Apple released the public beta for iOS 15 on Wednesday, allowing iPhone owners to try out the new software if they have a device that came out in 2015 or later.
The public beta is a trial version of the software that will be released this fall alongside the new iPhone models. Like all pre-release software, it will have bugs, so users should be careful when installing it on a critical device. It’s best for tech enthusiasts who want to see what’s coming sooner than the general public and are willing to help Apple identify problems.
“The public beta of iOS 15 is still in development, which means that some applications and services may not work as expected and your data may not be backward compatible. Make sure to back up your iOS device with iTunes before installing the software, ”advises Apple on its website.
Apple introduced iOS 15 in June at its annual WWDC conference. Software engineers with a paid developer account were able to install the beta software soon after.
The public beta released Wednesday no longer requires a developer account and is intended to enlist the public’s help in debugging before an official release. Apple will release the official final version of iOS 15 for everyone in the fall.
This year, iOS 15 has several important improvements, especially for its video conferencing service, FaceTime, as Apple strengthens the social functions on its platform.
Some of the big changes include:
- FaceTime SharePlay allows users to watch shows on Disney + or other compatible applications via video conferencing.
- FaceTime Links for Android and Windows Users. Now iPhone users can FaceTime people who don’t have an Apple product by sending them a link.
- IMessage improvements. Apple’s text messaging application will be able to create a list called “Shared with you” that collects photos, news and songs that people send you by text message and puts them in one place to review later.
- Artificial intelligence that can decipher photos. iOS 15 can now use machine learning running on the iPhone’s processor that can identify animals, landmarks, plants, and objects within photos. You can also search for text within photos.
Apple’s new Focus feature in iOS 15
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- Limit notifications. A new feature called “Focus” will only allow notifications from specific approved people and apps during work, sleep, or personal time. Other iPhone users who send text messages after hours will see a message saying that notifications have been muted, although for emergencies they can send the message anyway.
- App privacy. iOS 15 includes a new privacy report that tells you how often an app accesses the device’s microphone, location, or home phones to a server.
How to install the iOS 15 public beta on your iPhone
If you’re hungry to see and try these and other changes now, installing the public beta is easy, but not as easy as a typical iPhone software update.
- Visit Apple’s beta software site on your iPhone and register or sign in with your Apple account.
- Register by selecting “enroll your devices” and accept Apple’s terms.
- Choose the software you want to try: Apple has also released a public beta for iPads.
- Click on the button that says “Download Profile.” Your phone will warn you that it is trying to download a configuration profile. Approve it.
- Go to Settings and click on the “Downloaded Profile” section at the top of the app to download and restart your phone.