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iOS 12.1 gets fourth beta, along with tvOS and watchOS


Now the public can try out the new betas, too.
iOS 12.1 beta 4 is just one of the pre-release versions Apple released to developers today, covering a range of devices.
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Apple has settled into a steady pace of seeding to developers betas of its operating systems. Near the beginning of each week, expect updated pre-release versions of iOS 12.1, watchOS 5.1, and tvOS 12.1. Today is the fourth round.

These include some hotly-anticipated features, but leave Apple Watch Series 4 users up on the air.

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


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Get in on the new betas while they're hot.
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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.

Fresh iOS, macOS, watchOS, tvOS betas head to developers


FaceTime group calls iOS 12
With updates now in beta, iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch.will all support Group FaceTime.
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Apple is plugging away at updates for all its operating systems, and just came out with no less than four new betas exclusively for developers. These are the second pre-release versions of iOS 12.1, macOS 10.14.1, watchOS 5.1, and tvOS 12.1.

In a somewhat unusual circumstance, the highlight of three of these disparate updates is the same feature: Group FaceTime.  

The first iOS 12.1 beta is already here


iOS 12
iOS 12 just got a new beta.
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Apple is not wasting any time making improvements to the huge iOS 12 update that was just released to the public yesterday.

Developers received the first beta for iOS 12.1 this morning along with new betas for watchOS 5 and tvOS 12, bring a host of changes to the software update that already made iOS devices faster and more efficient.

watchOS 5 and tvOS 12 can now be installed by everyone


watchOS 5
watchOS 5 turns Apple Watch into a walkie-talkie
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Apple TV and Apple Watch owners received some new software goodies this morning in the form of tvOS 12 and watchOS 5, coinciding with the public launch of iOS 12.

While tvOS 12 only contains a couple of changes with new screensavers and Dolby Atmos support, watchOS 5 packs some big updates that make wearing an Apple Watch even more useful by turning it into a walkie-talkie, letting you compete with friends and more.

Check out some of the new features:

Fresh new betas of iOS 12, macOS Mojave arrive for developers and the public


There are new iOS 12 beta versions for developers and the public, as the same is true for macOS Mojave.
This isn't even all the devices that will run the betas Apple released today.
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Monday is Beta Day at Apple. Today brought shiny new versions of iOS 12 and macOS Mojave. The newest versions are only for developers, but the public just got access to the iOS 12 and Mojave betas released to developers last week.

New betas of watchOS 5 and tvOS 12 for devs also launched today.

Apple drops fifth betas for iOS 12, macOS Mojave, tvOS 12 and watchOS 5


Photos app
The new and improved Photos app on iOS 12.
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Apple’s new betas for iOS 12 are coming out like clockwork with the fifth beta build arriving this morning nearly two weeks after the last beta dropped.

Developers received iOS 12 beta 5 this morning along with new betas for tvOS 12, watchOS 5 and macOS Mojave. Each new build contains a number of fixes as Apple readies the new software for a public launch this fall.

tvOS 12 brilliantly fixes the biggest password pain on Apple TV


Apple TV
Apple TV uses Siri remote to prompt nearby iPhones for passwords.
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Apple TV is about to get a lot more friendly when it comes to inputting passwords and PINs.

Entering passwords on Apple TV has been one of the biggest pain-points on its entire existence. But starting with tvOS 12, Apple is giving its box the ability to prompt all nearby iPhones to enter a password, even if you’ve never connected to that Apple TV.

Here’s how it works: