What's New in iOS 12 Beta 2: Screen Time Updates, Battery Usage Tweaks and More

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple this morning released the second beta of iOS 12 to developers, and as expected, there are tweaks and changes to many of the new features introduced in iOS 12.

    Changes to Screen Time include new options to sort by device and view additional details on a per app basis, while tweaks made to Battery Usage make it easier to see which apps are eating up battery. There are several other smaller changes in iOS 12 beta 2, which we've listed below.

    - Battery Usage - The charts for activity and battery level for the last 24 hours have been redesigned in iOS 12 beta 2, and some of the wording has been updated in this section.


    - Screen Time - Apple has removed a toggle for clearing Screen Time data, and the interface for adding time limits to apps from the main Screen Time screen has been tweaked. In the first beta, when you tapped an app it went right into the limits interface, but now tapping on an app displays more info on the app, including daily average use, developer, category, and more, and lets you tap to set a limit. There's also a new splash screen when opening Screen Time for the first time.


    - Screen Time By Device - There's now an option to view activity on a single device or all devices.


    - Notifications - There's a new toggle in the Notifications section of the Settings app that allows you to toggle off Siri Suggestions for individual apps. In iOS 12, Siri makes suggestions about limiting the notifications you receive from apps that aren't often used.

    - Password AutoFill - There's a new interface for autofilling a password saved in iCloud Keychain.


    - Voice Memos - There's a new introductory splash screen for Voice Memos in iOS 12 beta 2.

    - Face ID - When unlocking content using Face ID, the iPhone X now says "Scanning with Face ID."

    - Photos - The text size for the "Media Types" and "Albums" listings in the Photos app is now much bigger, making it easier to read.

    - Photos Search - In iOS 12 beta 2, Photos appears to support more advanced searches. For example, if you search for a specific date like July 10, it will show all photos from all years taken on July 10. This is different than the behavior in iOS 12 beta 1.

    - iPhone apps on iPad - When you open iPhone apps on the iPad, like Instagram, they're now displayed in a modern device size (iPhone 6) in both 1x and 2x mode.


    There are also multiple known issues in the second developer beta of iOS 12, with full details available from Apple's developer site. We've listed a handful of the more prominent problems users might run into:

    [*]The Weather widget is not functional.
    [*]Universal Links might not open the expected target app.
    [*]Netflix might unexpectedly quit when downloading a video.
    [*]Twitter might display a blank login screen.
    [*]Playback might not pause when one AirPod is removed from your ears.
    [*]CarPlay might not connect to certain vehicles.
    [*]Group FaceTime calls can't be initiated between iOS 12 beta 2 and iOS 12 beta 1. FaceTime calls may also be interrupted by a poor connection message, and FaceTime might unexpectedly quit.
    [*]Screen Time must be re-enabled after installing iOS 12 beta 2, and all Screen Time settings are reset after updating.
    [*]Voice Memos might not sync between devices even when iCloud syncing is enabled.

    iOS 12 is limited to developers at the current time, but Apple has promised a public beta for its public beta testing group before the end of June, so we could be seeing a public beta as soon as later this week.

    Article Link: What's New in iOS 12 Beta 2: Screen Time Updates, Battery Usage Tweaks and More
  2. Textime macrumors regular

    Jan 25, 2016
  3. Exxhara macrumors member


    Aug 2, 2017
    I'm so ready for iOS 12 in the fall! It'll be lit! Can't wait for the new emoji too :)
  4. ghostface147 macrumors 68030


    May 28, 2008
    The weather widget works fine on iOS 12 beta 2 on our spare iPhone 7 on Sprint. I still don't think it's ready to be a DD. Maybe beta 5 I'll jump on.
  5. Mrspazman macrumors newbie

    Oct 13, 2011
    Is this option new too? Starting a Facebook live screencast from control centre.

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  6. izyreal macrumors regular

    Sep 26, 2012
    But did they fix the stupid volume setting screen hog?

