Apple unveiled iOS 10 at WWDC 2016 last month, and the beta version of the OS was open to registered developers almost immediately. Now however, Apple has released iOS 10 public beta, which as the name suggests lets anyone to try it out. One doesn’t need to be a paid developer, and the only criteria is having a supported iOS device. Here’s a list of supported iOS devices along with a step-by-step guide on how to install it. Also Read - Apple introduces iOS 12.5.4 with major security updates: Is your iPhone on the list?Also Read - Meet Indian developer who wins Apple Design award for his music app NaadSadhana
Let’s first start with the devices that are compatible with iOS 10. These include iPhones like the iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone SE, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. iPads like the iPad Pro 12.9-inch, iPad Pro 9.7-inch, iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad 4th generation, iPad 3rd generation, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2, and the iPod touch 6th generation. Also Read - iPad Mini for 2021 to ditch fat bezels, could bring along new Apple Pencil Mini
Following is a step-by-step guide on how to install iOS 10 public beta on any one of the above devices.
The first step involves heading to Apple’s public beta website using Safari on your iOS device and logging in using your Apple ID. Once logged in, tap on the iOS tab, followed by a tap each on ‘enroll your iOS device’ and ‘download profile’.
On the profile page, tap on the install button at the top-right corner, and then on the consent page tap on the install button again. Before the installation process is underway you will first have to reboot your iOS device. Once your device has rebooted, head over to Settings > General > Software update. When prompted, hit the download and install button to start the process of installing iOS 10 public beta on your device.
As with any kind of beta, the iOS 10 public beta too is expected to be riddled with bugs and the experience may not be silky smooth. Apple’s website too comes with the warning, and it recommends users to install the public beta on their secondary device. This is only for those who can’t wait for the final release later this year, and want to experience iOS 10 now.
That said, if you still plan to go ahead with the above steps, we highly recommend you backup all your data first. Connect your device to iTunes first and perform a backup, before you embark on testing out the iOS 10 public beta.
Apple’s iOS 10 comes with quite a few improvements and a huge bunch of new features. From an entirely revamped lock screen to the ability to uninstall preloaded apps, iOS 10 is new enough to keep users interested for a long time. Other new features that users can look forward to are storage optimization, dedicated dark mode for late night readers, RAW image capture support, a new clock app called Bedtime, in-line video playback, background music playback in camera app, and improved Apple Maps among others.