Today, Apple has provided developers with the opportunity to test the new software’s features and functionalities, ensuring that it is stable and reliable for end-users.
Apple has wasted no time in starting the beta testing phase for its latest software updates. Just a few hours after the public release of iOS 16.4 and iPadOS 16.4, the company has already begun rolling out the first beta versions of iOS 16.5 and iPad 16.5 to registered developers. This latest update is expected to undergo thorough testing before its eventual public release, with a public beta likely to follow in the coming days or weeks.
To participate in the beta testing of the newly released iOS 16.5 and iPadOS 16.5 updates, registered developers can follow a simple process. They can access the Settings app, navigate to the Software Update section, select the “Beta Updates” option, and activate the iOS 16 Developer Beta. It’s important to note that downloading and installing the beta requires an Apple ID that is linked to a developer account.
Although the features included in the beta versions remain undisclosed, Apple has already implemented several of the announced features from the initial reveal of iOS 16. However, the Apple Card Savings account and Apple Pay Later, next-generation CarPlay, iMessage Contact Key Verification, and custom accessibility mode, which were mentioned during the unveiling, are yet to be launched. According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, the latter feature will be introduced “soon.”
Once the contents of the updates are disclosed, we will share more information on the new features and changes that the iOS 16.5 and iPadOS 16.5 updates bring.
Furthermore, there are likely many under-the-hood improvements and developments that are not yet visible to the user. As we approach WWDC in June, where iOS 17 is expected to be announced, it’s possible that these point updates for iOS 16 will become less groundbreaking and more focused on fine-tuning and enhancing the user experience.