Summer is in full swing and things are heating up outside as well as with iOS 12 Beta testing. With August nearly here, Apple is nearly 30 days out from the full public release of their newest operating system. What that means for beta testers is potential future weekly beta releases as Apple releases iOS 12 Public Beta 4 on the heels of Developer Beta 5.
Automatic software updates available for those of you who aren’t using your primary device for testing. Your update will automatically happen when you next plug your iDevice in. For everyone else, head to Settings > General > Software Update and get the download started.
In the meantime, here’s what’s been fixed, what’s still busted, and what’s new for Public Beta 4.
- Error messages begone! If you encountered an error while installing apps in Public Beta 3, you shouldn’t see them again.
- Your cellular data signal indicator will again display an accurate amount (whether or not that’s a good thing depends on your service).
- Screen Time data will sync between devices – no more hiding your extra usage on your iPad or another phone!
- Have Siri Shortcuts that you want to use with CarPlay? They’re working again.
- Wallet will no longer unexpectedly crash
What’s Still Broken
- Seeing non-localized language in localized text is still an issue.
- iOS 12 and T-Mobile still haven’t made up. iOS 12 Public Beta 4 drops calls when handing off Wi-Fi calls to their network. Oops.
- Screen Time usage data and data still isn’t syncing between registered devices. Also the “Picked Up” data may be inflated due to synced devices.
Siri, What Are the New Issues?
- Siri has a case of app-nesia where she can’t open apps by name in CarPlay
- Like Uber? Like Lyft? Like the fact that Siri can give you ride share estimates without opening the app? Yeah, that last part is busted in Public Beta 4.
- Bluetooth accessories might flake out upon reboot or display the device address instead of device name
What’s Helping You Focus on Vacation
The new notification center management has been amazing in keeping me focused on not being focused on work while on vacation.
From a notification from your lock screen, swipe left and select Manage. From there, you can select to deliver notifications quietly (so that you’re not getting pinged constantly) or turn notifications off for that app entirely. You can also jump directly into the notification settings for that app and tweak things further if neither of those options work for you.
It’s exactly what you need to leave work at work for a few days while you soak up the rays.
What’s Next for iOS 12
We’re currently on a two week Public Beta schedule, but that’s not going to last forever. My guess is that, by mid-August, Apple will put the spurs to their developers and start pushing out once-a-week updates. But for now, while big, feature breaking, bugs are still popping up, they’re going to take things slower.
Before you download iOS 12 Public Beta 4, take a look at the lists above. You’re going to have to live with those bugs for around one to two weeks (or longer, some of those have been hanging around since Public Beta 1). If anything is going to break your workflow, you’d be better served by downgrading back to iOS 11.4, follow my downgrade guide and waiting till we get to the end of the iOS 12 testing cycle before jumping in again.
For those of you soldiering on, grab a shandy, dip your feet in the pool, and start downloading.