At this year’s Worldwide Developer Conference, Apple unveiled its latest operating system: iOS 12. While the final version of the new OS won’t be available until September, the Cupertino, California-based company just released the fifth public beta for iOS 12. You can now download the latest operating system to check out the new features ahead of its launch.
Do be warned that the update is still a beta. And although it’s becoming quite polished in advance of its final release, there’s still some minor bugs. We recommend backing up your data, and maybe not installing the beta on your primary device.
From app updates and group FaceTime to ARKit 2.0 and new Memoji, here are all the new features iOS 12 has to offer.
- Apple released iOS 12 Public Beta 5 on August 6. For the most part, this update brings stability and usability updates, including a major update for Siri Shortcuts that actually allows Siri to open third-party apps. An issue with Siri and Apple Pay Cash has also been addressed so you can now use either of them to make peer-to-peer payments.
With Siri Shortcuts, Siri is capable of much more via quick actions that can all be assigned through the new Shortcuts app. For example, if you use the Tile app, you can add a shortcut to Siri such as “I lost my keys.” That way, when you do lose your keys, you can let Siri know and it will automatically start ringing your Tile.
You’ll also see suggestions for apps appear on your lock screen. If you’re running late, Siri will suggest you text the meeting organizer, or remind you to call your grandmother on her birthday. Even if you’re at the movies, Siri will suggest putting your phone on Do Not Disturb.
Users will be able to use Siri Shortcuts on not only their iPhone, but also on the HomePod and Apple Watch.
One feature Apple didn’t mention at WWDC were critical alerts. You’ll be able to opt-in for notifications that are important even with Do Not Disturb turned on — this can be especially useful when a healthcare provider is trying to get in touch with you about important information.