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Everything new in iOS 12 beta 2 for iPhone and iPad

Apple with the second beta release of iOS 12 further tuned its upcoming operating system with a number of system-wide tweaks and refinements. AppleInsider details everything new in our hands-on video.

iOS 12 Beta 2



Apple seeded beta 2 just two weeks after iOS 12 debuted onstage at WWDC 2018. This major update for iPhone and iPad has new Memoji characters, digital health features, Group FaceTime, redesigned notifications and a whole lot more. So far, AppleInsider has been able to track down a total of 150 new features.

As far as what has changed since the original beta, the list is considerably smaller; AppleInsider managed to dig up over 30 changes in beta 2. Watch our quick video to see the updates for yourself.




Notable changes




  • Battery stats have been redesigned

  • In the Home app, cameras have been removed from "Notifications" section

  • In Home app, Locks has become "Doors and Locks" in Notifications section

  • In Home app,Locks (now Doors and Locks) has new icon in Notifications section

  • In Home app, Blinds has new icon in Notifications section

  • Screen Time automatically turned off in beta 2, needs re-enabled

  • New splash screen for Screen Time

  • Removed toggle for clearing Screen Time data

  • Interface for adding time limits to apps from the main Screen Time screen has been tweaked

  • Tapping on an app displays more info on the app in Screen Time

  • Toggle off Siri Suggestions for individual apps in Settings

  • New iCloud Keychain modal

  • New location icon in status bar

  • iPad gets pull down handle for Control Center on Lock Screen

  • In Spotlight, new arrows for shortcuts to apps

  • Podcasts app shows Now Playing indicator on current chapter

  • iMessages preview animation on Lock Screen (and other preview animations) looks great

  • New SIM pin unlock screen

  • Time Travel removed from Watch app

  • Smaller text in App Store search

  • In Photos, Albums and media type names are larger

  • Face ID animations are quicker

  • Spotlight now listed in Browse section of News app

  • AM and PM show on iPad status bar clock

  • AirPlay icon is now blue when connected in Music Lock Screen widget

  • Suggestion animation in Spotlight is much smoother

  • Carrier info back in Settings

  • When signing in with Face ID, now says "Scanning with Face ID"

  • New splash screen for Voice Memos app

  • New splash screen for Shortcuts in Spotlight

  • iPhone apps running on iPad now use larger iPhone 6 version