Apple’s Seventh iOS 12 Beta Removes Group FaceTime Calls

After a week’s wait since beta 6 hit devices, Apple has once again begun rolling out a fresh build of iOS 12 to those registered to receive pre-release software from the Cupertino tech giant. This time around, it’s beta 7 that will be available to download to your iPhone or iPad.

The seventh build of iOS 12 will build on top of the foundation Apple laid for the software back at WWDC 2018. The system will provide much better performance for devices stretching back to the iPhone 5s, offer better notification management, let you know how much time you’re spending on your device, enable Siri Shortcuts, and more. iOS 12 is focusing more on refinement over a bunch of new features, but that isn’t exactly bad all things considered.

In today’s release notes for the latest beta, Apple notes bug fixes and security improvements. However, the company also says group FaceTime calls have been removed, with the feature shipping to iOS customers in a future update this fall. That means at launch, group FaceTime calls won’t be available. We’ll have to wait until iOS 12.1 or later for the feature to come back which is a real shame considering how useful the feature proved to be for many users of previous builds of iOS 12.

If you’d like to install iOS 12 beta 7 on your registered iPhone or iPad, head over to Settings > General > Software update. From there, you’ll see the listing for the build. Just tap “Download and install” and wait for your phone or tablet to complete the process. I recommend plugging in your device beforehand so you don’t run out of power before the installation is complete.