Apple Releases iOS 18 and iPadOS 18 Beta Updates

Apple Releases iOS 18 and iPadOS 18 Beta Updates

Apple has recently rolled out the second beta versions of iOS 18 and iPadOS 18, following their initial release earlier this month at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC).

These updates are currently accessible only to developers, with public beta versions slated for release next month.

iPadOS 18 beta 2 introduces significant changes tailored for the European Union market. Notably, it now supports alternative app stores within the EU, along with enabling alternative payment methods in Apple’s App Store.

Additionally, users will find a new default web browser selection screen, empowering them to choose browsers that can utilize engines beyond Safari’s proprietary technology.

These updates are a direct response to the European Commission’s categorization of iPadOS as a “gatekeeper platform,” mandating compliance with the EU’s Digital Markets Act. Similar provisions were initially integrated into iOS 17.4 earlier this year and are now being extended to iPadOS.

Meanwhile, iOS 18 beta 2 introduces the capability for iPhone mirroring on macOS Sequoia beta 2. This feature allows seamless control of an iPhone from a Mac while keeping the iPhone securely locked. This functionality was a highlight of the WWDC keynote address, demonstrating Apple’s commitment to enhancing device integration and user experience across its ecosystem.

In addition to mirroring, iOS 18 beta 2 introduces support for the RCS protocol, a modern messaging standard that offers features like read receipts, typing indicators, and higher-quality media sharing. Users will now have the option to enable RCS if their carrier supports it, enhancing the messaging experience on compatible devices.

As Apple continues to refine these beta versions based on developer feedback, anticipation grows for the public release expected in the coming weeks. These updates not only reflect Apple’s ongoing efforts to innovate but also respond to regulatory demands and user expectations in key global markets.