Want to check out all of the new features that Apple has added to iOS, the operating system for iPhones and iPads?
Starting Monday, you can. Apple has released the public beta version of iOS 12.
All you have to do is sign up with Apple to download it onto your phone.
You can sign up to test the iOS 12 beta here. After enrolling your device in the program, you can download a simple configuration profile from Apple, and then your phone will update to the beta software just like a typical update.
Before you install the iOS 12 public beta, you should be aware that it's pre-release software. There's a chance it could mess up your phone. There will be bugs and other errors — part of the reason that Apple releases public beta software is so that people using their phones in real life can find and help squash bugs before the official release comes out.
Thusly, there's always a chance, however slim, that you could lose your data or your phone might not work properly. If you're going to install this beta, you should back up your iPhone first.
Or, if you're nervous, you could wait until September, which is when the official release of iOS 12 is expected to come out.
There are a lot of reasons why you might want to install the public beta early. The new iOS has a lot of performance improvements, according to Apple, so it might make your old phone run faster.
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