What about the iOS 16 Public Beta?
The first iOS 16 public beta should follow iOS 16 developer beta 1 in a few weeks. It would normally coincide with the iOS 16 beta 2 release for developers. However, this year, there’s talk that iOS 16 is still so buggy that the first public beta will be delayed a bit.
The public beta should be more stable than the previous versions, which means you’ll have fewer problems running the iOS 16 public beta 1 on your main iPhone.
Even still, bugs will be part of the experience. You might run into problems with some Apple apps or third-party apps. Battery life issues are also part of the iOS beta experience, so these are things to keep in mind if you plan to install the iOS 16 beta, even after its public release.
And as we mentioned, some rumors say that Apple apparently delayed the iOS 16 public beta release because the software is buggy.
According to Apple, the first iOS 16 public beta will be released sometime in July.
You’ll have to register for the iOS 16 public beta to get access to it. Apple has a handy portal that will let you register for public beta downloads.
It’s not just iOS 16 coming out in beta form. Apple also released the developer beta versions for iPadOS 16, tvOS 16, watchOS9, and macOS 13 after WWDC 2022. The public betas should come in the following weeks, just like iOS 16.
iOS 16 Undo Send feature in Messages.
What to expect from the next-gen iPhone software
A series of reports detailed some of the features that Apple built into iOS 16. The new software version might deliver changes to widgets, including a new lock screen with widget support. Some reports even mentioned interactive widgets.
Now, iOS 16 is official, and you can read about all the new iOS 16 features coming to your iPhone.
iOS 16 adds audio and social networking features to Messages. Moreover, the Health app gets a big refresh. And of course, one of the most exciting new features is lock screen widget support in iOS 16.
Additionally, iOS 16 will contain features that Apple won’t showcase until September, when the final OS version is about to be released.
Examples include always-on display support that might be coming to the iPhone 14 Pro models this year.
Mid-September is also when Apple will release the final iOS 16 version to all compatible devices. People who do not like testing beta releases will need to wait until then to get the most stable iOS 16 release.
Speaking of official releases, iOS 16 also brings bad news for iPhone 6s and iPhone 7 users. The 2015 and 2016 phones will no longer receive the latest iOS version.
You’ll need an iPhone 8 or later to run iOS 16, including the beta release that is now available to download.
Some iPhone 7 users have been vocal online about Apple’s unexpected decision to terminate support for iPhone 7. That’s because older iPads featuring the same chips can run iPadOS 16.
How to downgrade from iOS 16 beta 1 to iOS 15
The problem with beta software is that some features might not work. You can experience bugs throughout the OS or app-specific issues. Moreover, some early adopters might encounter battery life issues with the first beta versions.
Your iOS 16 beta 1 mileage may vary depending on various factors. If you think you’ve had it with the bugs at any point, there’s a way to return to the more stable iOS 15 version available for your iPhone. That might be iOS 15.5 or later, depending on when you decide to abandon the iOS 16 beta software.
That’s why we told you to back up your data before getting the beta. You’ll want to ensure no data loss while moving between iOS releases.
The easiest way to remove the iOS 16 beta 1 release from your iPhone is to delete the beta profile and wait for the next software update.
Go to the Settings app > General, and tap VPN & Device Management.
Tap the iOS Beta Software Profile.
Tap Remove Profile, then restart your device.
However, iOS 16 will not just disappear. You’ll have to wait for Apple to update iOS 15, at which point your phone will revert automatically to the latest stable iOS 15 release. The problem here is that you have to wait.
The good news is that you can wipe your iPhone clean and restore it to a previous backup. The problem, in this case, is that you might lose some of the data you’ve generated since using the iOS 16 beta 1.
The restore process involves using a computer to reflash your iPhone to iOS 15 and reinstall the most recent archived backup. The process takes longer, with detailed instructions available from Apple.
Finally, there’s also a way to downgrade iOS 16 beta 1 to iOS 15 without losing any data. It also involves using a computer to Upgrade the software via iTunes/Finder. This older downgrade guide should help you through it.
Clicking Restore wipes the phone and seeks to install the latest public release best for the device
As a reminder, it’s a good idea to back up your iOS 16 beta 1 iPhone. In a worst-case scenario, you’ll be able to restore your iPhone to that version.
How to Join the Apple’s developer program
For future sake, there’s a guaranteed way of being one of the first people to get updates, Betas, and software installations. That is simply by becoming an Apple developer. aBut head’s up, to become an Apple developer, you’ll have to create an Apple developer account and pay the annual $99 Apple developer membership fee.
That said, if you’re okay with that, here’s how to join the Apple developer program:
To join the developer program, there are certain minimum requirements you should have
An iPhone or iPad with enabled Face id, Touch ID, or iPhone Passcode.
Apple ID account with two-factor authentication
Apple ID account with valid information
The latest version of the Apple developer app.
A connected iCloud account.
Front and back picture of your driver’s license or a government-issued id.
If you meet these requirements, you can now proceed to join the developer beta with these steps:
Open the Apple developer app on your device
Sign in with your Apple ID.
Review the developer consent form.
Agree, and tap on enroll.
Fill in your valid personal information and upload the required documents.
Finally, subscribe by paying the annual apple developer membership fee, and that’s it! You’ll now have an apple developer account.