The first iOS 16 public beta is out today

Daniel Sims

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Highly anticipated: Apple announced its upcoming major operating system updates at last month's WWDC. The company released iOS 16's first public beta today, so interested users can start testing out the many changes it brings to the lock screen, messages, car play, email, and other areas.

Those looking to test Apple's iOS 16 can install the first public beta starting today. Just sign up on the Apple Beta Software Program web page and enroll the Apple device on which you want to install the beta. iOS 16 supports iPhone 8 and later.

Users should expect this version of the OS to be significantly buggier than the general release coming later this year. You should also back up your device and any important data before installing the beta.

The iPhone's next OS brings significant changes to the lock screen, which will display much more information and give users greater freedom to customize it. Users will be able to see widgets for things like health, calendars, and the weather without needing to swipe to other menus.

Messages in iOS 16 will add edit, undo, and undo delete functions, as well as the ability to paste objects from photos. iCloud will start letting groups of users share photos. Apple will also start trying to get rid of passwords by letting users log into websites, apps, and other services with Face ID or Touch ID. Many more changes are coming to CarPlay, Apple Maps, Safari, Apple News, and more.

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Faelan

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iOS 16:
Customers getting excited about features Android had 10 years ago.
Funny you should mention that. I’ve reached a point where I’ve stopped being exited for iOS updates. Same could be said about MacOS updates. Why? Because they’re mostly adding features I don’t really use or need.

iPadOS I’m a lot more excited about, but… lol… that’s mostly because those features are getting my iPad Pro functional to the point where I can ditch my 2018 MacBook Pro and thus not have to worry about the ever increasing price of that product segment.

As for Android, I stopped caring years ago.
 

Nobina

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They enabled sideloading and transferring files without needing extra software? Nice, finally!
 

Hexic

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iOS 16:
Customers getting excited about features Android had 10 years ago.

Smart business model - let the competition do all of the work years beforehand, inherit years of UAT, add some smooth borders, limit user control & functionality, and slap an Apple logo on it.

Least effort for maximum return.
 

netman

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"Apple will also start trying to get rid of passwords by letting users log into websites, apps, and other services with Face ID or Touch ID."

Please DO NOT get rid of passwords.... Leave it as another option...!
 

hahahanoobs

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Funny you should mention that. I’ve reached a point where I’ve stopped being exited for iOS updates. Same could be said about MacOS updates. Why? Because they’re mostly adding features I don’t really use or need.

iPadOS I’m a lot more excited about, but… lol… that’s mostly because those features are getting my iPad Pro functional to the point where I can ditch my 2018 MacBook Pro and thus not have to worry about the ever increasing price of that product segment.

As for Android, I stopped caring years ago.
My Xiaomi phone was $400 CAD shipped from China. Flagships bore me. It's just faster hardware when I'm more interested in the software, which I think the Chinese are doing a far better job. I had Android 11 and 12 features via MIUI when I wasn't updated to those versions yet. I like feature updates but I don't need every one either.

As for security updates, I figure if the minimum requirement for most apps hovers around Android 6.0, I feel fine with Android 11 with maybe only one more Android security update coming my way.