IOS 12 public beta released: 4 reasons to try it

Apple just released the first iOS 12 beta to everyone

But the iOS 12 beta does include Apple's new Screen Time tools, for monitoring how often you use certain apps, how often you pick up your phone and various other useful bits of information.

Prior to today's public launch, the beta had only been available to iOS developers willing to fork over the $99/year for an account. All of those devices are turning five-years-old this year, so to see Apple supporting them with new iOS releases in 2018 is definitely an exciting thing. So it sounds like the first public beta is more or less the same build as the second developer build.

Nowhere near as drastic a redesign as last year's iOS 11, the twelfth edition of Apple's popular mobile platform is primarily focused on improving your iPhone and iPad's system stability, speed and "digital health".

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To do so, just sign in with your Apple ID, download the profile using Safari on your iPhone or iPad and proceed to install. That means anyone willing to take a risk with unfinished software can try out new features such as group FaceTime conversations, less annoying notifications and new Screen Time tools to tell you just how addicted you are to your phone. Better yet, you could choose to install the first public beta on a backup "iDevice" you don't regularly use for work stuff or anything you really care about. Those shortcuts can be used in any app, finally allowing a whole range of apps to interact with Siri. Because of this, it's generally not a good idea to install beta software on your primary device (and if you do, be sure to back up everything ahead of time, at the very least). If you have an iPhone X, there are a couple of extra things for you to try - namely "Memoji", emoji that you can create. But we usually have to wait a few weeks for the public beta to be released.

Those predictions are based on previous Apple release history and trying to predict future behavior based on historical patterns.

Here's a quick rundown of what's new in iOS 12.

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