iOS 12 developer beta 8 for iPhone and iPad expected today after beta 7 pulled [U: Now available]

[Update: Build 16A5357b now available, up from 16A5354b. Note that users who downloaded but didn’t install beta 7 may need to remove the file from Storage Settings.]

We expect Apple to release iOS 12 developer beta 8 for iPhone and iPad today after pulling iOS 12 developer beta 7 on Monday. The release earlier this week included initial performance issues that eventually caused Apple to pull both the OTA update and IPSW restore images for the build.

Apple also revealed through the pulled beta version that Group FaceTime won’t be shipping time for iOS 12’s general release — likely early next month — and instead will take a little more time. Apple says the new version of FaceTime that works with up to 32 people will be ready later this fall.

iOS 12 developer beta 8 will give testers on both beta 6 and beta 7 an upgrade path. New beta versions for other platforms like watchOS are not expected today. We’ll dig in to the new release today and look for any changes, although the quick turnaround time and late place in the beta cycle likely mean we won’t see anything major.

New in iOS 12

iOS 12 includes several significant changes for iPhone and iPad including performance improvements, especially on older devices; ARKit 2.0 with shared experiences; refined search and sharing in Photos; more Siri access in third-party apps and Siri Shortcuts based on Workflow; updates to Stocks, Voice Memos, Apple Books, and Apple News; use management features including updates to Do Not Disturb, more manageable notifications, and Screen Time parental controls; Memoji in Messages; FaceTime between up to 32 users; and much more.

We also saw several changes in betas 2 through 4 including:

 

For a comprehensive look at all of the changes in the first iOS 12 betas, sit back and watch Jeff Benjamin’s 35 minute long look at 100 new features in iOS 12 on YouTube.com/9to5Mac:

New in beta 8?

General Resolved Issues Apps could take longer than expected to launch. (43122782)

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