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

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The new TV app in iOS 12.3.
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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.

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Some aren't happy with Apple's tactics.
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Ads are coming to an iPhone near you.
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Apple plans to merge iOS and macOS apps by 2021

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Your favorite apps could soon be available on any Apple device.
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Apple plans to make it easy for developers to merge iOS and macOS apps into one by 2021, according to a new report.

The project, dubbed “Marzipan,” hopes to encourage development and boost App Store revenue. It will start with a new software development kit that will let developers port their iPad apps to Mac later this year.

Apple’s new Entrepreneur Camp helps women in tech

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Apple is launching a new Entrepreneur Camp that’s specifically designed to help app-driven organizations founded and led by women.

The two-week technology lab, which takes place in Apple’s home town of Cupertino, offers one-on-one coding guidance from Apple experts and engineers, as well as “mentorship, inspiration, and insights from top Apple leaders.”

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Apple's latest move is bad for macOS developers.
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iOS devs can now create public beta links through TestFlight

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Expect easier access to iOS app betas.
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It’s now easier than ever for iOS developers to distribute beta versions of their apps.

Apple is allowing them to share public URLs, which allow for quick enrollment when opened on an iPhone or iPad, through TestFlight. Developers no longer need an email address for every tester.

You won’t believe how many people are using Apple beta software

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Have you upgraded early to iOS 12?
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Apple warns us that its beta releases should not be installed on our primary devices. Until just a few years ago, it only allowed registered developers to download them. But that doesn’t stop keen Apple fans from updating early to get their hands on its latest features.

You won’t believe how many people are already running the next versions of macOS, iOS, tvOS, watchOS months before their public debut.

Apple’s Craig Federighi explains how iOS apps will work on macOS

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Some of Apple's iOS apps will be available inside macOS Mojave.
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Apple confirmed during its big WWDC keynote on Monday that iOS apps are coming to macOS.

The company has spent two years developing the frameworks required to make the ports possible. Several of its own iPhone and iPad apps, including Apple News and Voice Memos, will be available inside macOS Mojave this fall.

In a new interview, Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering, reveals more about how iOS apps will work on a Mac. He also promises that they won’t make your Mac feel like a super-sized iPhone.