What’s new in iOS 12 beta 2?

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There are lots of welcome tweaks in iOS 12 beta 2.
There are lots of welcome tweaks in iOS 12 beta 2.
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Two weeks after the initial — and surprisingly solid — beta of iOS 12, comes the second update. iOS 12 beta 2 has tweaked the operating system in several places, mostly in Screen Time, which was quite sparse in the first round. Let’s take a look at what’s changed.

How to understand the amazing new battery info in iOS 12

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Slice and dice the battery info however you like.
Slice and dice the battery info however you like.
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The new iOS 12 Battery information page section is a massive improvement on the previous version. Whereas before you could see which apps had used how much battery, and for how long, now you can see the charts which look like the Tim Cook section of an Apple Keynote. You can see your battery use in incredible detail, broken down by such categories as Screen On Usage, and Screen Off Usage.

But that’s not all. You can see how fast the battery ran down, how the levels where at any time during the last 24 hours, and also a longer-term overview which shows your usage over time.

It’s so detailed that it can be a bit intimidating, so today we’ll take a look to see how to read those charts, and how to get the best out of them.

iOS 12 beta 2 is now available to developers

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The new and improved Photos app on iOS 12.
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Apple gave developers a hot new beta for iOS 12 this morning, adding a host of improvements to its huge update for iPhones and iPads that is coming out this fall.

iOS 12 beta 2 comes just two weeks after Apple revealed the update at WWDC 2018. The update contains a number of UI tweaks, new apps and performance improvements that are supposed to make the iPhone and iPad more stable than ever.

How to share passwords with AirDrop in iOS 12

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Is this gentleman about to share a password using AirDrop?
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iOS 12 adds the ability to share passwords via AirDrop, which is super-duper useful. Maybe you want to send your Netflix password to your spouse so you can watch that movie on his iPad, or maybe the password you just created for the local grocery delivery service. In short, any time you have previously used 1Password (or Cult of Mac sponsor Dashlane) to show your password in large type so somebody else could copy it, then you can now use AirDrop. And here’s how:

iOS 12 automatically shares your location when you call 911

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iOS 12 will help you get faster emergency services.
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Apple is making it easier for iPhone users in the United States to be located by the emergency services with iOS 12.

When the update rolls out to everyone this fall, users will be able to automatically and securely share their location data with 911 first responders to help reduce emergency response times, Apple confirmed today.

Cult of Mac Magazine: 6 reasons you should switch to Safari and more!

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In this week’s Cult of Mac Magazine: In iOS 12 and macOS Mojave, Safari gets solid improvements that will win you back from Chrome — especially if you value your privacy. But while safeguarding your privacy and security on the web fuels many of Safari’s great new features, there’s much more Safari goodness to anticipate.

You’ll find that story and more in this issue. Get your free subscription to Cult of Mac Magazine from iTunes. Or read on for this week’s top stories.

Turns out iOS 12 isn’t safe from ‘brute force’ iPhone unlockers

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Apple and a company that sells an iPhone unlocking tool are in a back-and-forth battle over your privacy.

Apple put a feature in the first iOS 12 beta designed specifically to thwart iPhone unlocking tools that use the Lightning port to get access to the device. But Grayshift, maker of a prominent unlocking tool, says it already has a workaround.

This is good news for the many law enforcement agencies around the U.S.  who’ve invested in Grayshift’s GrayKey unlocker. It’s not so good for anyone who wants to be sure their iPhone can’t be hacked.

How to add your own Siri Shortcuts right now

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Siri Shortcuts could become super powerful.
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Siri Shortcuts are the iOS way to automate actions you do over and over. The WWDC 2018 keynote gave an examples of chaining together a bunch of these actions into one shortcut — order your favorite “coffee,” and give you directions to work, or switch on the lights at home one whole hour before you get there in order to, I don’t know, waste electricity? To trigger these little automations, you just tell Siri, using a pre-chosen keyword/name.

However, you don’t alway want to put together lots of steps. Sometimes you just want Siri to carry out a single action with a Shortcut. For instance, opening up your favorite news site in Safari, or sending a message to your spouse, or viewing your most recent photos. The good news is, you can do all of these today, in the first iOS 12 beta, even without the fancy new Siri Shortcuts app.