Apple sent out the sixth developer betas of iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 on another Monday, just a week after the last one. The move to weekly beta releases shows that the new versions of the operating system are almost done. People who have Apple Developer Connection accounts and have signed up for them can now download the new versions. The company that makes the iPhone put out a new public beta for both at the same time.
Getting Your iPhone or iPad to the Sixth Developer Betas
Installing the sixth release is easy if you are already using the iOS 16 or iPadOS 16 developer beta. Just go to Settings > General > Software Update, and you’ll be asked to download and install the latest build. If you are using the public beta, you can also get new builds.
The beta configuration profile needs to be downloaded and installed from the Apple Developer Connection website for registered developers who are not yet running the beta. In the past, download links were found on third-party sites, but most of them have been taken down. In any case, we don’t think you should use these sites.
Changes to the lock screen, improvements to Focus Mode, and more
Apple’s iOS 16 has a lot of great new features, especially for people who have newer devices. You can now change the font and color of the text on your Lock Screen, and new widgets let you see even more information without unlocking your iPhone.
The Cupertino-based tech giant has also made it easier to set up Focus Mode, added the ability to edit and delete iMessages, and made it possible to cancel or schedule emails from Mail.
Apple also made its dictation feature much smarter and finally added the ability to dictate emojis. The fifth beta version of iOS 16 for the iPhone even put the battery percent indicator back on the Home Screen.
Getting ready to come out in September
Apple is speeding up its beta testing as it gets ready for a release in September. We expect everyone to get iOS 16 at the same time Apple announces the new iPhone 14. The rumor mill says that iPad users may have to wait a little longer, though. The iPad’s 16 full release is expected to happen a month after the iPhone operating system.
Apple also released a new beta for watchOS 9 and tvOS 16, in addition to iOS 16 and iPadOS 16. No new beta versions of macOS 13 Ventura or HomePod have been announced yet.