Apple just released the iOS 12 GM, here's everything you need to know

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Following Apple's "Gather Round" event, the company released the Gold Master of iOS 12 to beta testers ahead of public release. Here's everything that changed.

This year, Apple had an unusually thorough beta period, issuing more evaluation versions than ever before. This comprehensive process has yielded a very stable and speedy iOS 12 GM.

After running a few Geekbench trials, the tests reveal largely the same improvements to performance we saw in the late stages of the beta process.

In the past, Apple has included new wallpapers in the GM, almost like an unspoken yearly tradition. The iOS 12 release bucks that trend, with no new wallpapers to be found. Those looking for the new images splashed on the iPhone XS and iPhone XR will need to look elsewhere, as the wallpapers appear to be exclusive to those phones.

While iOS 12 won't be officially released to the masses until Sept. 17, anyone is able to upgrade to the GM now by signing up for Apple's Public Beta program. Going to from your device and signing up will allow you to upgrade to the beta now, rather than waiting on the public release next week.

As we wait for the full release of iOS 12, check out all of AppleInsider's features on the biggest changes coming with this major update for iPhone and iPad.

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