the beta version include:


Better performance


While previous iOS updates have slowed down older phones iOS 12 is all about making your phone even faster. If you have found that your iPhone is a little slow or launching apps take an age, it may change when the iOS 12 update rolls out.


Group FaceTime


FaceTime gets a boost with group video chats of up to 32 people at once. You can get all your mates in on the call, as long as their Apple device is compatible with iOS 12.






The endless stream of individual notifications across apps can be tiresome and annoying. If you have found yourself swiping away a number of incoming texts, messages and emails, iOs 12 could end all that. Grouped Notifications will bundle up your incoming notifications into apps and message threads. You can swipe away all the messages from one app or unbundle them if you want to browse through each one. This should save a bunch of time when coming back the phone.

AR Games


The AR features that launched with iOS 11 were a great gimmick at the launch of the OS. While these were great for a bit of a play around there wasn’t much to keep most people playing. Now iOS 12 looks to boost the AR experience with ARKit 2 delivering multiplayer options. The new multiplayer features will be debuted at the launch but the real games and experiences will come later as developers bring their apps and games to the iStore.





Your digital assistant is being improved all the time and this time Siri gets some new bells and whistles as well as improved existing features. Siri Shortcuts will allow you to launch apps through voice although there isn’t a lot of third-party apps right now, more and more will be added. Globetrotters will also be pleased to see the increased languages available. Siri will be able to translate from English into 40 other languages and vice versa.


These are just some of the new features of iOS 12, there are many more. There is a new Screen Time feature to help you see what you are spending most of your time using your phone on. The feature will help to schedule some downtime to get you away from the screen


The Photo App now includes search by event so you can see your snaps grouped by special occasions. Over four million events are used to select and group photos together, you can simply ask Siri to show you photo’s from a festival or recent holiday and up they pop.



There are bound to be lots more new things to come and as users get to grips with the beta version these new features will get better and better. We will have to wait until the official release of iOS 12 in September to see if Apple has kept anything big in their back pockets. The beta version certainly looks like a good change from the previous version.


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