News: iOS 12.1 Public Beta 4 Is Out Right Now for iPhone Software Testers

iOS 12.1 Public Beta 4 Is Out Right Now for iPhone Software Testers

Good news for beta testers — Apple released iOS 12.1 beta 4 to public testers Monday, Oct. 15. The update comes just hours after the company seeded beta 4 to developers and only six days after all beta user received iOS 12.1 beta 3.

As of now, it appears public beta 4 offers users little in innovation. Rather, testers can look forward to minor bug fixes and security patches, so it's recommended that all testers download and install the beta as soon as possible. If we discover any new features present in beta 4, we will make sure to update this article.

To download and update your iPhone to iOS 12.1 public beta 4, you first need to be a public tester 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 public beta 4.

While beta 4 might not bring anything new to the table, iOS 12.1 as a whole sure does. One of the biggest features coming to iPhones is Group FaceTime. Originally planned for release as part of iOS 12, users can chat with up to 31 other friends in one FaceTime call. Right now, only users running the beta can access this feature.

That's not all that's changing with iOS 12.1. For all the new, interesting, and unique features soon to hit your iPhone, make sure to check out our list below.

Just updated your iPhone? You'll find new features for Podcasts, News, Books, and TV, as well as important security improvements and fresh wallpapers. Find out what's new and changed on your iPhone with the iOS 17.5 update.

Cover image and screenshots by Jake Peterson/Gadget Hacks

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