Apple has launched a public beta of its future operating system iOS 16, as well as its replica for the iPad. Before installing a non-scheduled version, here are some tips to make it safe
Unveiled at the last WWDC 2022, the upcoming iOS 16 operating system for iPhone and iPod comes into public beta a few weeks after its launch for developers. Also available on iPadOS 16 Counterpart brand touch tablets.
If you want to try the adventure before the official launch at the beginning of the school year, here’s what you need to know to make sure the experience goes smoothly.
How do I install iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 public beta?
The method does not change. You must register for the public beta program from Safari on your iPhone or iPad Click Registration Then follow the instructions. If you’ve previously participated in Betas, tap Sign in and fill out your Apple ID account credentials.
Choose the OS you want to install (iOS 16 or iPadOS 16, or macOS Ventura, tvOS 16, watchOS 9 or even HomePod Software 16 depending on your device) and save the destination device.
You only need to follow the procedure displayed. Start with Backup your device To protect important data from being lost in migration for security and you will never be able to recover it again. This is the safest step and the highest priority for installing beta.
After making sure your iPhone or iPad has enough battery, you can finally proceed to download the beta. It starts with installing a beta profile. Download the profile which will then appear Settings Above or in the General tab, then Profile. Click on the profile to finish installing it.
Restart your iPhone or iPad as requested. Once the device is restarted, go to Settings> General> Software Update. You will see the offer to install the public beta version of iOS 16 or iPadOS 16.
You can also connect your iPhone or iPad to your Mac to download iOS 16 or iPadOS 16 from the Apple Beta program page. Download the desired software, connect your device. Then open Finder to find your iPhone or iPad. All you have to do is click on the option key, then check for updates to install iOS 16 on the beta you’ve already downloaded.
What’s new for iOS 16?
The most visible innovation concern will be its renewal Close screen. It becomes more customizable with the possibility of adding filters to its wallpaper, but also its font or text color. You can also add widgets and, importantly, notifications go to the bottom of the screen for better visibility (and easier one-handed, fingertip management).
iOS 16 disrupts lock screens // Source: Apple
Fonts and colors can be changed for date and time // Source: Apple
Remember the clownfish wallpaper from the first iPhone? Here it is back to iOS 16 // Source: 9to5Mac
iMessage This will allow the version of the message to correct its errors, remind your recipient before reading it, or return it as “unread.” Apple’s messaging app hosts the SharePlay function to share videos, watch a movie together, or view a page with friends.
Another function that should be enjoyed the most is the possibility to extract an element from a photo so that the background is removed to better share it.
There are also automated captions to help deaf and hard of hearing users. However, it will only be saved on iPhone 11 and later.
It is a complete system of text recognition by the camera that is being developed on the iPhone with one click photos and now selecting the text (live text function) found in the video that you can copy anywhere. Next, there will be door recognition for the visually impaired and the blind as well as reading the written text.
Like Safari or your discussion group, emails are enriched with collaboration tools You’ll be able to better identify your friends or colleagues who work with you, and open the tabs you’ve recommended or collaborated on in the document.
And also … you’ll be able to more easily uninstall Apple applications that were still resisting, but bypassing captchas to find out if you’re a robot. Concentration mode has been enriched and made easier to configure, or ID cards can eventually be added to wallets in France.
Towards iPadOS 16, the big news comes from the addition of Stage Manager which will allow you to group apps with a new multi-window with different possibilities, but only on iPad Pro M1 and iPad Air M1. The second screen will also be easier to use.
Which iPhones and iPads are compatible?
Compared to the iOS 15 update, the iPhone list has shrunk. Exit the iPhone 6s / 6s Plus and 7/7 Plus which have been able to take advantage of the latest version. They will not be entitled to iOS 16. The iPod Touch (7th gen) is also off the list. After officially removing more than 20 years of loyal service from the Apple Catalog, it will not benefit from the next version.
Regarding iPads compatible with iPadOS 16, we note that the release of the iPad Air 2nd gen and iPad mini 4th gen updates:
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