Apple has finally announced the iOS 10 beta release, making them available both through their developer’s program and through the Public Beta program. The public beta program is relatively new and is a way for iOS user to get their hands on the beta releases of new firmware for testing purposes without having to join the official developers program and pay $99 a year for the privilege.
Image : iOS 10 Public Beta
During iOS 10 beta testing, Apple like to limit the number of people who can see their latest operating system but in recent times they have begun to realize the value in allowing more people to test them out. This way, more bugs and problems can be found, much quicker, and can hopefully be fixed before the iOS 10 Download goes live. iOS is notoriously unstable in the beta stages and the more that can be done to stabilize them, the better.
If you fancy being a tester for iOS 10 here’s how to do it:
How to Sign up for the iOS 10 Public Beta Program:
- Head over to the Apple website [ ext link ] to sign up for beta testing
- Click the Sign Up button on the website – you will need a valid Apple ID for this
- On the Terms and Conditions page, click on Accept
- Sit back and wait for Apple to send you an email with links to the available beta versions.
How to Install a Beta iOS Firmware:
Once Apple confirms that you are live on the testing program, head over to this page and log in with your Apple ID and password.
- Make sure you backup your iOS device through iTunes
- On your iOS device, open Safari browser and visit http://beta.apple.com/profile
- Sign in with your Apple ID and password
- Download the Configuration profile from their servers
- Your device will now request that you install the file, so follow the instructions onscreen
- Provided your device is up to date on the latest public firmware, you will automatically get the latest public beta version on your device. If your device is not up to date, go to Settings > General > Software Update and download the latest version
Do be aware that beta versions are buggy and unstable; try to install them on a separate device to the one you use on an everyday basis so you don’t risk losing data or not being able to use your Phone.