Apple iOS 12 public beta: How to install, top features, and more


"As a member of the Apple Beta Software Program, you can take part in shaping Apple software by test-driving pre-release versions and letting us know what you think", said Apple.

Apple has released the first public beta of iOS 12, the next mobile operating system for the iPhone and iPad. In September, your device should automatically update to the final version of iOS 12 and you'll be able to delete the configuration profile. No more having to sign up for a $99 per year Apple Developer membership to get early access to features like Screen Time, App Limits, Alternate Appearance or iPhone X Memoji support. The company will likely update the beta software a few times between now and the official release, so be sure to keep an eye out for those as well. There's a new Screen Time feature to see and control how much time you spend using each app. Notifications are now grouped and you can silence them from the lock screen.

Apple's iOS 12 update is ready for testing. It's available today and you can download it on your spare iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. It is also recommended that you perform a full device backup via iTunes so that you can downgrade back to iOS 11.4 with your existing data.

Apple has run a Switch to iPhone campaign for years and offers a Move to iOS app for Android switches in the Google Play Store.

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Apple has launched the first public beta of iOS 12. Siri shortcuts are now available for Apple apps only.

However, nearly 40 percent of switchers opt for larger iPhone Plus devices, which also makes sense when you consider that the vast majority of Android devices have large screens.

Those predictions are based on previous Apple release history and trying to predict future behavior based on historical patterns. All iPhone users can try out Apple's new "Measure" app, with augmented reality technology to estimate the length of things within the camera's view.