Apple has released iOS 12.3 beta 6 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The update is available via Apple Developer Center as a complete firmware download, as well as an OTA update for users who have the developer or public beta profile installed on their iOS devices. Here’s everything new in this update.
iOS 12.3 was released just 2 days after the release of iOS 12.2 which shipped with a number of new features like Apple News+, Remote and AirPlay 2 enhancements, new Animojis, Wallet UI updates, Safari updates as well as other minor changes, bugs and security fixes. iOS 12.3 will likely be the last major update before iOS 13, which would be announced at WWDC 2019 and released in fall this year.
It is expected that the new beta will have the new Apple TV app, which Apple will be releasing to the public in May. So this would be a good time so start beta testing it before release.
Update: Final version of iOS 12.3 is now available.
iOS 12.3 beta 6
On May 10, Apple released this new beta unexpectedly, without any updates for other betas. Build number is 16F5156a. It’s a small 77.3 MB update (on iPhone X) so not much new here.
iOS 12.3 beta 5
Build number is 16F5155a and released to developers on May 7. Nothing new in release notes.
iOS 12.3 beta 4
Build number is 16F5148a and it was released to developers and public beta testers on 29 April.
- The TV app now has a free HBO trial.
- Resolved an issue that prevented iOS 12.3 from being installed on devices running previous iOS versions.
iOS 12.3 beta 3
Build number is 16F5139e. Released on April 22 to developers. Public beta was released on April 23.
Release notes list the following features:
- Support for the Reiwa (令和) era of the Japanese calendar, which begins on May 1, 2019, is now available.
These resolved issues are also mentioned:
- The Accessibility Events switch was removed, because related aspects of the W3C AOM effort are no longer applicable.
- Resolved an issue that caused unexpected behavior while changing the system time ahead to May 1 when using a device with the system language and calendar set to Japanese.
iOS 12.3 beta 2
Build number is 16F5129d. Released on April 8 to developers. Public beta released on April 9.
No release notes from Apple.
Here are the changes we have found so far:
- Transaction history list for Apple Pay in Wallet app has changed. It now shows location data for every transaction, while the icons are gone. If you open any transaction, it also shows a map with the exaction location pin.
- Palm rejection seems to be working fine on most iPads again.
- EPIX is now available as a channel in the TV app.
iOS 12.3 beta
The first beta release has the build number 16F5117h and was released on March 27. It is 2.78 GB in size. The public beta was released on March 28.
There are no release notes posted by Apple so far. Here are the new features and changes:
- New Apple TV app icon
- New Apple TV app
- New Apple TV widget
Here are some more screenshots from the new Apple TV app. This is the new home screen/Watch Now section. It lists Up Next, What to Watch and lots of recommendations for content to stream, buy or rent from different channels.
This is how a channel page looks like. You see the popular content, and an option to subscribe. The channels are available for a 1 week free trial.
The new movie pages look gorgeous with immersive artwork. The details are also laid out in multiple carousels.
If you try to watch sports and don’t have the app installed, the TV app will ask you if you want to install it. Also, unlike Apple’s claim that they don’t know what you watch, there is information shared with the channels.
Installing iOS 12.3 beta
iOS 12.3 is compatible with the following iOS devices:
- iPhone 5s and later models
- iPod touch 6th generation
- iPad Air and later models
- iPad mini 2 and later models
- All iPad Pro models
To download and install the beta, you must have an Apple Developer Center membership, which usually costs $99/year. Once registered, you can download a developer beta profile that can be installed on your iOS device to enable it to receive the developer beta updates.
Apple also has a public beta software testing program. Users can enroll in this program using just their Apple ID. Apple usually releases beta releases slightly later than their developer counterparts. The public betas are also more stable, however, they are still betas and could result in unpleasant experiences.