Video walkthrough: everything new in iOS 10 beta 2

By , Jul 5, 2016

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Apple today seeded a second beta of iOS 10 to its registered developers and this time around, release notes are pretty packed to reflect that the company has squashed many bugs in iOS 10 beta 2 while also bringing out a bunch of notable changes, refinements and new features. Here’s our running list of everything that has been changed or tweaked in iOS 10 beta 2.

iOS 10 beta 2: video hands-on

My colleague Andrew has put together a video to show you guys 34 new features, improvements and tweaks in beta 2 that have impressed him enough. Because iOS 10 is currently in beta, Apple cautions that “some devices may experience performance issues, such as hangs and frame drops” so there’s that.

For a more detailed overview of all the new stuff in iOS 10 beta 2, see further below.

We’ll be updating this running list with more new features in iOS 10 beta 2 as we encounter them. In the meantime, feel free to contribute by telling us about your own findings in iOS 10 beta 2 down in the comments.

Notification Center enhancements

You can now access widgets while using the Notification Center on any Home screen.

In beta 1, accessing the Notification Center from a Home screen only showed notifications, not the widgets. It’s a small but important improvement, more so given that the first beta limited accessing the widgets from your Lock screen, Home screen zero and inside the Notification Center, but only if called while using an app.

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In short, widgets are now available in the Notification Center without exceptions.

As you can see for yourself, “Missed” inside iOS 10 beta 2′ Notification Center is now labeled “Recent” and The Weather Channel gets a much-deserved credit. On devices without 3D Touch, iOS 10’s rich notifications can now be interacted with by way of swiping down on them.

In iOS 10 beta 1, you had to slide over a notification banner to access its options.

Music app changes

You can once again shuffle all music by one artist in the Music app.

Plus, there’s now a Shuffle button within the Songs section so that you can enter shuffle mode without needing to play a song first. Connect tab no longer disappears from the Music app when you disable Apple Music and posts from artists you follow now appear underneath a new Connect Posts heading within the Music app’s For You section.

In iOS 10 beta 2, users can now sign in to Apple Music on Sonos, music videos can be played fullscreen and related music suggestions now appear in album pages. AirPlay devices and Bluetooth speakers and headphones show up on the Now Playing screen as well, you can now tap an artist’s name to reveal its full catalog and playlists now show in search results.

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In Library, you can now view and manage a list of all active downloads.

There’s a new Downloaded icon for playlists that have been downloaded to the Music app. Speaking of downloads, the Downloaded Music section has been renamed as Downloads and can no longer be removed. And lastly, the Music app now uses a smaller font and lets you adjust text size via the global Dynamic Text option in Settings.

More Apple Music features coming via future betas

According to Apple, certain Apple Music features will become available in a future iOS 10 beta, including the following items:

  • For You Mixes
  • Viewing Connect posts on an artist’s or curator’s page
  • Follow and unfollow option on an artist or curator’s page
  • Report a concern on Connect posts or comments
  • Delete a comment you made on Connect posts
  • Account page to view all artists you follow
  • Setting to turn on or turn off the Automatically Follow Artists preference
  • Show Complete Album for Library items
  • Display of works and movements for classical music
  • Popularity indicators for albums

Messages improvements

Three days ago, Apple launched downloadable sticker packs for iOS 10’s much-improved Messages app. In iOS 10 beta 2, a dedicated iMessage Apps section has gone live within the App Store. The App Store tab inside Messages now shows a splash screen and lets you browse and download Featured content.

You’ll also notice a new Manage section within the App Store for Messages and a switch labeled Automatically Add Apps inside of it. Toggling it to the ON prompts iOS to automatically put any apps on your device that include an iMessage extension in your app drawer in Messages. In iOS 10 beta 2, you can also delete installed iMessage apps.

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iOS 10 beta 2 also adds a new Low Quality Image Mode option in Settings → Messages. If enabled, all images will be sent in lower quality to help save cellular data.

