Apple releases iOS 12 public beta 1

BY LEAH WILLIAMS
Posted on FEB 11, 2019

A beta version of the next major version of the operating system for iPhone and iPad has been released to everyone.

Apple users can now download the iOS 12 public beta through Apple's public beta website. The technology company has launched the beta version of iOS 12 prior to its scheduled September release, with efforts to make the iPhone and iPad experience faster and more responsive.

FaceTime now supports video and audio with up to 32 people at once. Video users can start Group FaceTime right from a group thread in Messages or join an active one at any time.
A new type of customizable Animoji is anticipated for iPhone X. Smartphone users can easily create a Memoji to match their personality and mood. Limitless alter egos can be created for Messages and FaceTime.

Apple has also integrated a new way to add personality to Messages and FaceTime right from the in-app camera. The beta version demonstrates how quickly creation and share features can be implemented involving a photo or video with Animoji, Memoji, cool filters, stickers, and animated text.

Most distinctly, the ARKit 2 enables developers to create more immersive augmented reality experiences, including the ability for simultaneous use among multiple people. AR objects can now be sent with Messages and Mail, then viewed in the real world. A new AR app in iOS called Measure helps users measure real-world objects simply through camera positioning.

Apple's iOS12 enhancements improve performance on all supported devices, including the older model iPhone 5s and iPad Air. The Verge warns consumers about reserving the beta version to main devices, saying, "Do not to download it on your main device. Save it for a tester phone or iPad