How to register for, download and install Apple's iOS 10 Developer Beta 1


Apple's iOS 10 is perhaps the most radical interface overhaul that the company has made in years, introducing a brand new Lock screen with rich notifications, widgets and quick camera access, as well as way more interactive and useful Peek preview that utilizes 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. Apple Music has gotten a complete UI and functional redraw, while you can unlock your iPhone now by simply picking it up, and plenty more.

How do you get first dibs on the iOS 10, though? Well, you can sign up for the iOS 10 Developer Preview as soon as today, a Public Beta is coming next month, while the general release will hit all those devices in September, presumably with the launch of iPhone 7. Of these options, the most immediate is to sign up for Apple's Public Software Beta program, which will give you access to the Developer Beta 1 of iOS 10. Here's what you need to do:

1. Create an Apple ID, if you don't already have one;

2. Enroll in the Apple Developer Program as an individual or organization; The Apple Developer Program annual fee is 99 USD, while the Apple Developer Enterprise Program annual fee is 299 USD, in local currency where available.

3. While logged in with the subscribed developer account, go to the Apple Software Beta download page, and choose the iOS 10 Developer Beta 1 download;

4. Follow the instructions to start downloading and installing the iOS Beta, and be advised that it is not a stable release that is suitable for daily operations, though it does contain the vast majority of features, large and small, that were announced at the WWDC 2016 keynote.

Alternatively, you can just wait for the Public Beta next month, and have a more stable iOS 10 release installed for free, so if you want to do that, just sign up with the public beta program. There is one more unofficial method to test drive iOS 10 right now, though if you haven't done this already, and are afraid something might happen to your iPhone or iPad, stick with the paid developer account, or wait for the public beta to land in a month or so.


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5 Comments

1. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

iOS just got even more cluttered, gg Apple Now Android seems more clean and makes more sense without all this flashy, gimmicky garbage for teenagers that Apple puts in their apps I really love how stock Android works and looks. Everything has its place, there are no stupid features, everything has its purpose

3. ananthu07 unregistered

ikr. Google's like you can exactly see how things show up when you click a button with smooth transitions and animations. No controls would feel weird at all. And Apple's like we are going to hide everything under 3D touch. Try force touching each and everything in the OS and one day you will become a master.

5. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I was thinking the same. Like in one of the articles PA posted that shows the screenshot of some of the pages, I thought the Notification page looked really crowded. http://www.phonearena.com/news/10-awesome-hidden-or-little-known-iOS-10-features-Apple-didnt-talk-about_id82172 Like example, in the screenshot it shows how the message failed. The sentence was fairly short, but the notification cards are all the same size. They are so big, they only allow for 5 to fit on the screen at one time. Now on the Galaxy, because the notification share the same screen as the quick toggles, it too looks crowded, but there is still space for more notifications before I have to scroll. Also the 3D Touch Menus make the screen look more crowded. I am all for floating windows or text, but the popup looks kiddish. All you need is a simple box with a symbol and some small text/blurb for description. Why are the 3D Touch menu tiles so huge for such small amount of text? The only thing I saw that was cool, is adding my own handwriting to a message. Now I can do this also on the Galaxy, but because its being done via TouchWiz and not at the OS level, I can write directly into a text, you can write and it is sent as an image attachment and it takes an extra step. So this would be huge benefit if Samsung went Tizen because thsi stuff would be at the OS level and not at the TW layer. But overall the WWDC was boring, and based on the articles PA have posted so far, I think they reached the same conclusion. iOS X(10) looks like a heap of improvements and things iOS needs I guess, but if these are the things Tim Cook was talkign about, then he has proven Android is the most advanced mobile OS, because we had this stuff already. The other issue with some of the new things, is it just to much onscreen gestures. Dare I say, this is the downside of having no buttons on the phone. We already touch the display 1000's of times per day. But if the phone had buttons, you would probably cut those touches in 1/2. Now that Apple added handwriting to the mix, how much you bet the next iPhone will have a stylus available? What's interesting is, even with all the on-screen features the Note has, NOTHING looks cluttered at all. IOS looks very cluttered and it has less than 1/2 the Note features.

2. Compare

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Here's the updated list of iOS 10-compatible devices. Scroll down to the bottom of the page apple.com/ios/ios10-preview/ No iPad mini 1st gen, iPad 3rd gen, iPad 2, iPod 5th gen.

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 31045; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Looks to be a great update so far, can't wait to see the gold master.

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