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Apple Seeds First Beta of iOS 12.4 to Developers

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Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming iOS 12.4 update to developers, a few days after the launch of iOS 12.3, a major update that introduced Apple's revamped TV app.

Registered developers can download the new iOS 12.4 beta from Apple's Developer Center or over-the-air once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Developer Center.


As a 12.x update, the new software may include more significant features than the smaller 12.x.x updates. iOS 12.4 will mark the the fourth major update to iOS 12 after iOS 12.3, which introduced a redesigned TV app with Apple's new Channels feature for subscribing to and watching third-party subscription content right in the TV app.

We don't yet know what we can expect to see in iOS 12.4, but we'll update this post as soon as we download the software and discover what's new. It's likely that this beta includes some Apple Card-related features, as the Apple Card is set to launch in the summer.

iOS 12.4 may be one of the last updates to the iOS 12 operating system as Apple transitions to iOS 13, which is expected to be introduced at WWDC in June.

Article Link: Apple Seeds First Beta of iOS 12.4 to Developers
 

benroberts3

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I bet the big focus on this will be Apple Card. It's highly unlikely they will be working on Apple TV+ and Apple Arcade software for iOS. That has to be internal server-side work for now and will be introduced with iOS 13
 
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Unlikely!
That’s been rumoured for ios13
So in June will be 2 simultaneously different iOS beta versions to download? iOS 12.4 and iOS 13, will I be able to choose which one I want to download? Because I don’t think so...
 
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nutmac

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So in June will be 2 simultaneously different iOS beta versions to download? iOS 12.4 and iOS 13, will I be able to choose which one I want to download? Because I don’t think so...
This isn't new. Apple has offered major iOS beta (e.g., iOS 11) along with minor ones (e.g., iOS 10.3.4). You install different beta profile.

iOS 13 developer beta will be released on June 3 so if iOS 12.4 focuses only on Apple Card, it's entirely possible for it to be released before iOS 13 public beta (most likely hitting on June 25). iOS 12.3 was a 6 week beta.
 
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So in June will be 2 simultaneously different iOS beta versions to download? iOS 12.4 and iOS 13, will I be able to choose which one I want to download? Because I don’t think so...
If betas for two releases are available simultaneously, if you’re a registered developer, you will have access to (for example) the iOS 12.4 beta profile and iOS 13 beta profile. Ever since they started encouraging beta OTA profiles, I'm pretty sure they've always changed the profile for each major iOS release (i.e., you would have to remove the iOS 11 beta profile before installing the iOS 12 profile to install the iOS 12 beta).
 
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nutmac

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Beyond Apple Card, I wish iOS 12.4 would implement STIR/SHAKEN caller ID authentication feature, identifying verified numbers so that I can answer the call more confidently.

EDIT: With STIR/SHAKEN, verified numbers can be whitelisted against Call Blocking & Identification apps. For instance, calls from your utility company maybe blocked by apps like Hiya due to spoofing by scammers. But the same legitimate number will get through with STIR/SHAKEN.
 
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jonblatho

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A bit surprised that the last three iOS updates are all .x and no .0x iterations, even though the improvements or additions to them are negligible (other than the TV app and some emojis).
Apple does a decent job of following semantic versioning in the A.B.C format (with its own twist). When major, API-breaking changes are made, bump the major version number A by 1 and set B and C to 0. When new functionality is added or functionality is changed which doesn’t involve breaking changes to existing API, bump the minor version number B by 1 while retaining A and set C to 0. For releases that are just bug fixes, bump the patch version number C by 1 while retaining A and B.

Apple's only difference versus the semantic versioning specification for iOS is that when the patch version number is 0, it's omitted. The semantic versioning specification dictates that all three version numbers are included even if the patch version number is 0.
 
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