Quick Reply for Messages notifications on non-3D Touch devices now presents you with the same embedded conversation view like on the iPhone 6s. And finally, your Digital Touch messages will now send to non-iOS 10 users in beta 2, but they won’t animate.

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The layout of the Digital Touch interface within Messages has been cleaned up a bit and iPad users will appreciate a brand new handwriting keyboard button in Messages.

Becoming organ donor via Health

A single organ donor can save as many as eight lives so Apple has built a new option into the Health application on iOS 10 beta 2 which permits U.S.-based customers to register themselves as an organ, eye and tissue donor with Donate Life America’s national organ donation registry.

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Rest Finger to Unlock

iOS 10 beta 1 has dropped the familiar slide-to-unlock gesture in favor of a new way of unlocking the device that requires you to press the Home button with an enrolled finger to get to the Home screen, or rest the finger on the Home button to unlock the device without launching the Home screen.

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In iOS 10 beta 2, there’s a new Rest Finger to Unlock option in Settings → General → Accessibility → Home Button which allows you to switch back to the old way of unlocking that didn’t require a press of the Home button.

And lastly, a padlock icon in the iOS status bar now animates with an “Unlocked” message when you unlock the device. Previously, the padlock icon simply disappeared.

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In addition to the aforementioned refinements, iOS 10 beta 2 includes the following tweaks, design changes and other improvements:

  • Refreshed HomeKit icon inside Control Center
  • New white icons for the Apple TV and speakers in the AirPlay menu in Control Center
  • 3D Touch shortcuts within Control Center for adjusting flashlight intensity now employ updated icons and wording: Low/Medium/High Intensity becomes Low/Medium/Bright Light
  • 3D Touch shortcuts menu for the Clock app inside Control Center adds icons
  • Split View is available for the App Store on the iPad Pro
  • Apple’s Feedback app has been added
  • HomeKit app and HomeKit icons in Settings now sport the same general look
  • Revamped Filters icon in the Mail toolbar resembling lines inside a circle replaces the previous funnel-style icon
  • Invoking Siri shows a subtle new animation which minimizes the Home screen or the active app
  • Maps now includes a Show Parked Location toggle in Settings so that you can optionally disable being reminded where you parked your car
  • A new Ride Booking option underneath the Prefer heading in Settings → Maps
  • Pressing a folder icon with 3D Touch now shows per-app badge count versus an “Unread” total like before
  • You can now remove the stock News app
  • iOS 10 beta 2 reverts to the old keyboard sound versus a softer keyboard clicking sound effect which debuted in iOS 10 beta 1
  • Folder animation is tweaked, folders are more blurred and transparent
  • Tweaked Spotlight animation on the widgets screen and in the Notification Center
  • Stopwatch inside the Clock app is now back to digital by default while its analog counterpart has been relocated to page two
  • When disabled, Bedtime Alarm in Clock is darkened
  • Text Size setting is moved to Settings → Display and Brightness
  • Auto-Lock Size setting is moved to Settings → Display and Brightness
  • Widgets are no longer clipped on the widgets screen
  • Holding the All Tabs icon in Safari produces a new option to make a new tab
  • Toggles for Apple Watch apps via a brand new My Watch → General → Background App Refresh section inside the companion Watch app on iPhone
  • Smart and Random Autofill options for music you sync with Apple Watch in the companion Watch app on iPhone
  • “Off” in AirDrop menu in Control Center is renamed as “Receiving Off”
  • New Reduce White Point percentage in Accessibility settings
  • New sound for iOS time wheel interface used in Clock and other apps
  • New update notification after a fresh iOS install
  • New wallpaper
  • New option in Notes’ 3D Touch shortcuts menu: New Checklist
  • New option in Health’s 3D Touch shortcuts menu: Today
  • Control Center bounce effect no longer as pronounced as before
  • AirPlay Screen has been renamed just AirPlay
  • Companion Watch app includes a new Use Previous Duration option in Breathe app settings

Some features do not work as expected yet because iOS 10 is currently in beta. For example, Faces in the Photos app do not sync across your devices

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More importantly, functionality which requires adoption from the App Store apps, such as iMessage apps, SiriKit and Maps extensions, will not be available until those apps are able to adopt and submit to the App Store.

