IOS 12 Public Beta Now Available; Here’s How to Download It

You can download the beta version of iOS 12 for iPhones and iPads now (AAPL)

You can download the beta version of iOS 12 for iPhones and iPads now (AAPL)

Announced at the beginning of June, packed with new features, speed improvements and tools to help prevent smartphone addiction, iOS 12 is shaping up to be one of the best iOS updates in the last few years.

Apple has released the public beta version of the much anticipated free iOS 12 software update for iPhones and iPads, which means those eager to try it before anyone else can install it right now. You'll want to download the iOS 11.4 build that matches your iPhone or iPad model, the IPSW file - just go here and find the appropriate software. The finished version of tvOS 12 will be released this fall. The point of a beta is to iron out problems.

Another change Apple is introducing with iOS 12 is focused on Siri, which has fallen behind other voice assistants such as Amazon's Alexa and Google Assistant. You'll then have to sign in with your Apple ID login. If you're going to install this beta, you should back up your iPhone first. Users can signup for the Apple Beta Software Program at the link below! Head over to Apple's beta website and download the configuration profile. Anything else to try?

Apple frequently makes reference to high rates of switching from Android to iPhone during its quarterly earnings calls, and the latest CIRP figures suggest that's with good reason.

How to download: To get started, head to beta.apple.com and get an early access account using the same information you use to sign into the App Store. There are parental controls, Siri Shortcuts, tools for monitoring screen time, and support for ARKit 2. Not only can it give you a weekly summary of your usage habits, you can even set time limits on specific apps. Don't release the buttons when you see the Apple logo.

There are also four new emojis - T. Rex, koala, tiger and ghost - for your expressive needs.

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