Apple now has its ninth developer beta and seventh public betas out in the wild, allowing many, many people to get to grips with the release and to ensure that there are no show-stopping bugs like those which saw iOS 12 Developer Beta 7 released and then subsequently pulled amid horrific performance issues.
This means that Apple will have a good feel for where it is with its iOS 12 journey over the coming days, which is important because this is likely the last round of beta releases that we will see ahead of a final Golden Master release next month.
The reasoning behind this is all down to the time needed to manufacture and ship the 2018 iPhones as well as any iPad Pros that will go on sale around the same time. Apple needs to be able to get a solid, release-ready version of iOS 12 onto new iPhones and iPads that will likely start shipping from its manufacturing partners soon enough. In order to get everything lined up, it’s unlikely that Apple will have enough time to further tweak iOS 12 between now and when devices start to leave factories.
This is all assuming no huge bugs are found soon, however, although with the developer beta 9 couple of days old and the public beta 7 release also in the hands of testers it is likely we would have heard by now if anything major was going on.
Next up we expect a Golden Master release to arrive on or around the day Apple announces the 2018 iPhone lineup as well as any iPad refresh, with the final public release going live just days before any new hardware ships to customers.
What all this means is that we’re fairly sure that the iOS 12 Developer Beta 9 and Public Beta 7 releases are very, very close to final software. Now we just need the new hardware to go with it.