Apple has released a beta version of its latest mobile and desktop software, iOS 10 and macOS Sierra. Billed by the company as “the biggest iOS release ever”, the new software for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch features a revamped lock screen, including the removal of “Swipe to unlock”, customisable widgets, and playful additions to iMessage.
Although Apple is expected to release the update in September alongside the iPhone 7, users can download an early version of the software with their Apple ID. The company encourages users of the beta to report any bugs or errors they may find in the iOS, which is not the finalised version and will be updated throughout the testing period ahead of its general release.
To download the iOS 10 beta software you’ll need to sign up to Apple’s Beta Software Program using your Apple ID. Once you’ve signed up you can register the device you’d like to upgrade to iOS 10 or macOS Sierra and be able to download it.
Apple advises customers to backup any device they’re using for the beta, and stresses that as the software is still being tested it may feature glitches and bugs. Backup your device in Settings using iCloud or by connecting it to a computer. For users that have more than one Apple device the iPhone maker says its better to download the beta on a secondary one. Once you’ve backed up the device you’d like to update, go to Settings -> General -> Software Update
The iOS 10 is the most radical change Apple has released for the software in a few years. Namely, it has changed the way users open their phones. Picking up a device running iOS 10 automatically lights up the screen and shows notifications, calendar appointments, weather information and news updates.
From there, Apple has removed the “Swipe to unlock” feature that has been a staple since the first iPhone, meaning that pressing the home button is the only action required to open your phone.
Other useful changes include customisable widgets, the ability to delete default apps, and voicemail transcriptions. iMessage has also been opened to developers who can now create apps within it, meaning users can now order food, shop or send money within messages.
The biggest change in macOS Sierra is integration with Siri, which also now works with third party apps. The computer software also includes updates to the Photos app, Apple Music and tabs for every app.