Apple, it would seem, has turned the beta cycles machine to 11. Over the course of the past few weeks, we have seen a steady flow of betas for MacOS, iOS, WatchOS and tvOS. That trend continued late yesterday with the release of iOS 12.1 to both the developer and public beta channels.
iOS 12.1 is the first major update that will hit iOS 12. It will include, most notably, Group FaceTime, but will also have other enhancements including 70 new emoji for you to enjoy. The third beta of 12.1 comes eight days after the second beta, a pace that has been in line with other beta cycles on iOS and other Apple platforms.
What made this beta interesting was that Apple released both the developer and public beta builds at the same time. Usually, Apple will release the developer channel build first, give it a day or two, then release the public version. This is to assure that if there are any show stopping bugs, it only impacts developers – a group use to dealing with shop stopping bugs. Apparently, in this case at least, Apple felt confident enough to release the build to both channels at the same time.
If you are registered in the Apple Beta Program, you should have the ability to download Beta 3 of iOS 12.1 now through the Settings on your iPhone. As always, Average Apple Guy does not recommend you install beta software on your primary iPhone or iPad. It is beta software and you could find a bug or misbehaving feature that impacts your day-to-day use of your iPhone.