Apple Releases Third Public Beta of iOS 12

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple today seeded the third public beta of iOS 12 to public beta testers, giving non-developers a chance to test the software ahead of its upcoming fall release. The third iOS 12 public beta, which comes two weeks after the second public beta, corresponds to the fourth developer beta released yesterday.

    Beta testers who have signed up for Apple's beta testing program will receive the iOS 12 beta update over-the-air after installing the proper certificate on an iOS device.


    Those who want to join the beta testing program can sign up on Apple's beta testing website, which gives users access to iOS, macOS, and tvOS betas. Before installing a beta, make sure to create a full encrypted iTunes backup or an iCloud backup and be sure to install iOS 12 on a secondary device because beta software is not always stable and can include bugs.

    The new iOS 12 beta in particular introduces new issues with Screen Time, the App Store, and Siri Shortcuts, according to Apple's release notes for the developer beta. Apps in the App Store might fail to download properly the first time, Screen Time data might not sync between devices, and Siri Shortcuts might not work properly on CarPlay and HomePod, as well as if a device is locked. The cellular status bar on the iPhone X can also be inaccurate.

    iOS 12 brings Group FaceTime, local multiplayer shared AR experiences, new Animoji, and a Memoji feature that's designed to let you create a personalized Animoji that looks just like you.

    Animoji, stickers, text, and more can be used in FaceTime and the Messages app, and there's a new Screen Time feature to help customers understand and manage the amount of time they're spending on their iOS devices. There are options to limit app time and Screen Time also includes comprehensive parental control tools.

    New Do Not Disturb features make it easier to manage notifications, as do interactive notification options and notification grouping.

    Siri has been improved in iOS 12 with Siri Shortcuts for creating time-saving automations, and Siri is also smarter and able to provide info on motorsports, food, and celebrities. Later in the year, Apple will launch a Shortcuts app so you can create your own shortcuts.


    Under-the-hood improvements to iOS 12 will make everyday tasks on the iPhone and iPad faster and more responsive, with the camera launching up to 70 percent faster and the keyboard showing up to 50 percent faster.

    iOS 12 also includes a rebuilt Maps app with a new Apple-designed Maps engine that's available in the San Francisco Bay Area at the current time. While limited to the San Francisco area at this time, the features will roll out to Northern California in the fall before expanding to additional locations across the United States in late 2018 and 2019.


    The revamped Maps app displays foliage, pools, buildings, pedestrian pathways, and other map elements more accurately, and it brings improvements to traffic, real-time road conditions, construction, and more.

    iOS 12 will be available to developers and public beta testers as a beta for the next two months to allow Apple to work out bugs and other issues ahead of a fall launch alongside new iPhones.

    Update: In the third public beta (and fourth developer beta) the new Apple Maps app is now available for all of Northern California.

    Article Link: Apple Releases Third Public Beta of iOS 12
  2. tuhoops, Jul 18, 2018
    Last edited: Jul 18, 2018

    tuhoops macrumors regular


    Aug 4, 2008
  3. DrJohnnyN Suspended


    Jan 27, 2010
  4. BaltimoreMediaBlog macrumors 6502a


    Jul 30, 2015
    DC / Baltimore / Northeast
    I tried to give IOS 12 a test on my iPhone 8 Plus, but after the install, it would no longer sync with iTunes on Mac OS 10.13.6 final release. So how many people are going to test it if it renders your iPhone useless?
  5. travis64 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 18, 2008
    Beta has been running good so far i will wait on this update just in case
  6. Alendrix macrumors newbie

    Mar 11, 2011
    This beta introduces bugs in screen time? LOL. I haven't had screen time work since I installed the beta.

    My iPhone will sometimes show usage, but then will frequently not update for days, and then the summary screen just gets all jumbled like a bad CSS table. It has never given stats on my iPad. I have never seen stats for one device on the other, and I can't see stats for my kids phone (including downtime, restrictions, etc) unless I am on her phone. Plus, on her phone, the stats page never shows any stats either.

