Following the release of macOS Mojave 10.14.2 beta 2, Apple on Wednesday released new betas to developers for iOS 12.1.1, tvOS 12.1.1 and watchOS 5.1.2. It’s the second beta for the iOS and tvOS updates, and the first for watchOS.
macOS Mojave has several features that tighten security, including an improved Gatekeeper feature that enforces code signing and verifies downloaded apps before allowing them to run. Today, Apple issued a reminder to developers to get their Mac software notarized so customers have increased confidence that it’s not known malware.
iOS 12.1 includes support for eSIM on the new iPhones, but you’ll need to wait until your carrier flips it on before being able to enjoy the benefits of dual-SIM functionality, like using two different plans and phone numbers at the same time, or keeping your phone line while using a local data plan when traveling.
Apple’s new watch brings a pair of faces specifically designed for the new complication families. Learn about the engaging, full-color complication on Series 4 and how they take full advantage of the new, rounder, fifteen percent larger display.
The new iPhones feature updated hardware for NFC which supports background tag reading. This permits the new phones to scan for and reads NFC tags without requiring users to launch an app for that beforehand.
Starting March 2019, all new iPhone and universal iOS apps and their updates must be built with the iOS 12 SDK and support the new iPhone XS Max, Apple’s highest-resolution iPhone yet. All new watch apps and updates will need to be built with the watchOS 5 SDK and support the new Apple Watch Series 4.
iOS 10 included a CallKit framework that brought a system-wide way for customers to use specialized apps on their iPhone, like Hiya and TrueCaller, that automatically identify and block nuisance calls before the phone even rings. With iOS 12, Apple started allowing developers to write new types of call-blocking extensions that gather information from the user before deciding whether to report or block the number.