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iOS 12 public beta: the best features (CNET)

Here's what you should try first if you choose to check it Apple's iOS 12 preview.

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Topic: Mobility
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The final version of iOS 12 isn't arriving until the fall, but a public beta is now here to try if you're curious. You don't need to install public betas on your phone, and we'd advise you don't (use a second device if you're curious), but here's what's new to try. Yes, Memoji! And there's more.

This gallery was originally published on CNET.

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ARKit 2 enables all sorts of amazing things, but not without third-party apps (which won't get here until the fall). Meanwhile, there's just Apple's new Measure app.

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Just keep in mind, AR measurements are often not precise

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Measure is an AR tape measure app. It's a lot like other apps that exist, but this one works pretty decently and is free.

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Siri Shortcuts will eventually work with third party apps and a future new app called Shortcuts that will program all sorts of voice-enabled workflows...like the Apple-acquired app, Workflow. But that's not here yet.

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Feeling addicted to your phone? Screen Time wants to help. It's inside Setting

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The new feature tracks usage across apps, and measures overall screen time.

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Downtime is a feature that aims to limit phone use during set periods, shutting down access to apps (it can be customized).

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Grayed-out apps during Downtime look like this.

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Notification management is a lot better now. Similar app notifications can stack, and it's easy to tap to silence notifications from pings, but have them still appear on the lock screen.

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If you have an iPhone X, you'll want to try Memoji. The make-your-own-Animoji avatar tool lives where Animoji already are: in the Messages app, or in Facetime.

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New Memoji can be made pretty quickly and added to the roster. Mine looks pretty familiar.

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