iOS 12.1 Beta 3 Available for Testing
Beta testers of Apple system software will find that iOS 12.1 beta 3 is now available for iPhone and iPad enrolled in the beta testing programs for iOS.
Additionally, watchOS 5.1 beta 3 and tvOS 12.1 beta 3 are available for users participating in the beta testing programs for Apple Watch and Apple TV.
Separately, macOS Mojave 10.14.1 beta 3 is available for Mac beta testers as well.
iOS 12.1 beta 3 includes support for group FaceTime video conversations, real-time depth of field adjustment for iPhone XS and iPhone XS MAX cameras, and also includes support for over 70 new Emoji icons, including a lobster, head of lettuce, bagel, llama, raccoon, kangaroo, frisbee, compass, mosquito, and a variety of people Emoji with different hairstyles and hair colors. iOS 12.1 beta also likely includes a number of bug fixes and feature enhancements to address issues discovered with the iOS 12 release, and to further refine the iOS 12 experience.
Users enrolled in iOS 12 beta testing programs will find the iOS 12.1 beta 3 update available now form the Software Update mechanism of the Settings app in iOS.
If you do not see iOS 12.1 beta 3 available then you’re likely not enrolled in the iOS beta testing program. If you were running a prior iOS 12 beta release but updated to the final version and then left the iOS 12 beta testing program then you would need to enroll the device back in the beta testing program by installing the beta profile again.
The watchOS 5.1 beta 3 update and tvOS 12.1 beta 3 update are available through those devices respective Settings apps as well, assuming those devices are also enrolled in beta testing programs.
Beta testing system software is intended for advanced users, developers, and those who want to test beta versions of upcoming operating system releases for other reasons. The vast majority of casual users should not run beta system software, which is notoriously less stable and more prone to bugs when compared to final stable builds of system software.
The most recent final stable build of iOS available is currently iOS 12.0.1 which was just released as a software update with multiple bug fixes for iPhone and iPad devices which are running iOS 12.