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Apple releases iOS 16 Public beta: lock screen customization galore

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Apple just released the iOS 16 public beta. Days after developer beta 3 started making the rounds to all developers and impatient souls, the public beta is now available for just about anyone with a compatible device to dive in and test all the new features ahead of time.

How do I enroll in the iOS 16 public beta?

To sign up for the iOS 16 public beta, you must first: navigate to this webpage and sign in with your Apple ID. Upon successful authentication, you will be presented with all available beta programs, which currently comprise iOS 16, iPadOS 16, macOS Ventura, tvOS, watchOS 9, and HomePod Software. Ultimately, to navigate to the iOS section, you need to: enroll your device in the public beta program
Important Before going any further, it’s highly recommended that you have an up-to-date iCloud or iTunes backup, with Apple recommending backing up using your Mac’s Finder for the most seamless experience.
Now that you have registered your phone and backed up your device, you need to navigate to https://beta.apple.com/profile from the iOS device you’re enrolled in and want to install the beta on. After your device has successfully downloaded the configuration profile, you will immediately receive a notification.
From there, go to the Settings app, tap the profile you just downloaded (it’s at the top of the menu) and tap to install on the next screen that appears. Follow any further instructions that may appear, but in the end you will need to go to Settings > General > Software Update and install the available software update. From there on, things should go smoothly, with your device rebooting once or twice and you should be running iOS 16 public beta in no time.

Which devices are eligible for iOS 16?

So iOS 16 will be available on the following phones:

  • iPhone 8 and 8 Plus
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone SE (2020)
  • iPhone XS and XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13, 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max
  • iPhone 14 Series

What’s New in iOS 16?

iOS 16 is quite an intriguing update, as it overhauls the lock screen and allows users to fully customize the look and feel of the lock screen, as well as adding widgets, a new media widget, and yet another (this time excellent) paradigm shift. to the way notifications look and feel. You can read more about this in our special iOS 16 hub.
  • Lock screen customization with widgets, multilayer photos, notification lists
  • More filters for Focus Mode
  • Face ID improvements
  • Edit and undo send, mark as unread in iMessage
  • SharePlay in iMessage
  • Improved Voice Dictation
  • Quick actions with text captured from the camera
  • Improved visual lookup
  • Live text from video
  • Share digital keys in Wallet
  • Apple Pay Later
  • Redesigning Apple Maps to More Areas
  • iCloud Shared Photo Library
  • Lock Mode
  • etc.

Is iOS 16 Public Beta Stable?

Admittedly, the first developer beta was pretty buggy and had some underwhelming performance, with battery life taking quite a beating. Now the second and third betas have been widely received as much more stable and suitable to be installed on your daily driver, and given that the public beta is the same as beta 3 for developers, it can be said with certainty that it is stable enough to to install .

Sure, some users may experience issues with the iOS 16 public beta (it’s a beta, after all, so bugs are expected), but in general, don’t expect serious bugs and shortcomings. It is advisable to give Apple feedback on any issues and bugs you may encounter during your daily use of iOS 16 as it will help the company improve the software for everyone.

When will iOS 16 be officially released?

iOS is usually released shortly after Apple holds its big iPhone announcement event in early September. This year’s event is likely to take place on September 13, giving us the iPhone 14 Series and the Apple Watch Series 8, so we should all expect iOS 16 around that time. The same goes for the new versions of macOS, iPad OS, and watchOS 9.

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