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  7. B4U macrumors 68020


    Oct 11, 2012
    Undisclosed location
    How do we have battery usage over 100%?
    I mean, why is it necessary to show the vertical axis ranging from 100% to 150%?
  8. jman240 macrumors 6502a

    May 26, 2009
    battery usage graph was way better looking in beta 1. What is this weird bar graph thing?
  9. Manoverboard1224 macrumors newbie


    Jun 19, 2018
    United states
  10. jclo Editor


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2012
    It's not, this was in iOS 11.
  11. avanpelt macrumors 68030

    Jun 2, 2010
    From a UI/UX perspective, I really think they need to stop using the dark and light shades of blue together in the graphs to denote screen off and screen on. It's probably going to confuse some people because their eyes can't distinguish between the colors. There are so many colors of the rainbow to pick that it seems foolish to use two shades of the same color. It seems to me that screen off should be black and screen on should be blue.
  12. chrisbrummel macrumors newbie


    Oct 1, 2015
  13. ABoredDrunkGuy macrumors member


    Oct 9, 2017
    Man this Apple Watch install is taking a while to complete after my iPhone tells me it's "finished" installing. Meaning I've been on the Apple Loading wheel for about 30-40 minutes now. I now it's still completing it as the wheel is moving, it's just a sloooooooow one. :)
  14. Pyrhonen macrumors member

    Dec 20, 2011
    How can I become a developer to try the betas. I can't wait until the fall. Thanks.
  15. wiffle macrumors regular


    Apr 5, 2017
    Really hoping that App autofill interface becomes accessible for third-party APIs.... 1Password iOS integration would be fantastic.
  16. OldSchoolMacGuy Suspended


    Jul 10, 2008
    You need to pay $99 a year to gain developer access. And be aware that you will have to deal with lots of bugs and other issues. Many apps won't work or will crash frequently. That's all just part of being a developer and using beta software.

    You can also wait until the end of this month and sign up for the public beta program. They get access later than developers but it's free. Keep in mind you will still have to deal with frequent crashes, bugs, battery drain, non-working apps and other issues that are just part of a beta.

  17. Fvck_Nath macrumors newbie


    Jun 19, 2018
    Seems fixed on my iPhone X iOS 12 beta 2. Now showing my actual location and not somewhere in a field
  18. Tech198 macrumors G5

    Mar 21, 2011
    Australia, Perth
    Neat graph ...

    The only thing that bugs me more IS the wording used, depending on different iOS version, and where the option moves to.
  19. seatton macrumors 6502a


    Nov 7, 2013
    Seattle, WA
    Counting the day I can install the public beta on my 9.7 iPad Pro. I am excited about the Book app.
  20. GregJohn macrumors regular


    Oct 29, 2015
    Saskatoon, SK
    So glad the keychain interface was changed. I was really not a fan of what they had
  21. Craiger macrumors 6502a


    Jul 11, 2007
    If you use your phone a lot and charge the phone multiple times, you will have over 100% battery usage in one day.
  22. Dimsar macrumors newbie

    Sep 5, 2017
    No, I've seen it in iOS 11.
  23. lunarworks macrumors 68000

    Jun 17, 2003
    Toronto, Canada
    I didn't know iPads still showed iPhone apps in the legacy screen size. This seems like a real improvement.
  24. gaximus macrumors 6502a

    Oct 11, 2011
    I love the idea of it creating complicated passwords. The problem is half the time it doesn’t meet the requirements for some sites and apps. I thought in the keynote they mentioned something about being able to customize this. I can’t seem to find this setting, is it that I heard them wrong, is it just not available yet, or am I looking in the wrong places?
  25. GregJohn macrumors regular


    Oct 29, 2015
    Saskatoon, SK
    Went to install beta profile for my iPad and all downloads are now missing? My Mac, watch, phone are up to date. Tv haven’t tried, but it’s empty now to install the new profile...

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