Apple has offered public beta versions of iOS 12.1 and tvOS 12.1 for testing only two days after it released the first developer built in the new test cycle, with the iOS Beta Group FaceTime returning to public testing.
The first public beta releases are available for download by users who participated in the testing program via the Apple Beta Software Program website. From a functional point of view, public beta content should be comparable to the most recent beta for developers, which were published on Mondays.
The most important addition to the iOS 12.1 developer beta, which reflects the public version, is the return of Group FaceTime, a feature that allows up to 32 people to join a videoconference together with support for MeMojis. Although the feature was part of beta & # 39; s as part of iOS 12, it was removed for the final public release, with Apple planning to send it in a later update.
AppleInsider, as well as Apple itself, advise against installing beta releases on mission-critical hardware because of the potential for data loss. Those interested in beta testing should use secondary devices and back up important data before installing or running updates.