iOS 18 Beta 3 Available to Download Now for iPhone & iPad

Jul 9, 2024 - Leave a Comment

iOS 18 beta and iPadOS 18 beta

Apple has issued iOS 18 beta 3 for iPhone, along with iPadOS 18 beta 3 for iPad.

iOS 18 and iPadOS 18 include a variety of new features for iPhone and iPad, from new Dark Mode icon and widget themes for the Home Screen, color hued icon customizations, the ability to customize Control Center, improvements to Safari and Notes, significant changes to the Photos app GUI, tons of new AI ‘Apple Intelligence’ capabilities and features like ChatGPT being linked to Siri, and much more.
Beta 3 of iOS 18 and iPadOS 18 are available as developer beta downloads for users enrolled in the Apple Developer programs. Because anyone can enroll to become a developer, this makes it possible for any adventurous user to install either iOS 18 beta or iPadOS 18 beta on their iPhone or iPad, respectively. Be aware that beta system software is much buggier than final versions, making this really only appropriate for advanced users, and with secondary devices.

Aside from iPhone and iPad, beta testers will also find tvoS 18 beta 3, watchOS 11 beta 3, and visionOS 2 beta 3. macOS Sequoia beta 3 is curiously absent, at the moment.

How to Download iOS 18 Beta 3 or iPadOS 18 Beta 3 onto iPhone or iPad

Before anything else, backup your iPhone or iPad to iCloud and locally to your computer with Finder or iTunes.

  1. Open “Settings” app on the iPhone or iPad enrolled in the beta program
  2. Go to “General”, and then choose “Software Update”
  3. Select to “Update Now” to install iOS 18 beta 3 or iPadOS 18 beta 3 onto the device

iOS 18 beta 3 download

iPadOS 18 beta 3 download

The iPhone or iPad will restart to complete installation.

If you’re not in the beta testing track, as most Apple device users are not, then you will find the latest available system software versions are instead iOS 17.5.1, iPadOS 17.5.1, macOS Sonoma 14.5 , macOS Ventura 13.6.7, and macOS Monterey 12.7.5, watchOS 10.5, tvOS 17.5, and iOS 16.7.8 and iPadOS 16.7.8.

The final version of iOS 18 and iPadOS 18 will be released this fall, according to Apple.


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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPad, iPhone, News

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