Apple releases iOS 12 Public Beta Two

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Apple has released the second iOS 12 public beta, a week and a half after the first public beta was released. Members of Apple’s Beta Software Program can download the previews now and register devices now. If you have already installed iOS 12 public beta, then you can simply update using your iPhone in the normal manner.

The good news is that both the GPS bug and the CarPlay disconnection bug have been solved in this release. The Messages app has a new sticker options for Activities. These don’t need to be unlocked or “earned,” but instead can show up for anyone. There are a number of new animated stickers as well, which complement the new Activity challenges coming in watchOS 5.

There are quite a few cosmetic changes in iOS 12 Public Beta 2. TheBattery section of Settings now shows yellow when in Low Power Mode, Reset Face ID text is now red in Settings, Clear all notifications has an updated animation, Location sharing details are now in the user’s profile and there are New Activity gifs in Messages

FaceTime with iOS 11 devices appears to be fixed and there are slight modifications to the FaceTime effect picker.

Time Travel has been removed from search in Watch app and the Watch app now only features the Siri watch face in the gallery. However, the Watch app shows third-party apps that use Siri Watch face.

How to sign up for a developer account or public beta membership

If you’re interested in becoming an Apple developer, you can visit developer.apple.com and join Apple’s Developer program. To get access to app distribution and developer betas, you’ll need to enroll in the company’s $99 year developer membership.

Developers tend to get beta software first, but that software can be unstable and bug-prone. If you only want a peek at Apple’s new software, but don’t want to take the risk of bricking your device on a developer seed, the company offers the public beta program for users.

Unlike Apple’s developer program, the Beta Software Program is free, and should offer more stable code than some developer seeds. Before you dive in though, you should note that this is an incomplete version of the operating system, with all the bugs and glitches that includes.

Users should nevertheless be cautious about installing beta code on a primary device, since it can still potentially cause issues like crashes, battery drain, or slow performance. You can sign up for the public beta by clicking the Sign Up link.

The iOS 12 beta can be downloaded as an over-the-air update. If and when you encounter issues, you should use the Feedback Assistant app that Apple includes with the beta releases of its software.

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