Apple iOS 12 with new tools now available

Apple iOS 12 with new tools now available

Apple iOS 12.1 beta software 'contains a secret clue about its future plans'

But that wasn't the only information mined from Apple's iOS 12.1 code. Apple just seeded the first public beta, a couple of days after the developer-only version. In previous years, we've often witnessed issues with older gadgets running Apple's latest iOS release, and we'd often advise you to downgrade to the previous iOS version or wait until Apple patches up various bugs.

Of course, installing pre-release software brings inherent risks. Do not install it if you don't want to deal with some hassle.

With iOS 12.1 beta 1, Apple is reintroducing Group FaceTime video calling feature.

As per Apple's release notes (via 9to5 Mac), the iOS 12.1 beta SDK comes bundled with Xcode 10.1, which is available for download from the Apple Developer Program download page.

In order to sign up for the newly released public beta, first of all head over to and sign in using the Apple ID which you are now using on your iPhone, iPad or Apple TV. Unlike other video calling services, Group FaceTime video calling allows for up to 32 participants in a single call. Measure is available on the Apple iPhone SE, iPhone 6s or later, Apple iPad (5th Generation) or later, and the Apple iPad Pro.

Anyone who purchased an iPhone XS or XS Max should avoid iOS 12.1 beta 1 like the plague.

Apple hasn't revealed any plans related to its new iPad models.

Just about 48 hours after iOS 12 launched, only about 10 percent of devices have it installed, according to data collected by analytics firm Mixpanel. If you update your iPhone now, you won't be able to restore your latest backup to your new device.

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