Apple releases first public beta of iOS 16, iPadOS 16

San Francisco: Tech giant Apple has seeded the first public beta versions of iOS 16, iPadOS 16, watchOS 8 and tvOS 16 for members of its software testing program.

The first public beta versions of new software updates must be essentially the same as their revised third developer beta counterparts. Interested users can sign up for Apple’s Beta Software Program And download the new beta from the relevant web portal, reports AppleInsider.

New Features in iOS 16 Included are a redesigned lock screen with support for widgets and additional customization, the ability to edit or delete iMessages, and an Apple Pay Later installment plan, among other features.

The build number of iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 public beta is 20A5312j. watchOS 9 Public Beta build number is 20R5316f. tvOS 16 Public Beta build number is 20J5328g.

In iPadOS 16, Apple has moved its tablet a bit closer to its Mac, with a feature called Stage Manager, which will allow for Window multitasking. Apple’s watchOS 9 includes new faces, heart rate zones, a medicine app, and other additional fitness and health features.

By comparison, tvOS 16 is a smaller update, but still includes new features like additional gaming controller support, new smart home features, and cross-device compatibility.

With iOS 16, the lock screen becomes more personal, beautiful and helpful. With a new layered effect, photo subjects are artistically set in front of time on the lock screen, giving a sense of depth. Users can also change the look of the date and time with a variety of expressive types of styles and color options.

The Lock Screen features widgets that draw inspiration from the complexities of the Apple Watch, making it easy to find information at a glance, such as upcoming calendar events, weather, battery level, alarms, time zones, activity rings, progress, and more. some.

Live Activity is a new feature that helps users stay on top of things happening in real-time, such as sports games, workouts, ride-shares or food delivery orders, right from the lock screen.

Users can edit or recall recently sent messages, recover recently deleted messages, and mark conversations as unread so they can return to them later.

Plus, SharePlay is coming to Messages, which makes it possible to enjoy synced content like movies or songs, and shared playback controls all while chatting in Messages.