Apple drops fifth betas for iOS 12, macOS Mojave, tvOS 12 and watchOS 5


Photos app
The new and improved Photos app on iOS 12.
Photo: Apple

Apple’s new betas for iOS 12 are coming out like clockwork with the fifth beta build arriving this morning nearly two weeks after the last beta dropped.

Developers received iOS 12 beta 5 this morning along with new betas for tvOS 12, watchOS 5 and macOS Mojave. Each new build contains a number of fixes as Apple readies the new software for a public launch this fall.

Registered developers can download all four new beta builds from Apple’s online developer portal. iOS 12 beta 5 can be installed via an over-the-air update if you have the previous beta on your iPhone or iPad.

What’s inside iOS 12

The release notes for iOS 12 beta 5 lists a number of fixes and performance improvements that have been added. Some fixes were made for Screen Time, Siri Shortcuts, FaceTime and the App Store. Apple doesn’t mention any new feature additions or UI changes, but there are probably a few minor tweaks that we’ll discover once we get it installed.

Some developers have noted that the Control Center UI looks a little bit darker in beta 5. Screen Time users will need to re-enable the feature after updating to beta 5.

iOS 12 is set to launch publicly this fall. The update brings a host of performance improvements so that iPhones are more stable. There are also some big UI changes to the lock screen, Apple Stocks, Apple Books, Photos, FaceTime and the creation of Memojis.


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