Apple has just released the new beta versions of iOS 16 and iPadOS 16. This is the first time they are open to the public.
After having presented in detail the new features that were going to be talked about when iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 were released in September, Apple has just unveiled the third developer beta of these two operating systems. This new version of the beta is the first to be open to everyone, so it is possible to install it even without having a developer account with Apple.
The apple brand reminds that this update is not a final and stable version, so it is possible that it still has many bugs, and some people have indeed complained of a dramatic drop in autonomy with this update. As a reminder, iOS 16 will be available in September in its final version and all iPhones since 8 should be entitled to the update.
A new lock screen and Stage Manager for iPads
In the first announcements made by Apple around this new version of the operating system for iPhone and iPad, two major new features have managed to stand out. The first concerns Apple brand phones and more specifically their lock screen. Indeed, Apple has just developed a system to customize wallpapers including adding widgets. Notifications will also sit at the bottom of the screen like a scrollable stack.
Regarding iPadOS, the update should allow users of the latest Apple brand tablets to have access to the Stage Manager functionality, also present on MacOS Ventura. However, this option will only be available for people who own an iPad equipped with an M1 chip, in other words the latest iPad Pro or iPad Air.
For others the update is always interesting, but it does not provide access to this key feature. In the rest of the WWDC announcements, Apple also showed off WatchOS 9 which is expected to arrive in September alongside the other two operating systems for iPhone and iPad. The Cupertino company could bring us big changes at the start of the school year with regard to its connected watches with three models, one of which is new.
iOS 16, iPadOS 16: how to install the beta?
If you want to install the iOS 16 and/or iPadOS 16 public beta, here’s how:
The easiest way is to go to Safari and search for the Apple beta program. You must then register by adding your Apple ID. The next step is simply to agree to Apple’s terms and conditions before you can install the update. It is strongly advised to make a backup of your phone under iOS 15.5 before installing the beta version in order to have a backup solution if the bugs make the beta unusable.