Hot on the heels of Tuesday’s Beta 4 Developer release, yesterday Apple began seeding Public Beta 2. The next beta for public use comes roughly 2 weeks after the initial Public Beta release.
While no change log has been released as of time of writing, it appears that the changes mostly mirror the iOS 9 Developer Beta 4 changes. iOS 9 beta 4 included the return of Home Sharing for the Music app with Apple Music, a tweaked Handoff user interface for the multitasking view, picture-in-picture support for video podcast playback, an updated photo picker on the web, and several other user interface tweaks and enhancements.
While Apple toyed with the idea of public betas in late releases of iOS 8 updates, iOS 9 is the first major software update for Apple that is available for those of us who are not developers.
It appears to be fairly easy to join the public beta. If you want more information on it, go to Apple’s Beta Software Guide for iOS. From there, it’s pretty straightforward. From Apple’s guide:
- Archive an iOS backup. Please note that you are about to install beta software. Always back up your data and files before installing beta versions of iOS. We recommend that you do an iTunes backup and archive it before installing the iOS public beta.
- Download Profile. From your iOS device, go to beta.apple.com/profile to download the configuration profile. Your iOS device will prompt you to install it. Follow the onscreen instructions to allow installation.
- Update your iOS device. iOS devices running iOS 8.1.3 or later will automatically receive the latest public beta software over the air. Tap Settings > General > Software Update to install any available beta software.
I have an iPad Air and an iPhone 5S arriving today, so I’m looking forward to installing the latest public beta and going to town with it.
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Last Updated on November 27, 2018.