How to download iOS 12 before Apple officially release the update

Joanna Estrada
September 15, 2018

After detailing all that iOS 12 has to offer in early June, Apple is ready to release the final version of its new software. iOS 12 officially launches September 17, at which point compatible iOS devices will be notified of the available update. It has undergone a total redesign and will make shopping for audiobooks and ebooks a walk in the park.

iBooks will be renamed and be called Apple Books; it will include a "Reading Now" tab that lets you jump back into the spot you left your last-read book.

As is generally the case with these types of release, YouTube channel iAppleBytes has installed both the recently released iOS 12 GM and iOS 11.4.1 on a slew of devices and recorded the results to see if there are any tangible differences in performance. Try iOS 12 first, and see if you feel the same way afterward.

So, perhaps don't rush into the new iPhones right away.

Still, if you're considering any of the fancy new iPhones from Apple, but you already own an iPhone, you should wait until iOS 12 becomes available before making a final decision.

To sign up for the public beta you will need to visit beta.apple.com on your iOS device, and log in with your iCloud account. Four new Animoji have also been introduced by Apple - Koala, Tiger, Ghost and T.rex. Download and install it as you would any other iOS release.

Security and privacy is another big focus of macOS 10.4, with Apple enhancing Safari's Intelligent Tracking Prevention to block social media "Like" or "Share" buttons and with comments widgets (gulp) from tracking users without permission. There's also Screen Time that helps them understand better the time they and the kids spend on apps.

A new "Screen Time" tool generates activity reports showing how often people pick up their iPhones or iPads, how long they spend in apps or at websites, and numbers of notifications received. Even day-to-day tasks like opening apps and navigating around the UI seems to be faster on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 6s running iOS 12 Golden Master.

Siri Shortcuts: You'll be able to tell Siri to complete certain strings of commands and tasks.

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