    So I can't see Screen Time being any less useful for me in this update. :)
  7. bluespider macrumors 6502


    May 12, 2009
    Space Coast FL
    looks like a small update... my 8 plus said 548mb download.
  8. brinary001 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 4, 2012
    Midwest, USA
    Nice! Downloading it now. I decided to install the beta on my iPhone X the other day after hearing how stable it was, and it's been running great! I've barely noticed any bugs but I've certainly been enjoying all the enhancements to iOS :)
  9. SoApple macrumors regular

    Sep 21, 2012
    Has anyone had troubles with the lock screen not showing any time? Or autofill bugs? I also can’t post reply or click on buttons on the screen when they keyboard is up. Hopefully this beta fixes all this! I know its a beta bit still wondering! Hopefully this fixes it.
  10. spinedoc77 macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2009
    Has Waze updated its app to allow it to work on carplay yet? I am tempted to switch over to iOS 12 beta, but this is really the only feature I'm looking forward to.
  11. confirmed macrumors regular

    Dec 30, 2001
    New York, NY
    As I understand it, App Developers won't be allowed to submit applications compiled for iOS 12 until closer to the time of public launch. I'd imagine Waze has a build working by this point, but unless they manage to do their own public beta, this won't be on the App Store til the fall.
  12. wiffle macrumors regular

    Apr 5, 2017
  13. Alendrix macrumors newbie

    Mar 11, 2011
    My wife's iPhone X on 11.4 has the occasional 'clock not showing on lock screen' issue, as has mine on the beta. So it isn't a bug specific to iOS 12. Rebooting seems to fix in on both versions.
    --- Post Merged, Jul 18, 2018 ---
    I've been using it on my main iPhone since the first public beta release, and haven't had anything I would consider a deal breaker. There was a problem with 'Do Not Disturb at Bedtime' causing the phone to crash, but if I used just regular DND, that issue wasn't present. Plus, it seemed to be fixed in the second release.
  14. GIZBUG macrumors 68000


    Oct 28, 2006
    Chicago, IL
  15. Dukat macrumors 6502

    Mar 9, 2012
  16. Exile714 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 14, 2015

    You might find people who say yes, but just because someone hasn't encountered a specific bug doesn't mean you won't. On Beta 2 I've had to reset my phone about six times for major failures, most seeming to revolve around calls, FaceTime, and maps.

    It's on my daily driver, but it's certainly not stable enough to be called that. If you're at all concerned or need your phone for work (I have a separate phone for just that, not by choice), then don't do it.
  17. guychicago macrumors 6502


    Jan 25, 2010
  18. syklee26 macrumors 6502

    Jul 26, 2005
    I installed it on my ipad mini 2 and I haven’t seen much speed improvements compared to 11 (which is unusable). Hopefully it improves.
  19. RealPhone macrumors newbie

    Dec 10, 2012
    Fixed in PB 3
  20. Alendrix macrumors newbie

    Mar 11, 2011
    I find it odd how different phones have different problems.

    My phone hasn't had anything super problematic. I can make phone calls, multi-user Facetime (4 people is my max I can test with), and used it for maps on my vacation to San Francisco a week ago. However, for me, Screen Time doesn't work AT ALL (in previous builds), and I can't connect to my Homepod speaker using the music app (from control center I can just fine).

    My iPad can't make FaceTime calls at all, screen time doesn't work, and has problems connecting to cellular (wi-fi is fine).

    My daughters phone also can't control Homepod through the music app, and can Facetime with one person, but if you try to do multi, it isn't happening. Her Screen Time doesn't fail (which is nice so I can give her limits), but it won't show USAGE at all. Only the restrictions work.

    So it seems to impact people differently. Could issues change based on phone model (7, 8, Plus models, X?) or carrier (Sprint, AT&T, etc)?
  21. eyeseeyou macrumors 68030

    Feb 4, 2011
    I’m not going to say yes but I will say I haven’t had any major or even mentionable minor bugs aside from the weird invisibile and unusable space right above the keyboard.
  22. Mr. Y macrumors regular

    Oct 12, 2011
    I hope this fixes what appeared to be cellular and wifi connectivity issues.
  23. DNichter macrumors 604


    Apr 27, 2015
    Philadelphia, PA
    Tempted to try it, but iOS 11 is perfect right now. No reason to screw that up.
  24. m_martins macrumors newbie


    Sep 10, 2015
    Does someone know if Apple is considering a to introduce a “real dark mode”? Or the best that we will get is the crappy “smart invert”..
  25. m0sher macrumors 6502


    Mar 4, 2018
    Oh wow, Dark mode for safari in iOS 12? Does it actually work? Can’t wait.

    Improved maps has been a long time coming, glad it’s a priority in the next iOS.

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