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Apple issues fourth public beta of iOS 12, tvOS 12, macOS 10.14 Mojave



Apple continues to cut down its upcoming operating system updates ahead of expected release this fall by giving participants their public beta program with a fourth deployment of both iOS 12, macOS 10.14 and tvOS 12 to test out.

The fourth public beta releases are available for downloading users enrolled in the test program through the Apple Beta Software Program website. Functionally, the public beta should be equal in content to the latest developer beta, issued yesterday.

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Apple has made iOS 12 more useful for owners of older iPhones and iPads, with enhancements aimed at improving the experience of these devices, along with newer models. IPads owners will also be able to use some extra moves and see notification group features borrowed from iPhone X.

Digital health is a focus in the new version, including the Screen Time feature that can be used to monitor app usage and restrict access to apps in order to Help reduce user dependence on specific types of apps, such as games or social networks.

Updated versions of storage applications, including news, weather, shares and voice memos, are included in iOS 12, along with a brand new first-party app "Measure", which will use ARKit to determine the dimensions of real-world objects using the rear of the device camera.

Other updates to the operating system include third party map support for CarPlay, MeMoji, FaceTime group and the new Siri shortcuts.

macOS 10.14 Mojave

Productivity changes are of major importance in MacOS Mojave, including the introduction of Stabler, a feature that moves from dock to desktop that can be used to group files by writing automatic. Finder changes include a gallery view showing the media and its metadata, along with a set of contextual quick actions that can be used to perform custom automation actions on files.

Quick Look has been updated to allow users access to Markup without leaving the menu, and for videos, the ability to trim clips without requiring a separate editor. A new HUD screen makes it easier to take pictures and videos of the Mac desktop while reducing the load on the processor.

A new feature continuity camera can be used to insert images into a document on macOS retrieved from a nearby iOS device camera. The shot is automatically transferred to the macOS app without having to send the image manually, such as AirDrop.

Apple informed developers at WWDC about an ongoing project to allow iOS apps to run on macOS, with a number of first-party applications used to try the technology. News, stocks and voice memos are the ported iOS apps designed to run on macOS, along with the home app, that can be used to manage a HomeKit network.

The Mac App Store is updated, borrowing a number of aspects from the iOS App Store, including video previews of apps. Machine Learning Technology Team ML and Core ML2 are included, as well as a new Dark Mode interface that makes the MacOS interface a darker shade.

tvOS 12

A major change to tvOS 12 is the inclusion of support for Dolby Atmos surround sound that can find sounds in 3D room for viewer without relying on setup discrete channels like traditional home theater systems. Several home control systems will also connect the remote controls to Apple TV in the release, and will also include support for Siri interactions.

The inclusion of autofill across devices will allow users to sign in to apps on Apple TV using an iPhone or iPad ID, saving time from having to re-enter them. For some cable services, single sign-in can be null login, with Apple TV automatically signing users into channel apps after discovering which network provider's network is being used and the channel pack.

Several cable services have also announced that they want to use Apple TV as an alternative to the cable box. Charter Spectrum intends to use Apple TV later in 2018, with France's Canal + and Switzerland Salt also set to do the same.

The famous Aerial screensaver will get a new "Earth" view, showing the planet as filmed from the International Space Station. While in Aerial, users can also see more details about depicted locations by swiping and pressing.

AppleInsider and Apple itself recommend installing beta releases on mission-critical hardware due to the possibility of data loss. Those who are interested in testing the beta should use secondary devices and keep backups of important data before installing or performing updates.

Find any changes to the new betas? Reach us at Twitter at @AppleInsider or @Andrew_OSU or send Andrew an email at andrew@AppleInsider.com.


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