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For the complete list of fixes, check out Apple’s iOS 10 beta 2 release notes.

Other developer updates

Apple today also released the following software for developers:

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As long as iOS 10 is in beta, expect bugs and various hiccups.

Apple typically optimizes iOS for speed and low battery consumption after all of the features have been locked, bugs squashed and code thoroughly tested, meaning by the time one of the betas reaches a Golden Master status.

iOS 10 availability

iOS 10 is available to members of the Apple Developer Program and will launch to public beta testers signed on the Apple Beta Software Program in July ahead of public availability this fall.

System requirements for iOS 10 are the same as those for its predecessor, but the iPhone 4s, original iPad mini and iPad 2 are no longer supported.

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  • englishmike

    Bring back Beta 1 Keyboard sound.

    • Eric Ortiz

      Completely agree

    • Yes! Bring it back; it had a lovely quality to it

    • You didn’t read the full list of changes, did you?

      • Xander Allen

        read that comment again. He said bring back the BETA 1 keyboard. Beta 2 brings back the iOS 9 keyboard sound.

      • Y2J

        I love when people are sarcastic but they’re wrong

      • englishmike

        100%. People are to quick to type as they think they know best!

      • englishmike

        LOL. Thank you!

      • englishmike

        You didn’t read my comment carefully, did you?!

  • Mark

    Are the wallpapers part of beta 2? never seen them but I wanna get them

  • Eric Ortiz

    Wish the rest finger to open worked

    • Vasu Chawla

      it worked, 🙂 just close the settings app after that setting change
      it started working for me after 2-3 tries

  • Franklin Richards

    Beta 2 is out for devs. So Public Beta 1 should be out soon = 3. I hope.

  • Kurt

    I don’t see the shuffle all songs by artist on the iPad.

  • Jonas

    Which is all recent wallpapers present in iOS 10 beta?

  • disqus_6bcHVmKl86

    The ‘Locked’ / ‘Unlocked’ animation doesn’t seem to appear for me in my iOS 10 Beta 2 version? I’ve already tried changing the language from ‘Dutch’ to ‘English’, but it still doesn’t show up whenever I wake up the phone. Anyone else having problems with this ?

    • Wake the phone on the Lock screen by pressing the Sleep/Wake button and then rest your finger on Touch ID but don’t press the Home button and you should see an Unlocked animation in the iOS status abr

      • disqus_6bcHVmKl86

        I did what you said, but it still isn’t showing up…

      • disqus_6bcHVmKl86

        Oh, my bad it’s working now. I didn’t activated Touch ID =)

  • Martynet

    I have to say, this version fixed everything what was bothering me in beta 1. Didn’t have one problem whatsoever after the update. It nearly feel like final release. I’m really pleasantly surprised. Well done Apple. The only thing missing now is D A R K mode 😉

    • Zack Morris

      Agreed. This is very stable. Anyone on the fence should give this beta a try.

    • Steve Harvey

      Well with all the updates in this beta, we may be able to expect big things and changes in future betas.

  • Siri seems to open apps very snappy. Still cant get Universal Clipboard to work though…

    • Andranik Sahakyan

      Is Bluetooth enabled on both your iPhone and Mac? Make sure Bluetooth and Handoff are both enabled, universal keyboard should work automatically.

      • Bluetooth enabled of course; have a mid 2011 imac; so I prolly lack the handoff chip. But universal keyboard is icloud; no?

  • viktortrass

    I want beta 1 keyboard sound please add option

    • englishmike

      100% agree!

  • jabohn

    I see nothing different in the Music font, nor any options to change the font size.

    • Agneev Mukherjee

      That should be the first improvement Apple had to make in beta 2…

  • techfreak23

    Not only does the lower quality images in messages reduce cellular data usage but it also reduces the space that message attachments take up. I’ve seen as much as 7 or 8GB on people’s phones because they send a lot of picture and video messages, but never clear out their threads. I myself am at 4.8GB because I like to hold onto those attachments over time and I don’t have the “keep messages for a year” thing turned on. Do video messages count towards that as well or is it just photos?

