Just six days after the release of dev beta 3, developers now have their hands on the fourth iOS 12.1 beta. While Apple has recently followed a lengthy and inconsistent release schedule with its beta software, the company seems to want to keep testers happy with 12.1 — beta 4 might have come less than the standard seven days after beta 3, but at least it's here quickly.
Beta 4 does not appear to offer any new features or major changes from the third beta — instead, testers should expect minor bug fixes and security patches, standard for most beta updates. That said, we will continue to monitor this version, and will update this article with any new information.
To download and update your iPhone to iOS 12.1 dev beta 4, you first need to be a registered developer with a valid configuration profile. If you have iOS 12's new "Automatic Updates" enabled, you can let the software update overnight. To download the beta right now, however, launch the Settings app, select "General," then "Software Update." Tap "Download and Install," then follow the on-screen prompts to download and install iOS 12.1 dev beta 4.
Apple's iOS 12.1 offers plenty of new features for iPhone owners upgrading from iOS 12. One that will peek the interest of many users is the collection of new emoji, more than 70 in all. Among them include red hair, gray hair, and curly hair, as well as a new bald emoji, plus new entries in sports, food, animals, and more.
You won't just be getting new emoji with your upgrade, however. Make sure to check out our complete list of the cool, new features coming to iOS 12.1.