Apple Seeds Ninth Beta of iOS 12 to Developers [Update: Public Beta Available]

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple today seeded the ninth beta of an upcoming iOS 12 update to developers for testing purposes, five days after seeding the eighth beta and more than two months after introducing the new software at the Worldwide Developers Conference.

    Registered developers can download the new iOS 12 beta from Apple's Developer Center or over-the-air after installing the proper certificate.

    iOS 12 introduces several major new features, with Apple revamping the operating system from top to bottom to make iPhones and iPads, especially the older models, faster and more responsive.

    On the iPhone X, there are new Animoji characters along with "Memoji," which are customizable, personalized, humanoid Animoji that can be used both in Messages and in FaceTime, and there are new camera effects in both of those apps.

    Apple originally planned to introduce Group FaceTime support in iOS 12, but the feature was removed in iOS 12 beta 7 and will not be reintroduced until later this fall in a future update to iOS 12.

    Siri is smarter in iOS 12 with a new Shortcuts feature that lets you create multi-step customized automations using first and third-party apps that can be activated with Siri voice commands. Shortcuts can be created through the Shortcuts app, available as a beta from Apple's Developer Center.

    Apple built comprehensive time management and monitoring tools into iOS 12 with Screen Time, allowing you to keep track of how much time you're spending in apps on your iPhone and iPad. App limits can help you cut back on iOS device usage, and robust parental controls are included for families.


    Updated Do Not Disturb options make activating Do Not Disturb more intuitive and simple, and a new Do Not Disturb at Bedtime feature cuts down on nighttime distractions and sleep interruptions.


    Grouped Notifications make incoming notifications easier to view and manage, while a new Instant Tuning feature lets you tweak your notification settings right on the Lock screen on a notification-by-notification basis.

    Apple News has a new Browse feature, the Stocks app has been redesigned and brought to the iPad, iBooks has been overhauled with a new look and a new name -- Apple Books -- and Voice Memos has been revamped with iCloud support and an iPad app.

    ARKit 2.0 introduces new capabilities like shared experiences that let two people see the same AR environment on separate devices, and persistence, which allows AR experiences to be saved across multiple sessions. There's also a new Apple-built Measure app for measuring objects using AR capabilities.

    iOS 12 includes a revamped and rebuilt Maps app that uses a new Apple-designed Maps engine that will display foliage, pools, buildings, pedestrian pathways, and other map elements more accurately. The new Maps also includes significant improvements to traffic, real-time road conditions, construction, and more, plus it will enable Apple to push out changes and fixes more quickly.


    The updated Maps app is available in the Northern California area during beta testing. After iOS 12 launches, Apple will continue rolling out the new maps to additional U.S. locations across late 2018 and 2019.

    Tons of other small tweaks and features have been added to iOS 12, so make sure to check out our dedicated roundup for additional detail on what's new in iOS 12.

    New betas of upcoming operating system updates always introduce tweaked features and new functionality, and we'll be outlining what's new in the seventh beta below. We also rounded up all of the changes that were introduced in the previous betas: beta 2 and beta 3, beta 4, beta 5, beta 6, and beta 7.

    We're on beta 9 rather than beta 8 because Apple last week was forced to release an extra iOS beta to address issues in the seventh beta that were causing slow app launch times.

    iOS 12 is available for developers and public beta testers, with a public launch planned for September alongside new iPhones.

    What's new in iOS 12 beta 9: According to Apple's release notes, traffic data might not be displayed properly in iOS 12 beta 9. Apple suggests affected customers Tap the 'i' button to reveal Maps Settings and toggle the Traffic switch on.

    Start and stop times for Downtime might unexpectedly change if they were configured prior to installing the ninth beta, so Downtime start and stop times will need to be reset after updating.

    Update: Apple has also made a new beta of iOS 12 available to its public beta testers.

    Article Link: Apple Seeds Ninth Beta of iOS 12 to Developers [Update: Public Beta Available]
  2. Wildkraut macrumors 6502a


    Nov 8, 2015
    Good old „Just works!“
  3. kycophpd macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2009
    Louisville, Kentucky
    You put it thru the paces really quick!
  4. mofoliar macrumors regular


    Mar 31, 2010
    i am on Beta 6 with no issues other than the Alarm still shows up on notification when it is off!
  5. Statusnone88 macrumors 65816


    Jun 19, 2010
  6. Xgm541, Aug 20, 2018
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    Xgm541 macrumors 65816

    May 3, 2011
    do you think its stable enough as a daily driver?
  7. dominiongamma macrumors 65816

    Oct 19, 2014
    Tempe, Arizona
    Not sure why because beta 9 will be more stable then what you are on probably
  8. Fafafoooey macrumors member


    Jun 13, 2007
    Anyone confirm if OpenVPN issue still exists or is fixed in this new beta?
  9. Statusnone88 macrumors 65816


