Everyone can get the latest iOS 12.1, macOS, tvOS betas

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Apple Beta Software Program
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Apple isn’t wasting time getting out the next versions of all its operating systems. Yesterday, it introduced fresh betas of iOS 12.1, macOS 10.14.1, and tvOS 12.1 just for developers, and today these are all available to the general public.

This is the second round of betas of all this pre-release software. It comes two weeks after the initial round.

The major change in the iOS and macOS versions is support for Group FaceTime. This enables users to chat with multiple people simultaneously, a feature that was originally scheduled to debut last month.

And there’s more in iOS 12.1, including 70 new emojis, dual SIM support for the iPhone XS series, and real-time depth adjustment in the camera app. In addition, it apparently fixes an intermittent charging problem that cropped up in iOS 12.

Get these macOS 10.14.1, iOS 12.1, etc. betas now

In an effort to get its operating systems tested by as many people as is practical, anyone who wants can sign up for the Apple Beta Software Program. It’s free and relatively easy. A single signup covers iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV.

Just keep in mind that this is potentially buggy software. Beta versions go to developers first to weed out really serious bugs, but problems are always a possibility with any pre-release code.