Apple has released the fifth developer beta of iOS 12 for compatible iPhone and iPad models. The new iOS developer beta 5 update comes with bunch of new features which include darker Control Center controls and a new splash screen for the preloaded Photos app. Similarly, there is an imagery to suggest the development of an all-new AirPods that may include wireless charging support. The iOS developer beta 5 sets the stage for the first public release of iOS 12 that is likely to debut sometime in September.
In the list of added features, iOS 12 developer beta 5 has references to “second SIM status” and a second SIM tray status”, as spotted by 9to5mac. The new version has a component called “dual sim device” to suggest the development of a dual-SIM iPhone model.
The presence of dual-SIM card option on the iPhone, if it becomes reality, will let users easily use two carriers simultaneously. A large number of Android smartphone vendors in markets such as India and China are already offering dual-SIM support on their flagships.
Keeping the dual-SIM support aside, as Apple Insider notes, iOS 12 developer beta 5 brings darker controls under Control Center and an increased Wallpaper saturation. The update also reportedly included new icons for media type albums in the Photos app alongside a new splash screen. Further, there is a new AirPods case imagery that apparently reveals a design change and the presence of Qi standard-based wireless charging. Apple also added tweaks such as a ‘Share Across Devices’ toggle in the Screen Time section and a smaller text for the Clear All Notifications button to clear all the notifications. There are additionally new connecting and disconnecting tones for FaceTime.
The latest iOS developer beta also reveals new HomePod capabilities. These capabilities are designed to let users send and read messages, add reminders, create notes, and make phone calls using HomePod will be available sometime in future through the ‘Personal Requests’ feature. A HomePod OS private beta last week suggested the availability of voice call support through Apple’s smart speaker. Presently, users can’t directly make phone calls using the HomePod, though there is an option to transfer calls from an iPhone to the HomePod and use it as a speakerphone.
How to download iOS 12 developer preview 5
Apple users with all iOS 11-running iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch models are eligible to get iOS 12 developer beta 5. This means the new version can be downloaded on devices including the iPhone 5s and later models, all iPad Air and iPad Pro models, iPad fifth generation and later models, iPad mini 2 and later models, and the iPod touch sixth generation.
Incase you are installing the iOS 12 developer beta for the first time, you need to begin the process by signing in to the Apple Developer Center. Alternatively, you can enrol in the Apple Beta software program with your Apple ID and get the latest experience through a new public beta version. It is recommended to install the beta software on a secondary iOS device as it may include some serious bugs. You are advised to backup your device before beginning the download process.
If you’re among the users who tested any previous developer or public beta release, you can download the latest version by going to Settings > General > Software Update. The device should have at least 50 percent battery or connected to the charger to install the update. You can also enable the Automatic Updates option from the Software Update screen to receive the future public beta releases automatically.