    Jun 19, 2010
    Have you used the previous betas? Just because it’s newer, doesn’t mean it’s smoother or they haven’t introduced new bugs.
  10. Northgrove macrumors 65816

    Aug 3, 2010
    Pretty sure this is the best beta I have ever laid my hands on. There's just something in the air. It came with a new car smell and all!
  11. code-m, Aug 20, 2018
    Last edited: Aug 20, 2018

    code-m macrumors 6502a


    Apr 13, 2006
    I don’t understand many mobile OSes UX/UI. Take iOS for example, why is the web browser address bar at the top like a desktop OS browser, it should be placed at the bottom closer to your thumb/finger(s). The zoom in/out and compass direction on Apple Maps, why is this not placed at the bottom of the screen. Why does it feel that these mobile OS makers are forcing me to exercise my thumb/finger(s) and then produce “solution” such as reachability. Even to view Control Centre on iPhone X at the top right makes a users to needlessly reach to the top of the screen, while a swipe down to active reachability. How about a swipe down at the bottom of the screen brings up Control Centre. If Ives is designing this UX/UI then he has lost the concept of form and function for design.

    I don’t use a phone to exercise my thumb/finger(s), fix this stupidity mobile OS developers. I see Google in Android Pie has relocated the search bar to the bottom, at least their get it. Now make this universal. Basically using desktop OS methods of navigation on a mobile OS. Might as well add mouse support since you are still sticking to the desktop OS design language.
  12. DaveOP macrumors 65816

    May 29, 2011
    Portland, OR
    Why would you want static elements at the bottom, where it's easiest to swipe and interact with the page? I scroll using the area near the bottom, and they have many of the quick options towards the bottom. Opening maps, I use the bottom half of the screen to move the map around, double tapping where needed. If you had buttons there, it would remove some valuable interaction space for a part of the UI that is used much less frequently.
  13. Bornee35 macrumors regular


    May 6, 2013
    For a greater pool to draw feedback? public does not mean stable.
  14. Chris The Bipolarbear macrumors regular

    Chris The Bipolarbear

    Nov 14, 2016
    Word of warning to anyone using this on their main machine it’s is beta, this beta release might have fixed problems from the last beta but it could have caused something else to break also if you need to ring apple care for any hardware issues they will not help with any beta installed.
  15. BasicGreatGuy Contributor


    Sep 21, 2012
    In the middle of several books.
    I am getting an error saying the update can't be installed. Never mind. After 4 tries, it finally installed. Don't know what the problem was.
  16. code-m macrumors 6502a


    Apr 13, 2006
    There is a lot of unused blank space near the home screen indication bar/line near the bottom. Place the compass the zoom in/out and info split on both sides of that bar/line. Problem solved you get more map screen space unobstructed and you will not accidentally trigger those options as the search bar is wider and larger. Tapping on the screen to move the map is also unobstructed.
  17. mujtaba.mir macrumors 6502a


    Oct 16, 2014
  18. dominiongamma macrumors 65816

    Oct 19, 2014
    Tempe, Arizona
    Every comment I’ve seen on here says it’s been stable for several betas for now, since this may be the final beta before the GM soon
  19. nt5672 macrumors 68000

    Jun 30, 2007
    Yep. that is Apple's whole reason for doing betas, just keep the marketing cycle active, no real changes between them. But boy are the fans happy. Keep of the good work Apple! Oh, and save the bugs for the actual release. thank you so much.
  20. tdar macrumors 6502a

    Jun 23, 2003
    On the Space Coast
    To be fair there was only one beta 12 release that was not good. Looking at you Beta 7!
  21. cwwilson macrumors 65816


    Jan 27, 2009
    Oklahoma City, OK
  22. john123 macrumors 68020


    Jul 20, 2001
    Every single release someone asks this. And every single time, the answer is the same.

    Everyone has different ideas and definitions of what "stable enough" means. It's a beta. It will have issues. The final version will (likely) have fewer issues.

    If stability is your primary concern, you shouldn't be installing betas. Period. End of story. The sole exception might be if you find your current experience to be so frustratingly unstable that you're willing to potentially trade one set of issues for another—and in the case of iOS 11, that's definitely possible.

    Amen. It's amazing to me how many people don't understand what "beta" really means, so I guess it shouldn't be any more surprising that they're equally clueless about what "public beta" means. Sigh.
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    Bet you dollars to doughnuts it isn't.
  23. nauf8 macrumors member


    Apr 25, 2016
    It’s called human nature. Beta 8 is really good, even speedier (as per Geekbench).
    Why not providing feedback about the new Beta instead of attacking a candid comment?
  24. uk1ee macrumors newbie


    Aug 31, 2015
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    It's a beta - for myself ApplePay and Wallet are networking, period. Its noted on the release notes -hopefully this will be resolved very soon.


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