iOS 10 beta 1 was released to developers on June 13th, at WWDC 2016 and, by now, we expected to have seen at least one more released, given that we are looking for a public release of the firmware in September. Today, Apple did just that, released iOS 10 beta 2, for developers to delve into and test out. It comes with a host of improvements in terms of performance and stability and a whole lot of new features and changes, which we will talk briefly about later on.
Image : iOS 10 Beta 2
First, if you are already registered on the official Apple Developers Program, you can get your download either OTA or via the developer center. If not, you can either pay your $99 a year to join or you can wait and see if you can get on the Public Beta program when it opens. Alternatively, you can take part in our special UDID Registration offer [ext link] and get access to all the betas for the next 12 months for just one yearly payment of $10 per device, more details in the given link.
Install iOS 10 Beta 2 :
For those who are already running iOS 10 beta 1, it’s a simple matter of going to Settings>General>Software>Update and downloading the update OTA. You can also update manually:
- First, backup the data on your iOS device using iTunes and or iCloud
- Make sure you are running the latest version of iTunes
- Now download iOS 10 beta 2 IPSW file that corresponds to your device
- Extract the contents of the file and save them to your computer for access later on
- Connect your iOS device to your PC and open iTunes
- Go to Device Summary for your specific iOS device
- Press the ALT key [ Mac ] or SHIFT key [ Windows ] and click on Restore in iTunes
- Navigate to the IPSW you downloaded and select it
- Follow the on-screen instructions and iTunes will download iOS 10 beta 2 onto your device
- When it has completed, your iOS device will reboot to the Hello screen and you are done.
iOS 10 Beta 2 Features :
iOS 10 beta 2 contains a number of changes that developers and those with access to the betas can get their teeth into straight away. Here are some of the top ones:
- Organ Donation – the health app now contains an adoption for users to sign up as an organ donor with your details being sent straight to the organ donation registry through Donate Life America
- Image Toggle Mode in Messages – iMessage now has a Low Quality Image Mode so that when you send messages pictures will be lower in quality and use less data
- iMessage App Store – Users can download apps for iMessage directly to their iOS device, including apps such as Hearts, Hands, Classic Mac and Smileys sticker packs
- Feedback App – For iOS beta testers to send their feedback straight to Apple
- Widgets in Today View – Quick access to Widgets in Today view via a swipe down on your home screen
- Parked Location Setting in Maps App – a new toggle in Maps Settings allows you to show the location of your parked car
- Mail App Filter Icon – a new icon on the Mail App toolbar makes filtering mail messages much easier
- 3D Touch Quick Actions – Control Center options with 3D Quick Touch Actions now have new visual icons and amended language, including icons for time and flashlight. Flashlight shortcut are renamed to Low Light, Medium Light and Bright Light
- Unlocked Text Animation – When a device is unlocked from the lock screen, animated text appears just before the Home screen comes up.
These are the main changes in iOS 10 beta 2, there are many more minor ones that improve performance and stability. If you are one of those that are testing out the new beta, do let us know what you find and what you think of iOS 10 so far.