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Apple is expected to release the first public beta of iOS 16 for the iPhone this week, allowing anyone to test the software update for free.

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In a tweet last month, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman said the iOS 16 public beta should be released during the week of July 11. Gurman said the public beta is expected to correspond with the third developer beta of iOS 16 released last week.

It's unclear which day of the week the iOS 16 public beta will be released. Given that embargoed reviews of the new MacBook Air are expected to be published on Thursday, it is possible that Apple will opt to release the iOS 16 public beta by Wednesday at the latest to spread out the news. Last year, the iOS 15 public beta was released on a Wednesday.


Apple typically releases new betas shortly after 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time, which is 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time or 6:00 p.m. in the U.K.

At WWDC last month, Apple announced that public betas of iOS 16, iPadOS 16, macOS Ventura, watchOS 9, and tvOS 16 would be released in July. Apple will also be releasing a public beta of HomePod software version 16, which is based on tvOS.

To get ready for the iOS 16 public beta, sign up for the free Apple Beta Software Program directly on an iPhone. The program lets you install a custom profile on your device that will enable you to install the beta over the air via Settings > Software Update when released. Public beta testers can provide feedback to Apple using the Feedback Assistant app.

While the iOS 16 beta has been relatively stable, it is still a beta, so you may encounter bugs, incompatible apps, reduced battery life, and other issues. Think carefully before deciding to install the public beta on an iPhone that you rely on for daily use.

iOS 16 is compatible with the iPhone 8 and newer. The software update, which should be released to all users in September, introduces a customizable Lock screen, the ability to edit or unsend iMessages, and many other new features.

Update: Apple has released the iOS 16 public beta.

Article Link: iOS 16 Public Beta for iPhone Expected to Be Released This Week [Now Out]
 
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patmondal

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Can't Wait to delete and edit messages... once I get all my friends and family to do the beta as well.
 

BWhaler

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I’m really looking forward to these releases. I hope they are high quality so I don’t have to wait to upgrade like last year’s updates.

Really looks like Apple’s software teams did a great job this year.
 

PsykX

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Does it already contain the new HomeKit architecture ?
I couldn't find anything at all about this.

Do we only need to install the latest beta on a hub (like tvOS 16 for example)?
Or does every device that interact with HomeKit also need to be updated?

The upsides of having a HomeKit that finally works as it should could overcome the downsides of being riddled with bugs because it's of course just a beta.
 

AppleFan91

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Oddly enough - Beta 3 has been by far the buggiest for me. 1 & 2 were fairly smooth but 3 has given me a ton of issues with apps crashing and issues with screen orientation issues. (It will rotate to landscape, then not rotate back, etc). Also, tapping on notifications on the Lock Screen does nothing for me, rather than going to the app. Pretty weird stuff.

Autocorrect, oddly enough, has been horrendous too.

Probably the worst beta to onboard public testers, but we’ll see, maybe I’m a 1-off
 
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tmaxxtigger

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Oddly enough - Beta 3 has been by far the buggiest for me. 1 & 2 were fairly smooth but 3 has given me a ton of issues with apps crashing and issues with screen orientation issues. (It will rotate to landscape, then not rotate back, etc). Also, tapping on notifications on the Lock Screen does nothing for me, rather than going to the app. Pretty weird stuff.

Probably the worst beta to onboard public testers, but we’ll see, maybe I’m a 1-off
Same here, for example, phone gets really hot using Apple Music over Bluetooth in the car.
 

azentropy

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Usually I put the Beta on my secondary devices, however this year the key feature for the iPad will only work on my 2021 iPad Pro 11" M1 and I no longer have a work iPhone so not sure if I'll want to put it on my personal without the easy backup. I guess I could pop the SIM into my old iPhone 8 if it got really bad. Decisions, decisions.
 

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Can't wait to try out the new lockscreen customisation! 1 for work focus and 1 for study focus etc

So far it’s a big ass mess. I hope they sort it out a few betas from now. I doubt many people will understand the work flow at this stage. Hell, I still don’t understand how to add a different Home Screen wallpaper from their suggestions without changing / adding a separate lockscreen wallpaper as well
 

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Does it already contain the new HomeKit architecture ?
I couldn't find anything at all about this.

Do we only need to install the latest beta on a hub (like tvOS 16 for example)?
Or does every device that interact with HomeKit also need to be updated?

The upsides of having a HomeKit that finally works as it should could overcome the downsides of being riddled with bugs because it's of course just a beta.
"In our testing thus far, it's hard to see much of a difference though. This is likely because Apple warns that all devices that communicate with HomeKit must be running the latest versions. Currently, several devices in our home are not running the betas." Everything new coming to HomeKit in IOS16
 

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So far it’s a big ass mess. I hope they sort it out a few betas from now. I doubt many people will understand the work flow at this stage. Hell, I still don’t understand how to add a different Home Screen wallpaper from their suggestions without changing / adding a separate lockscreen wallpaper as well
That is the most frustrating and had me confused when I was first setting it up.
 

iObama

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Beta 3 was hella buggy for me last week, so I'm back on 15.x until release. As exciting as it is to try new features, nothing in iOS 16 is worth not having a rock solid device all summer.
 

cvam1985

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the demo shots just get weirder and more artsy every year. Apple is trying so hard to make it look like hip, regular young people they seem more and more detached from real life these days.
 

Eorlas

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Does it already contain the new HomeKit architecture ?
I couldn't find anything at all about this.

Do we only need to install the latest beta on a hub (like tvOS 16 for example)?
Or does every device that interact with HomeKit also need to be updated?

The upsides of having a HomeKit that finally works as it should could overcome the downsides of being riddled with bugs because it's of course just a beta.

Matter support comes later
 
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"In our testing thus far, it's hard to see much of a difference though. This is likely because Apple warns that all devices that communicate with HomeKit must be running the latest versions. Currently, several devices in our home are not running the betas." Everything new coming to HomeKit in IOS16
Talking about the new HomeKit app, I find it very frustrating that they changed the way the buttons work.

Don’t understand who in the right mind would allocate just 20% of the button to turn on/off lights which is used everyday, and 80% of the button to go into settings which is hardly used after set up.

See details in the post below.

 
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