Not too long ago we wrote about iOS 12 and how it’s going to help you spend less time on your phone. Today, we’ll be going over some of the new features we’re seeing in iOS 12 beta that’s now finally available for the public to try.
Improved User Interface on Voice Memos
Voice Memos are new to iOS 12, however, with the Beta 3 release, we’re already seeing a new user interface where the voice memo is full screen. Once you’re done recording, you simply tap on the REC button and you’ll see your memo show up on the sidebar. Voice Memos are still in development, so expect the final version in iOS 12 to be slightly different.
Share Multiple Photos With An Expiring Link
This is probably my favorite feature thus far. Regardless if you’re sending photos to a fellow iOS user or not, you can now share a grip of photos to whomever by using an expiring link. All you need to do is select the photos you’re looking to share and click on the “copy link” button to receive your expiring link.
Smaller Notification Buttons
Yes, a small feature but definitely worth noting. iOS 12 beta 3 is showing smaller notification buttons on the home screen – pretty self-explanatory but something worthy of mentioning.
Low Power Mode & Battery Statistics
This is a pretty awesome feature if you ask me. Within Battery Statistics, you can now see a graph of when your phone goes into “Low Power Mode”. This should make it easier to plan for whether or not you need to bring a charger or extra battery, as well as just giving some insight into your daily phone usage.
New Activity App & Stickers in Messages
There is now a new Activity app within the Messages app. This allows you to share animated stickers of which there are currently 11 of. I would expect this to be built out a bit more for the full iOS 12 release, so we’ll have to keep our eyes on it and see.
Apple News Added a Midterm Elections section
Apple News, the curated news section will now include Midterm Election coverage from now through November, pulling from trustworthy and fact-based sources such as The New York Times, Vice, Fox News and more.
How to Get iOS 12 Beta
- Make sure to backup your iPhone or iPad via iCloud or iTunes.
- Sign up for Apple’s Beta Software Program.
- In order to register up your device, log into the page with your Apple ID account first. From there, you’ll need to enroll your device.
- During the enrollment process, you’ll notice that Apple recommends creating an iTunes-based archive of your phone – definitely do this as it’s always a good idea to have an extra backup just to be safe.
- Next, you’ll have to head over to your Beta profile and install the profile telling Apple that you’re part of the beta program. Be sure to restart your device after the installation is complete.
- Now that your phone is back on, head on over to Settings > General > Software Update and check for an update. You should see iOS 12 Public Beta, of which you can now download and install.
- Select “Download & Install” and you’ll be on your way to having the latest public beta version of iOS 12.
Now that you’re running iOS 12 beta, get ready for improved speed and performance. Don’t be surprised if you encounter a bug here and there as the full version of iOS 12 is still under development and won’t be rolled out until the fall.