If you’re here, that means you can’t wait until tomorrow to get your hands on iOS 10. So in this article, I am going to tell you how you can get it right now with no more waiting.
The version of iOS that you will be downloading today is the final release candidate of iOS 10. It has been made ready so users can report any last-minute problems before the final version hits public release. In this version, you will find a new keyboard sound and a new accessibility option which makes Touch ID appear as it did in iOS 9. Plus, a few bugs have been fixed, and haptic feedback when locking the iPhone has been included.
As this version of iOS 10 is an early version of the mobile OS, it could still have bugs. There could also be other issues that won’t be in the final version. However, there’s a good chance that most of the problems were ironed out during the beta stages. So what you need to remember is that this is not the final article. If you’re worried about bugs or anything else that could play havoc with your iPhone, I suggest you wait until the final version tomorrow.
Final release candidate of iOS 10
To get this version of iOS, you will have to sign up for Apple’s public beta program. At the moment, anyone can sign up for it, so head on over to the Apple Beta Program website.
When you get there, scroll down and click on the “Sign up” button, and then sign in with your Apple ID. Next, you will see an Apple Beta Software Program Agreement page. Agree to follow the rules and then wait for an email to reach you. This will invite you to download the iOS 10 public beta. When you have completed the instructions in the email, you will be able to download the final release candidate from the software update.
How to prepare your iOS device
Before I go any further and you start the install, there’s something you should do first, and that is prepare your device. To start with, do you know if your device is compatible with iOS 10? If not, take a look at the devices below. If you find yours there, you’re in luck.
- iPhone 7
- iPhone 7 Plus
- iPhone SE
- iPhone 6s Plus
- iPhone 6s
- iPhone 6 Plus
- iPhone 6
- iPhone 5s
- iPhone 5c
- iPhone 5
- iPad Pro, 12.9-inch
- iPad Pro, 9.7-inch
- iPad Air 2
- iPad Air
- iPad mini 4
- iPad mini 3
- iPad mini 2
- iPad 4
- iPod touch 6th-gen
You should be aware that just because your device appears in the list above and supports iOS 10, it does not mean you will be able to take advantage of all the new features it has on offer. The simplest way of putting it is that Apple restricts certain features depending on what hardware capabilities your device has.
And lastly, but probably most importantly, you should make a backup of all your data. To do this, make sure you have the latest version of iTunes on your Mac or PC and then back it up as you have done in the past. Alternatively, you can back up using iCloud; the choice is yours.
Downloading the iOS 10 final release candidate
Now that you have checked that your device is compatible and you have backed up your data, on your iPhone or iPad, go back to the Apple Beta website (I gave you the link above). When there, tap on the iOS tab and then on Download profile, and then install. At this point, there is a possibility that you will have to enter your passcode. Once you have done that, tap Restart to reboot your iOS device.
You will also get an email asking you to download iOS 10. Go to Settings and then Software Update to download the final release candidate version.