Here’s how to install it and what’s new
Apple released the first public beta of iOS 16 on Monday. new iPhone models.
IOS 16 will let users customize iPhone lock screen, undo and edit iMessages, schedule emails, and more.
Like all pre-release software, it will contain bugs, so users should be careful before installing it on a device used for work or daily use. It’s best for tech enthusiasts who want to see what’s happening in front of the general public and are willing to help Apple identify issues.
“Please note that since public beta software has not yet been released by Apple, it may contain errors or inaccuracies and may not work as well as released software. Be sure to back up your iPhone or iPad and your Mac using Time Machine before installing beta software,” Apple warns on its website.
Apple unveiled iOS 16 in June at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference. Users with an Apple developer account were able to install iOS 16 shortly after the conference.
The public beta released on Monday no longer requires a developer account and is intended to get the public’s help squashing bugs before an official release.
The software will be available to everyone with an iPhone released in 2017 or later. The oldest supported device is the iPhone 8.
This year, iOS 16 has several major improvements, most notably to its messaging experience in iMessage and Mail.
Some of the big changes include:
- Customizable lock screens. Users will be able to add smaller widgets with real-time data such as weather forecasts on the lock screen, and even change the clock font for the first time.
- Unsend and edit iMessages. Users will have 15 minutes after sending a message to edit or cancel it in iMessage. The other user will not receive a notification but will see that the message has been edited or recalled.
- Better send group SMS with Android users. Android users’ reaction to an iMessage — like a thumbs up — will no longer be displayed as an ad. These reactions will be attached to SMS messages in the same way as an iMessage.
- Schedule emails for the future. The built-in Mail app on iPhones now has a more functional search function as well as the ability to schedule an email to be sent at a later date, such as tomorrow morning at 9am.
- Artificial intelligence automatically sorts, edits, translates and shares photos. iOS 16 uses AI to automatically share photos with up to six people based on the person in the photo, such as children or family members. AI can translate text in photos or videos that the user takes, as well as cut out a subject, like a person, from a photo and place it in images or other apps as a sticker.
- Short-term loans in Apple Wallet. Apple introduced a feature called Apple Pay Later, allowing users to first make purchases with Apple Pay and then pay off the balance in four payments over six weeks. Apple Wallet in iOS 16 will also make it easier to share digital cards or home keys through messaging.
- Apple Maps can add multiple stops to a route. Apple Maps will let you add different stops to a route. Next year, Apple will unveil an updated version of its automotive software, CarPlay, which will take advantage of this Maps update and integrate more tightly with the car’s built-in hardware.
- More ways to control notifications. Apple will allow users to have entirely different wallpapers or app layouts for different times of day, such as when the user is at work or asleep.
- “Hey Siri, hang up.” Siri will soon help you hang up a FaceTime or phone call.
- Apple’s Home app is getting a makeover. Apple also said it supports Matter, an open standard for smart home hardware such as locks, lights and blinds. It’s also redesigned the Home app to better show things like multiple cameras in and around your home in an easy-to-see side-by-side mode.
- Medication and sleep tracking in the health app. Apple’s health app now allows users to enter their medications and how often they took them. It can also notify users when it’s time to take medicine. Apple Watch owners will be able to monitor their sleep and heart rate in the iPhone health app.
- Security controle. A new feature called Safety Check allows users to quickly turn off all services and apps, such as location, shared with the user’s family. Apple said the feature was designed in partnership with women’s groups and is specifically designed to facilitate privacy or protect personal data and security when leaving an abusive relationship.
- Use your iPhone as a webcam. With iOS 16 and the new version of macOS, users can now use their iPhone as a webcam in a feature called Continuity Camera with the right laptop mount.
How to install the iOS 16 public beta on your iPhone
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If you fancy seeing and testing these and other changes now, installing the public beta is easy, but not as simple as a typical iPhone software update.
- Visit the Apple beta software site on your iPhone and sign up or sign in using your Apple account.
- Enroll by selecting “enroll your devices” and agree to Apple’s terms.
- Choose the software you want to try – Apple also released a public beta for iPad.
- Click the “Download profile” button. Your phone will notify you that it is trying to download a configuration profile. I approve.
- Go to Settings and click on the “Downloaded Profile” section at the top of the app to download and restart your phone.
- Go to Settings and check for an update. It will download the beta version and install it.