Apple’s iOS 16, macOS Ventura and watchOS 9 public betas are ready to download

We’re a few months away from Apple officially launching the next major versions of its various operating systems. However, you can already try iOS 16, iPadOS 16, watchOS 9 and macOS Ventura. Apple released a public beta a few weeks after offering the first developer betas. To access it, you must sign up for the Apple Beta software program and follow the instructions.

Keep in mind that there may be some bugs that Apple hasn’t caught and fixed. Make sure you back up your data before installing a beta (although backing up regularly is always good practice). You have the option to remove your device from the public beta program and roll it back to an older version of its operating system.

You can familiarize yourself with some of the new features in iOS 16. This includes an overhauled lock screen with more layout and customization options, e.g. B. dynamic background images. Notifications and focus mode have also been overhauled, while Live Activity lets you stay up to date on things like sports scores and public transport trips. Face ID finally works in landscape mode and you no longer need an Apple Watch to use the fitness app.

The new lock screen in iOS 16 offers a variety of customization options for things like fonts and widgets.


Also new are the option to edit messages after you’ve sent them in Messages, a way to report spam text messages, a Pay Later feature in Wallet, and an email scheduling option in the Mail app. There’s much more on the way, including updates to Apple Maps, CarPlay, and Family Sharing. Looking ahead, an “extreme” security option will be available this fall for high-profile users.

As with iPadOS 16, improved multitasking options give you more control over how you resize apps with, for example, overlapping windows. However, some of the features are limited to M1-powered iPads. Elsewhere there’s external display support, Google Drive-style document collaboration and (later this year) SharePlay capabilities in Game Center.

Apple has also made multitasking a focus for macOS Ventura. The Stage Manager tool can group windows along the side of your screen and organize them by app. There will be an undo send option in the Mail app, along with the option to share tab groups in Safari, and a new security feature called Passkeys, which uses Face ID and Touch ID for authentication. You can also use an iPhone as a webcam for your Mac.

In watchOS 9, Apple gives the fitness features a significant upgrade. You have access to distance and time intervals for workouts. There will also be a way to show what heart rate zones you’re in during exercise and while you sleep. In addition, Apple promises improved sleep tracking and medication reminders.

With tvOS 16, the updates are small compared to some other devices. A major update is full support for the Matter smart home standard. As seems to be the case with iOS 16, tvOS will support Nintendo’s Joy-Con and Switch Pro controllers.

Apple is ending support for some older devices with this year’s OS updates. For example, to use iOS 16, you need an iPhone 8 or later.

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