Apple drops yet another iOS 12.4 beta and more

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iOS 12.4's public launch could coincide with Apple Card's launch.
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Developers received a fresh new batch of beta updates this morning, but if you were hoping for new iOS 13 goodies you’ll be sorely disappointed.

Apple released its seventh beta for iOS 12.4, the update that adds support for Apple Card. We assumed the update was pretty much ready to launch back when beta 5 came out, but it looks like we might have to keep waiting a while longer for Apple Card to launch.

iOS 12.1.3 brings fresh fixes for iMessage, CarPlay and iPad Pro

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The first iOS update of the year is finally ready for the masses.

Apple is releasing iOS 12.1.3 today, bringing a number of bug fixes and performance improvements to the iPhone and iPad. iOS 12.1.3 is a minor update and doesn’t contain any big UI changes or new features, but it resolves some important issues with CarPlay, iMessage, Photos and the iPad Pro.

iOS 12 users can’t downgrade to version 11

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No backsies. Once you go iOS 12 you'll never go back.
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Be warned: anyone who upgrades their iPhone or iPad to iOS 12 no longer has the option to downgrade. It’s not possible to go back to any version of iOS 11. Not that there’s much reason to want to.

This isn’t an unusual move. With today’s release of iOS 12.0.1, going to iOS 11 would be two jumps back, and it’s very rare for Apple to allow that.

Second thoughts on iOS 11? Here’s how to downgrade

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Finding iOS 11 too buggy? Downgrade with our handy video!
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If you jumped into the future and upgraded to a beta version of iOS 11, but now found the cutting-edge software a bit too rough around the edges, don’t panic. Downgrading from iOS 11 back to the more familiar (and totally stable) iOS 10.3.2 isn’t difficult. All you need is a Mac or PC running iTunes.

If you’re worried about losing data, that’s completely avoidable! Just follow our how to downgrade from iOS 11 video, below and your iPhone or iPad will be back to normal in no time.

Apple releases updates for iOS, OS X, watchOS and tvOS

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iOS 9.3.3 has arrived.
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Along with seeding a batch of new beta builds for developers, Apple has a slew of new updates for the public this morning, bringing bug fixes and other software improvements to every single one of its platforms.

The public release of OS X El Capitan 10.11.6, iOS 9.3.3, watchOS 2.2.2 and tvOS 9.3.3 are now available to Apple users, after five beta builds were seeded to developers.

Cool new things you can do after your iOS 9.3 update

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iOS 9.3 is out now for everyone, and the upgrade delivers some great new features that make Apple’s mobile platform better than ever.

With sweet additions like password-protected Notes, sleep-saving Night Shift and data-friendly Wi-Fi Assist, iOS 9.3 might be Apple’s biggest “dot” release yet.

Here’s a quick rundown of all the coolest things you can do once you’ve downloaded the iOS 9.3 update, which Apple released Monday.