The iPhone's iOS 18 beta 2 update is now available to developers with two big new features included for the first time

iOS 18 features on iPhone
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Apple announced iOS 18 at the WWDC event on June 10, releasing the first developer beta of the update immediately after the opening keynote. Now, the company has made the second beta release available for download.

Coming two weeks after that initial release, iOS 18 beta 2 is now available to download and it can be installed via the usual Software Update mechanism within the Settings app.

This new update of course brings with it the usual array of improvements and fixes, but the most notable news is the addition of two new features in the shape of iPhone Mirroring and SharePlay screen sharing.

Still no Apple Intelligence

There is, of course, still no sign of Apple Intelligence in this beta, not that we were expecting it. Instead, all eyes will be on the two features that have made their debut for the first time.

The first of those features, iPhone Mirroring, will allow macOS Sequoia‌ users to see their iPhone's screen on their Mac. Not only that, but they'll also be able to interact with it as if they were physically using it.

The next feature is SharePlay screen sharing and it could be a big deal for people who play the tech support role for friends and family members. Users will be able to take control of someone else's iPhone for support purposes with iOS 18 and the feature is now included in this beta.

As for the final release, that's expected to arrive this coming fall, probably in September. That release will also likely coincide with the launch of the iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Pro, too.

iPhone 15 Pro | $999 at Apple

iPhone 15 Pro | $999 at Apple

The iPhone 15 Pro might not be cheap, but it's the best that Apple has to offer. That money does get you console-level gaming and great cameras, not to mention a stunning display, too.

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Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.