iOS 12 beta 5 isn’t just for developers anymore

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Memoji are one of the fun new features already available in iOS 12 beta 5.
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Developers got access to the fifth iOS 12 beta last week, and now anyone who’s interested can install this pre-release version on their iPhone and iPad.

While work is still progressing on iOS 12, and the full version isn’t anticipated until September, the betas have proved surprisingly stable.


That said, this is still a beta. It’s not recommended for people who really depend on their iPhone or iPad.

iOS 12 beta 5 for everyone

Anyone who wants to sign up for the Apple Beta Software Program can do so. There’s no charge, and it brings early access to iOS (and macOS) versions. Apple recently said that millions of people have already signed up.

Those who have already signed up need only go to Settings > General > Software Update to download the fifth beta

Back when Beta 5 was only for developers, we learned that a dual-SIM iPhone is in development, HomePods will be able to make phone calls, and that the 2018 iPad Pro is dropping the Home button.

Those in the Apple Developer Program already have access to iOS 12 beta 6. That requires a $99 annual fee, though.

What’s new in iOS 12

This pre-release version of iOS 12 enables anyone to start tinkering with with Siri Shortcuts and Memoji now. Watch our video preview of the next iOS version to learn what’s coming:

It’s already proving to be faster, even as a beta. And with Siri Shortcuts, an iPhone or iPad can perform complex actions in response to simple voice commands. As mentioned, iOS 12 includes Memoji, personalized and animated versions of emoji.

The end of beta testing and the full release is expected to happen alongside the introduction of the 2018 iPhone models.