iOS 12 Overview Updated March 18, 2019

iOS 12

The Snow Leopard release for iOS

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January 2018 - March 2019


Dubbed the Snow Leopard release, iOS 12 focuses on performance and squashing bugs among other features.

What’s new in iOS 12:

Apple has reportedly shelved may major features that was originally slated for iOS 12, such as a redesigned Home screen for the iPhone X, and major updates to Mail. Instead, iOS 12 will feature augmented reality improvements, health features and improved parental controls.

The focus on stability instead of packing tons of new features is mainly due to the bugginess and endless issues Apple has been trying to deal with on its platforms as of late. Despite this, Apple is reportedly still on schedule to unify iOS and macOS apps.

The release is similar to OS X’s Snow Leopard on the Mac, as the main focus of that release was also stability and performance enhancements. To this day, many customers still consider Snow Leopard as Apple’s best operating system for having rock solid performance without much bugs.

iOS 12 Stories March 18

[Update: Sixth beta versions of iOS 12.2, watchOS 5.2, tvOS 12.2, and macOS 10.14.4 now available.]

Apple is releasing iOS 12.2 beta 6 for iPhone and iPad today. The latest beta update should be released over-the-air at the top of the hour. Apple will also likely release the sixth beta versions of watchOS 5.2, tvOS 12.2, and macOS 10.14.4 today as well. We’ll update our coverage if any notable changes are discovered in the latest software updates.

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iOS 12 Stories March 11

We’ve been testing the developer beta of iOS 12.2 since its first release back in late January. Since then, we’ve learned that the new version includes support for unreleased AirPods with “Hey, Siri” support and also found evidence of the rumored Apple News subscription service. In this post, I’ll highlight some under-the-hood changes that may or may not end up in the final release, but are interesting nonetheless.

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[Update: Fifth beta versions of iOS 12.2, watchOS 5.2, tvOS 12.2, and macOS 10.14.4 now available.]

Apple is releasing iOS 12.2 beta 5 for iPhone and iPad today. The latest beta update should be released over-the-air at the top of the hour. Apple will also likely release the fifth beta versions of watchOS 5.2, tvOS 12.2, and macOS 10.14.4 today as well. We’ll update our coverage if any notable changes are discovered in the latest software updates.

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iOS 12 Stories March 4

[Update: Fourth beta versions of iOS 12.2, watchOS 5.2, tvOS 12.2, and macOS 10.14.4 are now available.]

[Update 2: iOS 12.2 public beta also arriving today.]

Apple is releasing iOS 12.2 beta 4 for iPhone and iPad today. The latest beta update should be released over-the-air at the top of the hour. Apple will also likely release the fourth beta versions of watchOS 5.2, tvOS 12.2, and macOS 10.14.4 today as well. We’ll update our coverage if any notable changes are discovered in the latest software updates.

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iOS 12 Stories February 20

Apple is releasing the third iOS 12.2 public beta today following the developer beta release yesterday. iOS 12.2 public beta includes the latest Animoji characters — shark, owl, giraffe, and warthog options — before they’re officially released.

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iOS 12 Stories February 19

[Update: iOS, watchOS, and tvOS betas now available. macOS public beta has also been updated.]

Apple is releasing iOS 12.2 beta 3 for iPhone and iPad today. The latest beta update should be released over-the-air at the top of the hour. Apple will also release the third beta versions of watchOS 5.2 and likely tvOS 12.2 today as well. macOS 10.14.4 beta 3 landed yesterday. We’ll update our coverage if any notable changes are discovered in the latest software updates. The update should restore Group FaceTime calls for iOS 12.2 beta testers after iOS 12.1.4 was officially released earlier this month to resolve a privacy bug.

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