Everything New in iOS 18 Beta 2

Apple today released the second betas of iOS 18 and iPadOS 18 to developers, and the software adds support for new features that Apple is working on, plus it tweaks some of the interface changes that have been made in the updates.

iOS 18 on iPhone Feature
Apple will refine ‌iOS 18‌ over the course of the next few months, with multiple changes and refinements expected from now until September. We've highlighted everything new in the second ‌iOS 18‌ beta.

iPhone Mirroring

When paired with a Mac running macOS Sequoia beta 2, ‌iOS 18‌ beta 2 supports the Mac-based iPhone Mirroring feature. With ‌iPhone‌ Mirroring, you can control your ‌iPhone‌ using your Mac.

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‌iPhone‌ Mirroring can be enabled by clicking on the new ‌iPhone‌ Mirroring icon on a Mac and following the instructions. It lets you open and use apps, manage notifications, and more, all while your ‌iPhone‌ is locked.

RCS Toggle

‌iOS 18‌ beta 2 adds a toggle for the new RCS messaging protocol that will replace SMS and MMS, but ‌RCS‌ is not yet functional. Right now, the ‌RCS‌ toggle only shows up for U.S. ‌iPhone‌ users who have a carrier that supports ‌RCS‌, which includes T-Mobile, Verizon, and AT&T.

ios 18 beta 2 rcs toggle
‌RCS‌ will improve text messaging conversations with Android users, allowing for higher-quality images and videos, read receipts, typing indicators, Tapback support, and more.

Home Screen

The App Store icon on the Home Screen now has a dark mode, which changes the background color of the app. There's also a wallpaper tinting toggle that can be used in automatic mode, something that wasn't an option before. The toggle makes the wallpaper you've chosen darker.

app store dark mode icon
For some icons, the second beta improves the contrast of the tint feature by adding more dark areas.

Note that tinting and icon color changes seem to be quite buggy in beta 2, and sometimes tints won't deactivate until the ‌iPhone‌ is restarted.

Widgets

There's a new Connected Card Wallet widget app, but it does not appear to be functional as of yet. Connected Cards integrate with the Wallet app to display total card balance and transaction history. In the United States, this feature only works with Discover at the current time.

ios 18 wallet app connected cards

Passwords App

There's a "+" button in the main view of the Passwords app when you open it, so you can add a new item without having to tap the "All" icon.

ios 18 passwords app

Control Center

The power button in the Control Center has a more pronounced haptic feel when pressing it, and it only triggers with a press rather than just a tap. The change will prevent the power button from accidentally being activated when using Control Center.

EU App Ecosystem Changes

In the European Union, the iPadOS 18 beta adds support for alternative app marketplaces and downloading apps from websites. These are the same changes that Apple made to the ‌iPhone‌ in iOS 17.4, with the updates now extended to the iPad as required by the European Commission.

App Store vs EU Feature 2

More New Changes

Know of a new feature in beta 2 that we left out? Let us know in the comments below.

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samspencer1 Avatar
3 weeks ago
Small CarPlay UI change for menu button.

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Infinity Vortex Avatar
3 weeks ago

Sometimes I wonder what Apple is doing. Homekit is an embarrasment.
I sometimes wonder if the people designing it actually use it. And if they do, are they just bachelors?
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mashdots Avatar
3 weeks ago

Article is wrong. I am on a U.S. carrier that supports RCS and I don’t have the setting.
There must be some other conditions because I see the toggle and I'm with a US carrier that supports it.
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Kar98 Avatar
3 weeks ago



Interesting
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joshwithachance Avatar
3 weeks ago
I have a feeling THIS is going to be the beta that has quite a few notable bugs and issues...
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borninla Avatar
3 weeks ago
Is the Apple TV Remote icon being present on these kinds of pop-ups new in this beta too? Don't remember that from the last beta...

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