Apple has pulled the latest beta of its iOS platform software after less than 24 hours in the wild, and without explanation.
This year’s release, iOS 12, is intended to be a performance update with Apple stating that it sought to improve performance on older, lower RAM devices like the iPhone 6. The platform release is available for iPhones and iPads going back to 2013: the iPhone 5S and the original iPad Air.
And so far, it had been running comparatively smoothly. However shortly after Beta 7 was made available for an OTA download, developers and testers started reporting cripplingly long application startup times, an issue that some reported went away after a period.
Apple also removed Group FaceTime (supporting up to 32 concurrent users) from Beta 7 - explaining via the Release Notes that it will “ship in a future software update this fall”.
A public release of the annual platform update usually follows days after a hardware launch which takes place in mid to late September. Once open only to paying developers, Apple has opened the beta programme to tyre-kickers, something Google has opted to copy.
The full firmware file (.IPSW) is still online, but the release is no longer being pushed to developers.
We contacted Apple for comment. ®