Apple has recently hit the headlines with the final release of its first iOS public beta version. This public beta is available for all iOS 11-running iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch models. This further refers that users would be able to get the new experience on these eligible devices, listing, the iPhone 5s and later models, all iPad Air and iPad Pro models, iPad fifth generation and later models, iPad mini 2 and later models, and the iPod touch the sixth generation. This public beta comes days after the Cupertino giant has revealed the iOS 12 developer preview earlier this month. Here it needs to be noted that, unlike the developer preview that requires an active developer account at a yearly charge of $99 which is approximately ₹6,750, this public beta is available for free to all users who haven’t registered for the developer account yet.


With the arrival of the first iOS 12 public beta, users might as well experience features such as Siri Shortcuts, Group FaceTime, and an enhanced Do Not Disturb as well as Screen Time. In addition, this latest iOS version also has to include group notifications and updated Photos, Apple News, and Stocks apps in addition to the all iBooks app that comes as the Apple Books app. Specifically for iPhone X users, this new software update also ropes in Memoji and an upgraded Messages app with Tongue Detection and Wink support for Animoji characters. The fresh iOS experience also brings a bunch of performance improvements.

How to download the iOS 12 public beta?

To get access to the first iOS 12 public beta, users first need to enroll in the Apple Beta Software Program with their Apple ID. For the user’s comfort, Apple has additionally provided an FAQ section to answer all the common queries related to the Apple Beta Software Program. It is recommended to install the beta software on a secondary iOS device as it may include some serious bugs. Also, the back up of the device is needed before beginning with the download process.


In case, if during the testing phase users would like to move back to the public release on the Apple device, Apple has provided an option to un-enroll from the public beta.

To conclude, Apple is expected to bring the public release of iOS 12 sometime in September. The public build is likely to have various bug fixes on the basis of the user feedback the company receives through the initial beta versions.