New iOS 12 features have been revealed because of the ongoing beta, and it’s all switching up your iPhone and iPad for the better, according to Apple.
You can get the iOS 12 developer beta now, wait for a likely public beta at the end of the month, or get the final version with new 2018 iPhones. Apple unveiled a bunch of features at WWDC, but there are actually more things coming to the old iPhone and iPad than it officially mentioned earlier this month.
There are also several things within the iOS 12 software regarding Apple’s hardware roadmap.
iOS 12 release dates
- June 4 for iOS 12 developer beta (for paid Apple Developers)
- Likely June 26 for a public beta (based on iOS 11 public beta)
- Likely September for the final iOS 12 software with new iPhones
The first developer beta is available now. But it is early software and one must be a registered Apple developer. That costs money: $99 for the annual membership.
The iOS 12 public beta typically comes after iOS 12 developer beta 3, and if Apple’s history tells us anything, it should be on or around June 26. This beta is free and less problematic.
Both versions of the iOS 12 beta will be unfinished software, so we advise you to proceed with caution before deciding to install iOS 12 developer beta 1 on your primary device. Waiting for the public beta is a much more safe choice.
Everyone else can wait for the final version of iOS 12, which is also free. The release date for that should be in September, alongside new iPhones for 2018.
iOS 12 main features
- Apple’s looking to put the problematic iOS 11 behind it
- Older iPhones will be 40% to 70% faster at certain tasks
iOS 12 will focus on reliability and performance with this update, and support all of the same iPhones and iPads that iOS 11 worked with.
Apple called out the iPhone 6 Plus, specifically, saying iOS 12 makes this phone 40% faster at launching apps, 70% faster at launching the camera app, and 50% faster at displaying the keyboard. Keyboard typing and other routine features on older iPhones can slow down with every new iOS update, and Apple is looking to change these pain points with iOS 12.
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