If you’ve been following Apple’s iOS 10 beta releases, you will know that it was only last week that it launched beta 5. Usually betas are released once every couple of weeks; however, it seems as though Apple is ramping up its releases to get iOS 10 ready for next month’s rumored iPhone 7 announcement. So following on from last week, beta 6 is here and available for those who are registered for the developer program. But how do they differ and what new features and fixes does beta 6 bring?
iOS 10 includes lots of new features, including redesigned News and Music apps, plus the first HomeKit Home app, Widgets for the Home screen, new iMessage features, a redesigned Lock screen and many more features. With each beta, Apple has added, tweaked, removed and fixed many things in iOS 10 with a view of making it as perfect as possible before the launch of its new iPhone on September 7.
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On August 9, beta 5 was considered to be a minor update to iOS 10 and offered a new door closing Lock Sound, some UI tweaks, and a new AirPlay icon. So here’s what’s new with beta 6.
- Wallpaper Picker and Dock bugs have been resolved for iPad.
- Beta 5 had the ability to use Touch ID to buy apps. This ability persisted even after a reboot and is still possible in beta 6.
- The update badge in Software updates has changed from a blue rounded rectangle to a red circle. This change was made in beta 5 but was only made visible in beta 6.
- If a StickerSequence has been added to a sticker pack and then left blank, the sticker pack will not be blank when deployed.
- Search hints will work as they are supposed to in the Message Store.
- Siri will now give a response when a request requires a removed app.
Updating to the latest iOS 10 beta
If you are using a device that is on one of the two beta cycles, I suggest that you update to the latest one as soon as possible. You can do that by going to Settings –> General –> Software Update and updating using the over-the-air (OTA) method from there.
However, what you must remember is that to update to iOS 10 beta 6, you need to be registered for the Apple developer program. As for the public beta, you may have to wait a couple of days for this information to be made available.