How to jump the queue and get iOS 12 on your iPhone TODAY for lots of new features

Apple recently took the wraps off its latest version of iOS at a big development conference in California.

Although it’s not due to launch for a few months yet, eager Apple fans can get the pre-release version of iOS 12 on their iPhone or iPad today.

That’s because the tech company has made the public beta version available for those that want to help test it out.

If you’re interested, you can download it by following this link .

Beta programs usually contain the odd bug or two as software companies use them to iron out the final kinks before sending it out as an update to all users.

Apple announces iOS 12

Plenty of users have been looking forward to iOS 12 as it brings with it a few new features for your iPhone and iPad.

According to Apple exec Craig Federighi, the new software will boost performance on older Apple gadgets so apps launch 40% faster while the keyboard comes up 50% faster when you need to tap out a message.

He also said that the camera app on older iPhones and iPads will open 70% faster once iOS 12 is installed.

Amazingly, some of the biggest new features of iOS are actually designed to make you use your iPhone LESS often.

Caps can be set on things like Instagram or WhatsApp to keep you focused and after the allocated time restriction, your device will block the app from working.

There will also be new ways to manage notifications in order to cut down on distracting messages appearing on your screen and an updated Do Not Disturb setting.

Daily and weekly updates of your iPhone or iPad usage will be available through Screen Time, which even shows you how often you pick up your device.

There have also been some improvements to Siri, Apple’s voice assistant.

A new feature called “shortcuts” lets third-party apps access and use Siri. An example shown on-stage was using Siri to say “I’ve lost my keys” and activate a linked up Tile bluetooth tracker that’s attached to your car keys.

Apple hasn’t forgotten animojis, either.

As well as now recognising when you stick out your tongue, Apple also introduced some new characters – like a ghost and a T-Rex.

There’s also now the option to create a cartoon version of your own face. Apple is calling it “Memoji” and you’ll probably start seeing a lot of them over the next few months.

Lastly, there’s finally the ability to have a group chat in FaceTime.

You can have up to 32 people in the same call and can even add Memoji’s to people’s faces.

Group FaceTime will work on iPhone, iPad and Mac while there’s an audio-only option for Apple Watch.

Of course, some or all of these features may not be 100% perfect in the beta version, but the more people that sign up to it, the better chance Apple has of fixing everything before releasing the software officially.

“As a member of the Apple Beta Software Program, you’ll be able to enroll your devices to access the public betas and try out the latest features,” the company says.

“You can provide feedback directly to Apple using the Feedback Assistant app.”

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