Apple Seeds Seventh Beta of iOS 12 to Developers

Apple today seeded the seventh beta of an upcoming iOS 12 update to developers for testing purposes, one week after seeding the sixth beta and more than two months after introducing the new software at the Worldwide Developers Conference.

Registered developers can download the new iOS 12 beta from Apple's Developer Center or over-the-air after installing the proper certificate.


iOS 12 introduces several major new features, with Apple revamping the operating system from top to bottom to make iPhones and iPads, especially the older models, faster and more responsive.

On the iPhone X, there are new Animoji characters along with "Memoji," which are customizable, personalized, humanoid Animoji that can be used both in Messages and in FaceTime. Messages and FaceTime have also gained fun new camera effects, and Group FaceTime support allows for video chats with up to 32 people.

Siri is smarter in iOS 12 with a new Shortcuts feature that lets you create multi-step customized automations using first and third-party apps that can be activated with Siri voice commands. Shortcuts can be created through the Shortcuts app, available as a beta from Apple's Developer Center.

Apple built comprehensive time management and monitoring tools into iOS 12 with Screen Time, allowing you to keep track of how much time you're spending in apps on your iPhone and iPad. App limits can help you cut back on iOS device usage, and robust parental controls are included for families.

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Updated Do Not Disturb options make activating Do Not Disturb more intuitive and simple, and a new Do Not Disturb at Bedtime feature cuts down on nighttime distractions and sleep interruptions.

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Grouped Notifications make incoming notifications easier to view and manage, while a new Instant Tuning feature lets you tweak your notification settings right on the Lock screen on a notification-by-notification basis.


Apple News has a new Browse feature, the Stocks app has been redesigned and brought to the iPad, iBooks has been overhauled with a new look and a new name -- Apple Books -- and Voice Memos has been revamped with iCloud support and an iPad app.

ARKit 2.0 introduces new capabilities like shared experiences that let two people see the same AR environment on separate devices, and persistence, which allows AR experiences to be saved across multiple sessions. There's also a new Apple-built Measure app for measuring objects using AR capabilities.

iOS 12 includes a revamped and rebuilt Maps app that uses a new Apple-designed Maps engine that will display foliage, pools, buildings, pedestrian pathways, and other map elements more accurately. The new Maps also includes significant improvements to traffic, real-time road conditions, construction, and more, plus it will enable Apple to push out changes and fixes more quickly.

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The updated Maps app is available in the Northern California area during beta testing. After iOS 12 launches, Apple will continue rolling out the new maps to additional U.S. locations across late 2018 and 2019.

Tons of other small tweaks and features have been added to iOS 12, so make sure to check out our dedicated roundup for additional detail on what's new in iOS 12.

Early betas of new operating system updates always introduce tweaked features and new functionality, and we'll be outlining what's new in the seventh beta below. We also rounded up all of the changes that were introduced in the previous betas: beta 2 and beta 3, beta 4, beta 5, and beta 6.

iOS 12 is available for developers and public beta testers, with a public launch planned for September alongside new iPhones.

Update: According to Apple's release notes, today's beta removes the Group FaceTime feature, which is no longer slated for release when iOS 12 launches. Apple says Group FaceTime will be coming in an iOS 12 update "later this fall."

Apple has removed some Screen Time workarounds that children were using to get around app limits, and after updating to the new beta, Apple suggests parents change the Screen Time passcode to prevent children from signing out of iCloud or changing the system time.

There is a bug with Apple Pay in iOS 12 beta 7, which could cause Apple Pay to become unavailable. Apple recommends retrying Apple Pay or restarting the device to fix it.

Top Rated Comments

Tivoli_ Avatar
50 months ago
To MacRumors: Please stop publishing the same article (the same video and screenshots) with every Beta release. It's enough to put a link to the article and to just report on what's new in this Beta release.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
33man Avatar
50 months ago
To MacRumors: Please stop publishing the same article (the same video and screenshots) with every Beta release. It's enough to put a link to the article and to just report on what's new in this Beta release.
Agree.... six times i saw same thing.... a bit disappointed
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MattXDA Avatar
50 months ago
Group FaceTime removed
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
atoqir Avatar
50 months ago
I know *most* of you read the posts every week and have seen this stuff, but it's new to some, which is why it's included each time. Sorry, I know it gets repetitive with later betas, but I don't want to leave info out for people who aren't regular readers. We also generally like to have something ready to go so we can let you guys know about betas right away, which is why we update just after with notes rather than waiting to include them first. Hope that explanation helps.
What a about:

For more general info about iOS12 and its new features click here

Whats new in this update: ...

Know issues: ...
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jclo Avatar
50 months ago
To MacRumors: Please stop publishing the same article (the same video and screenshots) with every Beta release. It's enough to put a link to the article and to just report on what's new in this Beta release.
I know *most* of you read the posts every week and have seen this stuff, but it's new to some, which is why it's included each time. Sorry, I know it gets repetitive with later betas, but I don't want to leave info out for people who aren't regular readers. We also generally like to have something ready to go so we can let you guys know about betas right away, which is why we update just after with notes rather than waiting to include them first. Hope that explanation helps.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
tex210 Avatar
50 months ago
So, let me see if I understand. Apple vs. other companies, always make you wait for a release once a year. Now they take away functionality from Beta users like group facetime. I think I see a company no longer leading the way but running backwards in time. How very sad. Sorry Steve.
You don’t understand.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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