Crisis averted – Apple released on Wednesday, August 15, the beta version of iOS 12 – not the public beta 7 – for software testers. The update comes hours after the release of dev beta 8, which replaces the short-lived seventh developer beta release. Apple released Beta 7 on Monday, Aug. 13, but quickly dropped the update due to instability and poor performance.
By far the biggest shock associated with public beta 6 is the news that the FaceTime group will not be officially releasing iOS 12 in the fall. In the release notes for dev beta 8, Apple let the testers know that the FaceTime update, which would chat up to 32 people at the same time, would be missing in this year's release. Apple notes that the feature will be included later this fall as part of a software update.
This bad news is not the only change the public beta 6 of iOS 1
While iOS 12's best-known feature might be the overall performance improvements over iOS 11 last year, this sixth beta update may not be the best. While Apple was likely to address issues that caused the company to receive yesterday's update, testers should continue to look for stability issues, including a decline in overall usability.
Poor performance in a beta is bad enough, but there are more reasons to avoid beta testing Apple's big upcoming update. Sometimes it pays to sit out these things.