The iOS 12 Public Beta is Out. Have You Tried It Yet?

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After a little bit of a delay between the release of the second iOS 12 Developer Beta, the Public Beta is finally here! If you didn’t see the many articles already written about the release, you can sign up for the program to upgrade your compatible iOS device right here.

For those of you who have taken the plunge, what do you think so far? I have been using the Dev Beta for over a week now, and I have found the beta to be quite stable overall. The only major issue I have run into is really erratic GPS performance, both in Maps and third-party apps. That can be rather inconvenient, as dependent as most of us are on phone-based navigation, these days. However, other than that and the rare re-spring, it has been smooth sailing for me.

One word of advise, especially for any of you who may be new to running beta software on a daily driver device. Please remember what a beta actually is. This software has bugs that are actively being worked on. Understand that, when you voluntarily put the beta version of iOS on your device, you are taking an active roll in the process of figuring out where the issues are, and helping Apple to get them worked out. That is the whole purpose of a Public Beta.

So, if you run into a bug, like the GPS issue mentioned above, don’t freak out. Most importantly of all, don’t go running to social media complaining about how bad iOS 12 is. This isn’t release software and there will be problems. This is exactly what you signed up for (if you read the fine print), so don’t blame Apple if you uncover a blemish or too. If you really want to help, go to the Feedback app on your device (this gets installed with iOS Beta software) and let Apple know what you found by filing a radar.

So what is your favorite feature of iOS 12? So far, I am liking the new Notification features the best, myself. However, I am eager to try a full version of Siri Shortcuts later on in the beta process. Let me know what you think on Facebook, or on Twitter @iPadInsightBlog.


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