OS X El Capitan

Apple on Thursday launched public betas for iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan. Apple has been releasing developer betas of the software since WWDC in June, and this afternoon it added the updates to its public beta testing program.

Folks interested in trying out the betas can sign up via Apple’s Beta Software Program portal. Once you’re signed up, you’ll be asked to register your devices and install beta configuration profiles, and then you can download the betas.

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As usual, we don’t recommend installing beta software on your daily drivers (main Mac and iPhone), as it’s typically unstable and can cause conflicts with other software. If you are going to install them, make sure you backup your devices.

Introduced last month, iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan are the next major updates for Apple’s Mac and iOS platforms. Both include a handful of new features, but for the most part focus on improving device performance and reliability.

It would appear today’s public betas are essentially identical to yesterday’s iOS 9 and El Capitan beta 3 releases, but we’ll let you know if we find anything new. Apple is expected to rollout final versions of the software sometime this fall.

  • Ángel Javier Esquivel

    Finally! Now I have to choose: Jailbreak or iOS 9

    • Iskren Donev

      I’m curious if the latest TaiG jailbreak would support the public iOS 9 betas…

      • Ángel Javier Esquivel

        If so, I’ll upgrade to iOS 9 immediately

      • VITICO

        Me too!!

      • Skoven

        It properly won’t because iOS 9 is rootless…

      • socrates

        Good joke

      • Skoven

        Unfortunuatly not a joke.
        Try Google: IOS rootless
        iDB also wrote about this some time ago.
        iOS will properly be jailbroken at some point, but the current taig jailbreak will propely never work for iOS 9.

      • The Fluffy Alpaca

        *Probably = big chance of happening

        Properly = working the way it’s supposed to

        Someone had to say it 😉

      • Blip dude

        I’m sorry, but I have yet to find an Article post-WWDC confirming that iOS 9 is in fact rootless. Can you please refer to me to any articles Post-WWDC confirming that iOS 9 is in fact rootless.

        That being said, if Apple hasn’t patched the exploits so far in the iOS 9 betas, then it may still be possible. But I prefer to wait at least until the 2nd Public beta before TaiG go out confirming that it is.

      • socrates

        But that’s how it is every major iOS upgrade. The OS being rootless shouldn’t complicate things too much, terms of the exploiting still stay the same, it’s just root access is hidden.

        Like you said, it’ll happen eventually.

      • 5ingularity

        it isn’t rootless, ios 8 and 9 differ in kernels

  • schoeberlt

    Could someone check the build? beta 3 is 13A4293g

    • asdas

      i confirm is beta 3

      • schoeberlt

        Do you mean that the builds are the same?

    • Tylor Jackson

      iOS 9 beta 3 build number is 13A4293g 🙂

  • Elias

    Is El capitán DP stable enough to be installed on my main computer?

    • Ángel Javier Esquivel

      No, a pre release software will never be stable.
      Ni lo intentes

      • Elias

        Of course I just wonder if it was stable “enough”.

      • It’s stable “enough”. No obvious crashes for me although I have found that the side-by-side split-screen multitasking doesn’t always work properly. El Capitan is more of a Snow Leopard release with not much new features and a focus on performance.

      • Mark S

        I would argue most versions of OS X have hardly had any features worth upgrading for since OS X first came out. Other than being forced to upgrade to use a specific piece of new software.

      • Damian

        It is very stable
        Not a single crash in the last developer version

      • Seba

        Help please. I installed El Capitan public beta but I can’t connect to Internet. It says Wi-Fi connected but I can’t open any web page Anyone else has this issue?

      • Damian

        It is very stable

    • Rupinder

      Was wondering the same thing. I think it’s probably better for us to just wait. Never know, you can be the first to experience some sort of problem. Best safe than sorry.

    • therealjjohnson

      I installed the last version on my daily computer. I dont run too many programs however. Just for my basic surfing and youtube needs, torrent downloads etc…I had no problems.

      • Elias

        Sounds good I mostly use basic applications as well however I do use Photoshop and occasionally FCPX so I’m not sure.

  • Andrew Breyen

    beta . apple . com is getting hammered.

  • AnoNymou5

    I learned my lesson installing a beta on my main MacBook Pro . Never never again …

    • Rupinder

      What happened?

    • ‘Ariff

      I too, would like to know.

  • Justin Rowe

    Tempted to stick it on my iPhone 6 just to give it a try.
    I ran the 8 beta on my 5s after registering my udid with no problems.

    • Justin Rowe

      Went for it…better make sure my watch still works lol

      • Heath

        is watchOS 1 compatible with your phone running iOS9?

  • Chris Coleman

    Im getting an error message when trying to install the profile. An overloaded server maybe?

    • Stiven Lazaroski

      Yes same here. Must be swamped.

      • Omar Hameed

        swamped means overload , right ??
        same here too … same message .. any soultion ?

      • Thomas Gehman

        I got the error message twice, but on the third try it worked. Now it’s just taking forever to install 😛
        iPhone 6 Plus here

      • Omar Hameed

        good for you … i tried 10 times and same message

  • Anthony Nguyen

    Is it possible to downgrade to iOS 8.4, after trying iOS 9

    • Was waiting for this question.

      • Picapollo

        Yes you can but it has to be a restore!

  • Toni

    How is the iOS9 performance on A5 devices so far compared to iOS 7.1.2 which i am clinging on to.

  • Yujin

    It is mad slowwwwwwwwww

  • Chris F

    Hey Jeff, Im interested will I be able to update to the gold master directly from the beta..Talking about El Capitan.

  • Sailor_V90

    Running iOS 9 beta on my iPhone 5s and the app store is missing…any ideas?

  • The Fluffy Alpaca

    I had no problems with the Yosemite public beta on my 2009 MacBook Pro last year, but I’m not sure if I should update to El Capitan…

    • Seba

      I just updated my 2008 iMac to El Capitain and no issues. Couldn’t connect to internet but after turning off wi-fi and turning down iMac its working now 🙂

  • rosssimpson

    Does El Cap public beta keep data after install or does it clean install?

    • Blip dude

      I strongly suggest you just set up a separate partition and then clean-install OS X 10.11!! Believe me, it is much safer this way.

      • rosssimpson

        I don’t mind data loss, I’ve got nothing on it that’s worth keeping.

  • Blip dude

    I will definitely beta-test OS X El Capitan, but iOS 9 is definitely out for debate. I just had to update the phone twice in 1 week for iOS 8.3 and again for iOS 8.4 and I really don’t feel like updating YET again. I’ll wait for the second public beta to decide.

  • Logan

    The website won’t let me put in my Apple ID on Safari on my IOS device, but if I go into a third party browser from the App Store, it works, but I can’t download the thing to allow me to update. What can I do?

  • Josh

    I’ll second the notion of creating a partition and installing there. I upgraded and it caused many of my daily use programs to stop working altogether. Wouldn’t even load. So…I’m in the midst of a Time Machine restore. BE CAREFUL! After this, I won’t touch iOS 9 for awhile, either. Was thinking about doing my iPad and keeping my iPhone jailbroken…but now I’m skeptical.

  • Stephen

    I love this, but I miss using 3G Unrestrictor

  • basilis

    My iphone 6 is buggy as hell, i am really frustrated. Is there any eay to install public beta 9 via itunes/restore and not ota?

  • Luke