Apple has just released the third version of iOS 12 Beta as part of the public beta program. This means that anyone can now install a development build of iOS 12, the next major release of the iPhone and iPad operating system.
Do not forget that this is still a beta version. Things will crash, things will not work. Do not be surprised if, for example, you lose data in your photos, notes or messages.
But if you have an iPhone or iPad that you do not use every day, you can take a look at the future of iOS right now. While the final release of iOS 12 is due to be released in late September, Apple will release beta versions every few weeks this summer.
Before installing the beta, do not forget to back up your device to iCloud / or your computer with iTunes. You can then switch to Apple's beta website, sign in with your Apple ID, and download the beta profile.
The profile is just a tiny file telling your iPhone it's looking for public betas. After restarting your device, you can open the Settings app and install the iOS update as you would any normal software update. If you already have an earlier beta installed, it's time to update.
In September, your device should automatically be upgraded to the final version of iOS 1
Here is a brief overview What's new in iOS 12. The main feature of iOS 12 is an increase in performance, especially for older devices. For example, if you have an iPhone 6 or an iPad Air, you should see a big improvement in launching apps, launching the camera, and entering text.
The other big theme of the year are new features that you can spend less time using your phone. There's a new "screen time" feature that lets you see and control how much time you spend on each app. Notifications are now grouped and you can disable them from the lock screen. You can also turn on Do Not Disturb when you're in a meeting for a few hours or more.
Apple has not stopped and added new features. Developers can use a new Augmented Reality file format and new features in ARKit 2.0. Apple released the Workflow App as a new Siri Shortcuts app. Developers can also add information to Siri so you can add a boarding pass or music playlist to Siri.
The apps for photos, messages, and sticks have been improved, as have Apple Books (the app formerly known as iBooks). Apple introduces Memoji on the iPhone X. It's a custom avatar you can use as a representative in iMessage and FaceTime.
For more information, read my iOS 12 preview to find out more about this update]