iOS 12 Public Beta 3: Post Prime Day Blues

iOS 12 Public Beta 3: Post Prime Day Blues

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But I don’t remember buying 25 Echo Dots!Julia Kuzenkov via Pexels

In what’s becoming a trend, Apple is releasing their latest iOS 12 Public Beta test as we recover from previous day excesses. Public Beta 2 was fireworks and backyard BBQs, Public Beta 3 is as we blearily rise and look at our credit card statements…and wish we were still asleep.

That’s right, this post-Prime Day, the best gift for your iDevice is 100% free (except for potential device-wiping bugs, but hey, that’s what the thrill’s about, right?). Apple has release iOS 12 Public Beta 3 on the heels of Developer Beta 4.

For those of you who took my advice to not turn on automatic software updates as a challenge, you’re already updated (or will be when you plug your iDevice in). For everyone else, head to Settings > General > Software Update and get the download started.

While you wait, here’s what’s been fixed, what’s still busted, and what’s new for Public Beta 3.

What’s Fixed

  • Were you tearing your hair out because you couldn’t get your Fortnite fix or your favorite Netflix show stopped streaming? Tear no more. Both apps should now work as expected.
  • That workout route that vaporized upon completion? It’s back, baby!
  • If you’re in the Calendar app, you can now be confident that the event your looking at is actually supposed to be on that day.
  • You can register for FaceTime with your phone number again.
  • If you were having issues with Screen Time and your kid’s devices, try again. With this update, Apple has fixed a whole slew of bugs (though still not all).
  • Spotlight search results will no longer improperly weight internet results over local device results.
  • Want to sync Voice Memos to iTunes? Now you can do exactly that.

What’s Still Broken

  • Seeing non-localized language in localized text? Yeah, that’s still an issue.
  • iOS 12 still hates T-Mobile and will drop 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.
  • Wallet opens. Wallet crashes.

What’s New

  • Like installing apps? Then this one will make you cringe. You may receive error messages when trying to install apps (so maybe download anything you wanted to test out with iOS 12 before you upgrade to Public Beta 3).
  • It’s not your cell carrier, it’s your iPhone X. It might display the wrong signal strength on the Lock screen.
  • Siri Shortcuts may not work in CarPlay, on a HomePod, or when the device is locked.

What’s Foiling Hackers

One interesting feature that I didn’t realize was a feature is the new iOS 12 USB security protocols. After working out, I would hop in the car, plug my iPhone X into my CarPlay stereo as usual and inevitably groan as it buzzed at me that it needed me to unlock it before I could use it.

It’s not a bug, it’s a feature. iOS 12 requires you to unlock your iDevice when using a USB accessory after it’s been locked for an hour. If that drives you nuts, you can disable the feature by selecting Settings > FaceID & Passcode and turning on USB Accessories. Be aware that enabling feature this leaves you open to physical attempts to hack your device.

If you’re really paranoid, you can enable the Erase Data option which will wipe your device after 10 unsuccessful passcode attempts. While I see the use case scenario for this option, I’m loathe to enable anything that will automatically erase all the data on my phone. I’m leaving this one off for now.

What’s Next for iOS 12

Well, my "every week a Beta" prediction didn’t pan out. So let’s assume we’ll be chilling with Public Beta 3 until the beginning of August. Sometime between July 30 and August 3, we’ll see Public Beta 4.

Take a good long look at the lists above. If any of those bugs seem like they could "irk your calm," think twice about downloading the latest update. If you need to downgrade back to iOS 11.4, follow my downgrade guide.

Everyone else, keep reporting those bugs (just maybe don’t look at your credit card bill until after the Amazon boxes start arriving).

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But I don’t remember buying 25 Echo Dots!Julia Kuzenkov via Pexels

In what’s becoming a trend, Apple is releasing their latest iOS 12 Public Beta test as we recover from previous day excesses. Public Beta 2 was fireworks and backyard BBQs, Public Beta 3 is as we blearily rise and look at our credit card statements…and wish we were still asleep.

That’s right, this post-Prime Day, the best gift for your iDevice is 100% free (except for potential device-wiping bugs, but hey, that’s what the thrill’s about, right?). Apple has release iOS 12 Public Beta 3 on the heels of Developer Beta 4.

For those of you who took my advice to not turn on automatic software updates as a challenge, you’re already updated (or will be when you plug your iDevice in). For everyone else, head to Settings > General > Software Update and get the download started.

While you wait, here’s what’s been fixed, what’s still busted, and what’s new for Public Beta 3.

What’s Fixed

  • Were you tearing your hair out because you couldn’t get your Fortnite fix or your favorite Netflix show stopped streaming? Tear no more. Both apps should now work as expected.
  • That workout route that vaporized upon completion? It’s back, baby!
  • If you’re in the Calendar app, you can now be confident that the event your looking at is actually supposed to be on that day.
  • You can register for FaceTime with your phone number again.
  • If you were having issues with Screen Time and your kid’s devices, try again. With this update, Apple has fixed a whole slew of bugs (though still not all).
  • Spotlight search results will no longer improperly weight internet results over local device results.
  • Want to sync Voice Memos to iTunes? Now you can do exactly that.

What’s Still Broken

  • Seeing non-localized language in localized text? Yeah, that’s still an issue.
  • iOS 12 still hates T-Mobile and will drop 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.
  • Wallet opens. Wallet crashes.

What’s New

  • Like installing apps? Then this one will make you cringe. You may receive error messages when trying to install apps (so maybe download anything you wanted to test out with iOS 12 before you upgrade to Public Beta 3).
  • It’s not your cell carrier, it’s your iPhone X. It might display the wrong signal strength on the Lock screen.
  • Siri Shortcuts may not work in CarPlay, on a HomePod, or when the device is locked.

What’s Foiling Hackers

One interesting feature that I didn’t realize was a feature is the new iOS 12 USB security protocols. After working out, I would hop in the car, plug my iPhone X into my CarPlay stereo as usual and inevitably groan as it buzzed at me that it needed me to unlock it before I could use it.

It’s not a bug, it’s a feature. iOS 12 requires you to unlock your iDevice when using a USB accessory after it’s been locked for an hour. If that drives you nuts, you can disable the feature by selecting Settings > FaceID & Passcode and turning on USB Accessories. Be aware that enabling feature this leaves you open to physical attempts to hack your device.

If you’re really paranoid, you can enable the Erase Data option which will wipe your device after 10 unsuccessful passcode attempts. While I see the use case scenario for this option, I’m loathe to enable anything that will automatically erase all the data on my phone. I’m leaving this one off for now.

What’s Next for iOS 12

Well, my “every week a Beta” prediction didn’t pan out. So let’s assume we’ll be chilling with Public Beta 3 until the beginning of August. Sometime between July 30 and August 3, we’ll see Public Beta 4.

Take a good long look at the lists above. If any of those bugs seem like they could “irk your calm,” think twice about downloading the latest update. If you need to downgrade back to iOS 11.4, follow my downgrade guide.

Everyone else, keep reporting those bugs (just maybe don’t look at your credit card bill until after the Amazon boxes start arriving).

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