iOS 12 beta users plagued by false update notification

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“A new iOS update is now available. Please update from the iOS 12 beta.”

You’re probably tired of seeing this message if you’re running iOS 12. It now pops up every time you unlock your iPhone or iPad. Yet there is no update available, and there is no practical way to prevent the popup from appearing over and over again.

The good news is your device isn’t broken. Everyone running the iOS 12 beta is experiencing the same thing. But what’s causing it?

The popup is easily dismissed, and it won’t prevent you from using your iOS device normally. When you see it every time you unlock, though, it gets pretty annoying. Here’s what’s going on.

What causes false iOS 12 update notifications?

Every beta Apple rolls out has an expiration date. You need to update your device before that date, or it will eventually stop working properly. There seems to be a problem with that date in the latest iOS 12 beta.

Your device is convinced, then, that the software you’re running will soon expire. But if you attempt to update, you’ll find a new release isn’t available yet. The only fix is an impractical one, and we don’t recommend you use it.

You can change the date on your iOS device — move it back a week or so — to prevent the update popup from constantly appearing. But this can cause other problems, particularly inside apps that rely on the date to be accurate.

It’s best that you simply suffer the popups until Apple rolls out a new iOS 12 beta.

Here come the memes

So many people are experiencing this problem that memes poking fun at it are already popping up on social media.

Here are some of our favorites.

Here’s to hoping Apple fixes this quickly because it is frustrating. Some might say that it’s our fault for installing beta software ahead of its official release, but let’s face it, most of the software we use today is in beta — it just doesn’t have the beta tag.

Look at iOS 11; even after it went public, it had more bugs than the earliest preview releases of iOS 12, and it took Apple months to address them all.