  • David Beugnon

    Unfortunately, the slide down for not 3D-Touch compatible devices isn’t working for me and shows me the plain view we’re used to.

    • Kris Venden

      Not seeing this functionality on my iPhone SE, either. Was confused by the article stating it while their demo device in the vid is a 3D-Touch capable phone.. Can anyone elaborate on this, please?

  • 5723alex .

    Does iOS 10 beta 2 work with current WatchOS 2.2.1 or I am forced to upgrade to WatchOS 3 beta 2 ?

  • Valentin Ottone

    Hey! i don’t know if any of you guys experienced it, but since beta 2, i can’t see anymore my favorites on the widgets, it just stays empty :/ any suggestions?

  • Andrieux Querido

    Facebook keeps crashing bad. Any way to fix it??

  • Josh Witt

    So how exactly does rest finger to unlock work? I have tried turning on and off and everything for me works as it does before, nothing different. When on lock screen and I raised to unlock then rest my finger to unlock it just says unlocked in the status bar and I still need to click to unlock. When I turn this new setting off it behaves the same way. I can place my finger on the home button to unlock and unlock appears in the status bar but I still need to click to open my phone. I thought that this would have been a way to unlock the phone after raising to wake without having to press the home button. Is this just not working properly? Hmm

  • Nikita Ostrovsky

    Guys! After this update on my 5S on messages on lockscreen I lost reply button. And also on email I lost delete button by swiping. Just have only 2 options: view and clear on any notification((( Anyone meets the same?

    • David

      Same here. I’m sure they will fix it until the public beta comes out. At least the notifications work quite well. In the first beta, I always missed my notifications since iOS just didn’t deliver it.

  • andrey

    iOS 10 Beta 2 is much more stable and faster than the first one 🙂 atleast for me on iPhone 6 Plus 64GB

  • lemonhead

    The music app is starting to get better, but still far from good looking!

    I hope the change the play view, the fonts are still way to big there as well as the buttons and the slider ugh..

    also one thing i’m still missing, is an easy way to make all music offline

  • TheShade247

    Viberation toggle switch has a different feeling on iPhone 6s

  • Kanwarpal Singh

    Is it just me or REST FINGER TO UNLOCK really not working?

    • Ooze

      its not working for me at all. iphone 6S here

  • David Terminal Illness Loro

    can anyone explain how 3d touch shortcuts work on older devices? cant figure it out…

    • They don’t work at all unless you happen to own an iPhone 6s/Plus. Without 3D Touch shortcuts, more tapping will be involved in accomplishing certain tasks, but lack of 3D Touch does not take away anything from you in terms of usability or features

  • Brandon

    rich notifications still not working on my iphone 5. Are they available for the iphone 5 or am i missing something?

    • swipe down on them?

      • Brandon

        yes i tried that. But I still only get the same view and options that are on the previous ios versions. Beta 2 was suppose to introduce the same rich notifications that 3d touch devices have. However they are not working on my iphone 5. Not sure if it’s a bug or if the iphone 5 is not supported

  • “Faces in the Photos app do not sync across your devices”

    They never will sync across devices, since that would be a breach of Apple’s stance on privacy.

  • Ashish

    Activity widget doesnt show data on locked iphone screen on ios 10 public beta..
    only shows after unlocking iphone..Can anyone confirm

  • Sunny Sharma

    how to jailbreak ios 9.3.2 ?

  • Eoin

    Has there been any mention of changes to keyboard shortcuts to make them closer to those of OSX? The main ones I’m thinking of are: Command+Click/Tap to open a link in a new tab in Safari
    Command+[ or ] to move between tabs in Safari

    Better yet – maybe even customize them? (Unlikely, but would be nice)

    These things would really make my iPad Pro feel much more ‘computer-like’