One month of iOS 12 public beta

After having used the ios 12 public beta 2 on an iPhone 6 plus for around a month, I must say, it is better than ios 11 in terms of features.

Although I did not notice the fast performance that was advertised at WWDC 2018, other features more than make up for it.

Grouped notifications

It is such a convenience. Dealing with notifications is so much easier now. You can manage, clear, open notifications all from the lock screen now. Notifications from individual apps are grouped together. All you have to do is swipe left to clear multiple notifications from a single app.

Auto fill security codes

A lot of payment apps send short security codes or PINS as text messages to your mobile number, which you have to copy/memorize and then enter in the app to approve payment. IOS 12 eliminates this hassle by giving you an option to auto fill the code from your last text message.

Screen time

This feature is very useful for people who want to monitor and restrict their usage of certain apps. It also gives information on number of times the phone was picked up. This number on my phone was a surprise to me.

The messages app is a little buggy. When the app is opened, many times the latest messages are not displayed and some times after reading a new message, when you go back to the conversation list, the just read message is still displayed as unread. I solve this by clearing the app from memory and relaunching it. This usually solves the problem but doing this many times in a day is irritating. I know, this is a beta release.

Almost all apps force close frequently, including the camera app, including in the middle of taking a photo. The browser reloads pages frequently.

I haven’t tried the other features like group face time yet…

I do not recommend using the ios 12 beta on your main or only phone. There are bugs and it is after all a beta release, released for testing and reporting.

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