Apple rolls out iOS 12.3 beta 6 for developers and the public [Updated]


Apple TV app
The new TV app in iOS 12.3.
Photo: Buster Hein/Cult of Mac

Apple today rolled out its sixth iOS 12.3 beta for registered developers. It comes just days after testers got their hands on a fifth release.

It’s unlikely we’ll see any significant changes in this update. But there’s lots to look forward to in iOS 12.3 — including a revamped TV app with support for Channels.

Update: A version of this latest beta for the public was just released as well.

The new TV app is the highlight of iOS 12.3 following the introduction of Apple News+ and new Animoji in iOS 12.2. It features an improved design with a number of new features.

iOS 12.3’s new TV app

The biggest addition is support for Channels, which lets you access content from your favorite third-party services. Apple’s partners currently include Showtime, Starz, CBS, and more.

Channels require a subscription and each one is charged at a slightly different rate. The only ones on offer right now, during beta testing, are Showtime, Starz, Smithsonian, EPIX, and Tastemade.

The TV app still lets you access all the other content you’re used to seeing there, including all the movies and TV shows in your iTunes library. But now it hopes to make new content easier to find.

Apple is now using machine learning to provide TV users with recommendations based on the content they’ve already enjoyed.

iOS 12.3 will go public soon

Given how quickly new betas are rolling out now, iOS 12.3’s public release looks imminent. Apple already promised that its new TV app would be available in May, so we expect everyone to get their hands on it any day now.

In the mean time, signing up for their Apple Beta Software Program brings early access to pre-release versions of this update.



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