iOS 12 b1 as daily driver

Discussion in 'iOS 12' started by JerTheGeek, Jun 4, 2018.

  1. JerTheGeek macrumors 68000


    May 15, 2014
    I know this is a common question, but I’m sure there’s many like me who want to know. I understand that because it’s a beta it will have bugs, glitches, errors, etc. I’ve run iOS betas on my main devices since iOS 9, and I enjoy doing it. I understand the risks of beta software and am ok with it. For those using the beta now, is b1 of iOS 12 good enough to be a daily driver? Are the performance improvements on the newer devices, iPhone X and iPad Pro 10.5 which are what I use, worth it to get the beta now? Or are there too many issues that make it not good enough to be a daily driver?
  2. nikhsub1 macrumors 68020


    Jun 19, 2007
    mmmm... jessica.'s beer...
    So far for me at least, it doesn't seem that buggy. Yet.
  3. macbookguy macrumors regular


    Dec 28, 2006
    Columbus, Ohio
    I’m in agreement. This has been an extremely smooth half day.
  4. SqB macrumors 6502

    Jan 14, 2008
    Northern Colorado
    Not really for the OP, but for others who may read this for advice...

    Sometimes a later beta can break stuff that was already working. Just because your favorite app works with Beta 1 doesn't mean it will keep working with future betas. It's really important to know if you have any mission critical apps, you shouldn't do the beta programs.

    My only mission critical apps are phone and iMessage so I'm taking the plunge. I don't develop enough to justify buying multiple devices for testing yet so it's going on my daily driver.
  5. JerTheGeek thread starter macrumors 68000


    May 15, 2014
    Good point. I don’t think I’m gonna do it on my X because it already is fast and probably won’t see many improvements on the performance side. The other features are nice and I look forward to having them later in the year but i don’t think they’re worth dealing with a b1 to me. I’ll probably jump on around beta 4 or 5 maybe.
    On the other hand my iPad is not nearly as important, so I may put it on there cause I am interested in the new iPhone X style UI elements and gestures. Seems like the apps I use on it work so far too.
  6. nordique macrumors 65816

    Oct 12, 2014

    If your primary development platforms are also your primary devices then you almost have no choice but to daily drive it. But if you have older iPhone & iPad devices that you do your testing on then non brainer to put the beta on those and keep your daily driver on the current release software

    iOS 12 beta 1 is by far the best beta 1 ever released. But id almost be inclined to even get a second device and do your app testing on that instead of a daily driver
  7. SumYoungGai macrumors 6502a

    Jun 11, 2013
    SF Bay Area, CA
    It's on par with how stable iOS 10 beta 1 was for me - very stable with non-critical bugs (such as UI glitches). Running great on my 7 plus.
  8. Arni99 macrumors 6502

    Feb 26, 2011
    Vienna, Austria
    Personally I would run it as daily driver as soon as Skype gets fixed as I need it frequently throughout the day.
    Other than that no showstopper-bugs found so far.
  9. aakshey macrumors 65816


    Jun 13, 2016
  10. eastamherstbias macrumors 6502

    Mar 18, 2012
  11. pesos macrumors 6502a


    Mar 30, 2006
    Another smooth half day here. Being able to close apps without doing the stupid hold first is well worth a few glitches here and there XD
  12. ghostface147 macrumors 68030


    May 28, 2008
    I can get over bugs that are on the release notes with a beta. What gets me about the beta process is the small stuff. For example, characters that are not aligned properly, keyboards that get stuck, and apps I use everyday that crash. It’s a process and the fact that 12 isn’t a major upgrade (IMO), I’ll probably use it as a DD after the last beta is released. That’s usually a month before their keynote in September.
  13. gigapocket1 macrumors 65816

    Mar 15, 2009
    I’ve never heard that any beta 1 of any release was good.. this is very tempting. But around 3 is usually when things start getting a little funky. I’m going to wait til beta 5 or 6 before I hop on..
  14. gwhizkids macrumors 68040


    Jun 21, 2013
    I did put it on my iPad Air 2. No problems so far. Holding off on my phone as I travel weekly and can't afford to be away from my iMac to DFU it if things go bad. Might try it out over the weekend, though before my next travels.
  15. bcharleson macrumors member

    Sep 19, 2014
    So far running great for me. iPad Pro and iPhone X
  16. Rogifan macrumors Core


    Nov 14, 2011
    I’ve never installed a developer beta before but decided to as many here were saying it was very stable. Been running it on my X and so far no real issues other than a few UI glitches here and there.
  17. lip3281 macrumors newbie

    Jun 26, 2013
  18. TheSkywalker77 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 9, 2017
    For the first beta it’s surprisingly pretty good. The battery will be terrible tho but that’s expected. I’ve only had one crash since I installed it.
  19. jhfenton macrumors 6502a


    Dec 11, 2012
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    I assume this is hyperbole. I tested a couple dozen apps on my iPad Air 2, and I didn't find a single one with a problem.

    +1 I'm in the same situation due to a trip to Spain and Morocco in two weeks. There's no way I'm going to put it on my iPhone 7 until I'm back. I don't want my phone to break when I'm away from my computer for two weeks. At some point after I get back, I'll try it on my iPhone.
  20. csurfr macrumors 68000

    Dec 7, 2016
    Seattle, WA
    My battery life actually hasn't been half bad with b1 so far. On par with 11.4 as far as I can tell.
  21. Treble macrumors 6502


    Feb 26, 2013
    Manchester UK
    Unbelievable how stable this beta is on my x iPad Pro 10.5 and watch series 3 not 1 hiccup I can’t tell it’s a beta it’s super stable imo
  22. aakshey macrumors 65816


    Jun 13, 2016
    Netflix and Prime Video weren't working. Now they are working I think.

    Calls on other devices ain't working though.
    --- Post Merged, Jun 5, 2018 ---
    How are people testing the battery life?

    I am unable to figure out how to check how much I have used my device since last charged. Any way around it?
  23. csurfr macrumors 68000

    Dec 7, 2016
    Seattle, WA
    Honestly I'm just using it as I normally would. I don't bother with percentages and such. Using my phone as I normally would I know where it would normally be at certain parts of the day.
  24. Eirik2306 macrumors member

    Jun 24, 2011
    Very stable as a daily driver but the App Store is not working....

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