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How to Install the iOS 12 Public Beta

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To download the iOS 12 public beta later this month you need to sign up for the iOS beta program which is part of the bigger Apple Beta Software Program. This lets you try the new iOS 12 features well ahead of the public release iOS 12 release date this fall.

The first iOS 12 public beta is available now for the iPad and iPhone. You can sign up for the beta now and install it on your iPhone today in about 30 minutes.

Before you take the jump, you can read our reasons you should and shouldn’t install the iOS 12 beta.

How to Sign Up for the iOS 12 Public Beta

How to sign up for the iOS 12 public beta.

How to sign up for the iOS 12 public beta.

You can skip this and download the developer beta without signing up as a developer, but you should consider the public beta if you aren’t a fan of problems. The public iOS beta is typically a less buggy experience than the developer one. If you’ve already signed up for an iOS 11 beta, you still need to sign in, and confirm you want to do the iOS 12 beta.

  1. Go to the Apple Beta Program website
  2. Click the Sign-Up Button.
  3. Sign in with your Apple ID.
  4. Read and agree to the iOS 12 Beta Agreement.

That’s all there is too it. You are now part of the iOS Beta Program. There is not typically a waiting list or a delay to joining.

When available you will be able to download the iOS 12 public beta profile to your phone and install the beta.

How to Install the iOS 12 Public Beta

How to install the iOS 12 public beta when it is available.

How to install the iOS 12 public beta when it is available.

The public iOS 12 beta is not out yet, but when it is, you can use these directions to install it on your iPhone or iPad.

  • Click on the iOS tab.
  • Click on enroll your iOS device.
  • Backup your iPhone or iPad and take these steps.
  • Go to beta.apple.com/profile on your iPhone.
  • Install the iOS 12 Beta Profile.
  • Check for a new iOS update on your iPhone.
  • Install the iOS 12 public beta as you would any other update.

You can check out the new iOS 12 features below to see what you get if you sign up for the beta. This can help you decide if the iOS 12 beta is worth trying, or if you just want to wait for the fall.

iOS 12 vs iOS 11: What’s New in iOS 12.1.1

iOS 12.1.1 Features & Fixes

iOS 12.1.1 Features & Fixes

The iOS 12.1.1 update enables several new features on the iPhone and iPad. It does not brings with it watchOS 5.1.2.. Here's a look at the new iOS 12.1.1 features and the bug fixes. 

  • Notification preview using haptic touch on iPhone XR 
  • Dual SIM with eSIM for additional carriers on iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max
  • One tap to flip between the rear and front-facing camera during a FaceTime call
  • Live Photo capture during one-to-one FaceTime calls
  • The option to hide the sidebar in News on iPad in landscape orientation
  • Real-time text (RTT) when using Wi-Fi calling on iPad and iPod touch
  • Stability improvements for dictation along with VoiceOver 

The iOS 12.1.1 fixes include;

  • Fixes an issue where Face ID may temporarily become unavailable
  • Addresses an issue that prevented visual voicemail from downloading for some customers
  • Fixes an issue in Messages that could prevent predictive text suggestions when typing on the Chinese or Japanese keyboards
  • Addresses an issue that could prevent Voice Memos recordings from uploading to iCloud
  • Fixes an issue where time zones may not have updated automatically
  • This release also adds features and fixes bugs for HomePod including:
  • Support in Mainland China and Hong Kong
  • HomePod LEDs illuminate during Group FaceTime calls

There are also security fixes that are part of this update. 

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