Apple Releases First Betas of iOS 18, iPadOS 18, macOS Sequoia, tvOS 18, watchOS 11, and visionOS 2

Following today's WWDC keynote event that saw the unveiling of new software, Apple has provided the first betas of iOS 18, iPadOS 18, macOS Sequoia, tvOS 18, watchOS 11, and visionOS 2 to developers for testing purposes. Developers have access to the software so they can begin incorporating all of the new features into their apps.

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Registered developers are able to opt into the betas by opening up the Settings app on their device, going to the Software Update Section, tapping on the "Beta Updates" option, and toggling on the Developer Beta. Note that an Apple ID associated with a developer account is required to download and install the beta, but Apple allows even free developer accounts to install beta software.

It is a bad idea to install early betas on a main device, and we recommend having a secondary device if you want to try out the software. There are often significant bugs in early versions of iOS and macOS, so if you do install on a main device, make sure to create a backup beforehand.

Over the course of the next several months, Apple will refine the features available in all of its new software, and we will go through several betas before the updates see a public release around September.

While the betas are limited to developers right now, Apple typically provides a public beta in July, which is usually much more stable than the early developer betas.

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Top Rated Comments

DMG35 Avatar
1 week ago
I bow down to the brave souls putting this beta on their main device. I know you are out there, God Speed.
Score: 28 Votes (Like | Disagree)
WhackyNinja Avatar
1 week ago

I bow down to the brave souls putting this beta on their main device. I know you are out there, God Speed.
“Don’t put this on your main device”

Jokes on you, I live DANGEROUSLY. Fortune favors the bold!
Score: 26 Votes (Like | Disagree)
sniffies Avatar
1 week ago
Let the complaining commence!!!
Score: 24 Votes (Like | Disagree)
pacificblue Avatar
1 week ago
First developer betas are usually pretty safe. It's the beta 2 or 3 that breaks things.
Score: 23 Votes (Like | Disagree)
spinedoc77 Avatar
1 week ago
I wonder if RCS support will make it into the beta, if anyone installs please let us know.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
coffeemilktea Avatar
1 week ago

It is a bad idea to install early betas on a main device, and we recommend having a secondary device if you want to try out the software. There are often significant bugs in early versions of iOS and macOS, so if you do install on a main device, make sure to create a backup beforehand.
This is such wonderful advice! :D

...sadly I didn't follow it: the beta download has already started on my main device and I haven't backed up a thing. I'm just rawdogging the future with no safety net. o_O
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)