Earlier on Monday, Apple released the fifth beta of iOS 12 to developers. AppleInsider has been digging through this most recent release and we have assembled a long list of everything that has changed this time around.
Of note this time around, the saturation on wallpapers have been increased, reversing a change we saw a few betas back that upset some users.
We also have more splash screens and explainers being added, which will be helpful for those upgrading once iOS 12 is released and wondering what is new.
The last big change is that it appears once iOS 12 finally launches in the fall, the Battery Health feature will be officially leaving beta. Battery Health was first added with iOS 11.3 to address the concerns of throttling on older devices with degraded batteries. It gave users the option of either throttling their devices or dealing with subpar performance and occasional restarts.
Full list of changes
- Control Center controls are now darker
- Wallpaper saturation has increased
- Lyric Search explainer in Apple Music
- New splash screen for Photos app
- New icons for media type albums in Photos
- "Share Across Devices" toggle in Screen Time
- Use Screen Time passcode above toggle instead of towards bottom (similar location overall)
- Family members removed from Screen Time section (still under Apple ID > Family Sharing
- Apple Watch app third party data sources list is pared down
- Smaller text for clearing all notifications
- Battery Health lost beta designation
- Stock Widget size change
- When setting wallpaper on non-iPhone X, icon in Share Sheet has a ring around the Home button
- News app has updated icons (Thanks Gradly!)
- New hapitc feedback on iPhone X when all apps are closed in App Switcher (Thanks Daniel Halawi!)
- Includes new AirPods case imagery that appear to show off an upcoming design change, possibly the new Qi charging case
- FaceTime has new connecting/disconnecting tones
iOS 12 beta 5 was released alongside the latest betas of watchOS 5, macOS Mojave, and tvOS 12. Apple is expected to release all of these updates this fall, most likely alongside new iPhones and iPads.
Apple's latest beta also tip the company's hand on future HomePod capabilities. As noted by 9to5Mac, today's beta confirms a future HomePod firmware update will bring phone call support to Apple's smart speaker.
Modified text in HomePod's personal requests setup pane reads, "Allow anyone to use this HomePod to send and read messages, add reminders, create notes, make phone calls, and more with this iPhone when it is connected to the same Wi-Fi network." Previously, the pop-up window lacked language specifying access to an iPhone's telephone abilities.
Today's finding provides confirmation of rumors last week claiming Apple is testing voice calls and other new features as part of a private firmware beta. According to reports, a future HomePod software update will allow users to place outbound calls, answer inbound calls, redial numbers, search call logs, perform emergency calls and to listen to voicemail.