iOS 12 beta 3 arrives with more detailed Maps data


Apple Maps
Big changes are coming behind the scenes at Apple Maps.
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Developers received an early 4th of July present from Apple today in the form of banging batch of new betas for iOS 12, watchOS 5 and tvOS 12.

The third beta for iOS 12 arrives two weeks after Apple seeded the last software update to developers that contained a number of UI tweaks and performance enhancements. iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Apple TV all received some software loving from Apple today, but it looks like the next macOS Mojave beta is still baking.

Registered developers can grab iOS 12 beta 3, tvOS 12 beta 3 and watchOS 5 beta 3 from the online Apple developer portal. iOS 12 can be installed via an over-the-air update if you have the previous iOS 12 beta installed. Xcode 10 beta 3 is also available on from Apple today.

What’s new in iOS 12

iOS 12 beta 3’s release notes don’t mention any huge changes but it looks like the Maps app has added way more detail now. Apple revealed last week that it is completely overhauling the Maps app so it can control the full stack of information like Google does.

The last beta brought tweaks to the Screentime, new Siri Suggestions and improved the way iPhone apps display on iPad.

Apple is “doubling-down on performance” with iOS 12. The update addresses growing complaints from users with older iPhones and iPads, who have suffered significant slowdowns with the release of recent iOS updates.

With iOS 12 an iPhone 6 Plus, for instance, apps load up to 40 percent faster, the keyboard opens up to 50 percent faster, and the Camera app launches up to 70 percent faster. We’ll find out what other new goodies are instore in the updates once we get them installed on our devices.


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