Apple releases iOS 10 beta to the public
Apple has released the iOS 10 beta to the public today, allowing those with an Apple iPhone 5 or higher to check out the next build of Apple's mobile operating system. Keep in mind that there will be bugs and users will not have the usual experience that they are used to enjoying with the final version of an iOS build. To sign up for the public beta, click on the sourcelink and you will be taken to a page on Apple's website where you can sign up for the beta. You can always unenroll from the program if you're not happy with it.
Among the new features on iOS 10 is the revamped lock screen. Say goodbye to "slide to unlock." Instead, one press on the home button unlocks your iPhone, while another tap on the home button takes you to your home screen. Sliding to the left from any point in the lock screen will open the camera app. For those who like Apple's implementation of Force Touch, 3D Touch does more in iOS 10, especially when used on iOS stock apps. On the Control Center, 3D Touch is more useful. For example, it can be employed to open three different levels of the flashlight.
The Messages application is the recipient of many new features on iOS 10, including larger emoji and invisible ink. The latter allows someone sending a message to keep part of it hidden until the recipient 'scratches' the screen to reveal it. Background animations will call more attention to certain missives, and hand-written messages can be sent.
Again, keep in mind that not everything is going to be working perfectly in the iOS 10 public beta right now. But if you're the type that just can't wait to see the new features, go ahead and sign up for the beta. Our suggestion though, is that you load it on a secondary iOS device like an older iPhone model. Trying to use the public beta with your daily driver just might end up too frustrating.
For your information, the iOS devices that are compatible with iOS 10 include:
- iPhone 5 and later
- iPad mini 2 and later
- iPad 4th gen and later
- iPod Touch 6th gen