Today, Apple released the second beta versions of iOS 16.5 and iPadOS 16.5 to its public beta testers, enabling non-developers to try out the software before it’s officially released. This update comes two weeks after the first public beta releases, and just one day after the second beta versions were made available to developers.
Users who are part of Apple’s free beta testing program can access the beta version of iOS 16.5 and iPadOS 16.5 by following a few simple steps. They can do this by opening the Settings app on their device, going to the General tab, selecting the Software Update option, tapping on Beta Updates, and selecting the iOS 16 Public Beta option.
By doing so, they can test out the software ahead of its official launch and provide feedback to Apple on any bugs or issues they may encounter. This allows Apple to refine the software and improve the user experience before it becomes widely available to the public.
The iOS 16.5 update seems to be a minor one, with not many significant changes discovered in the first developer beta. However, one noticeable change is the addition of a Sports tab in the Apple News app, which will likely provide easy access to sports news and updates. Additionally, Siri can now be asked to start a screen recording, which may come in handy for some users. Despite the lack of major updates, the beta testing program allows users to test out the software and provide feedback to Apple before its official release.
Development on iOS 16 is gradually winding down as Apple gears up for the release of iOS 17, which is expected to be unveiled at the company’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June. As such, it is likely that the focus of iOS development will now shift to iOS 17, with only minor bug fixes and security updates being released for iOS 16.
Apple is expected to release iOS 16.5 to the general public in May, following the current round of beta testing. A new public beta is expected to be released later this week, as the company continues to refine and improve the software before the official launch.