Public betas for iOS 10 and macOS Sierra now available

By , Jul 7, 2016

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Apple on Thursday seeded public betas for both iOS 10 and macOS Sierra. The releases, which come just a few days after beta 2 of both software updates pushed out to developers, can be downloaded by members of Apple’s Beta Software Program.

iOS 10 brings about a number of changes, including a refreshed Messages app with tons of new features, enhanced notifications, Spotlight widgets, and much more. There aren’t quite as many changes in macOS Sierra, but it compliments iOS 10 nicely.

Here’s our video walkthrough of iOS 10:

And a look at some of the new macOS Sierra features:

As with all betas, we don’t recommend you install iOS 10 or macOS Sierra on your primary devices. There are reasons why Apple has not yet deemed these updates ready for the public, including third party software compatibility and other bugs.

Apple has said that both iOS 10 and macOS Sierra will officially launch this fall.

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  • [RECON1]

    Interesting how they used a redemption code for macOS and not a profile like before.

    • john snow

      is it safe now to use Sierra on main machine?

      • [RECON1]

        I can’t answer that for you. I do, but I’m willing to take that risk.

      • Matt

        I did that last year… worst mistake I could have made. iPhone yes, mac no

      • Omri

        Don’t upgrade to the public beta.
        I’ve upgraded and now I can’t use my Mac
        (MBP 2012).
        it’s so unstable…

      • bashir

        you hade it coming, most features wont work , upgrade to a retina mac

  • Wilber Alexander Flores

    I’m on 9.3.3 beta 5 public and I don’t see the update it says 9.3.3 is the the latest

    • 5723alex .

      You need to delete the current beta profile and download iOS 10 beta profile.

  • Dr.Shridhar

    No they have profile like before

  • 5723alex .

    iOS 10 public beta 1 is live. Downloading now. 1.9GB for iPhone 6s plus.

  • Chindavon

    I have a work 2009 Mac Pro, 8 core 32GB ram, and getting and message that I can’t download the public beta. Any ideas?

    • DT

      macOS Sierra is only available for Mac Pro starting in 2010.

      • Chindavon

        Well that’s pretty lame. thx.

      • Jose Rivera

        I’m really surprised you don’t know the system requirements for this version. The only 2009 machines that are supported are the Mid-2009 iMac, and late 2009 MacBook unibody polycarbonate. Everything else is 2010 and later.

      • Chindavon

        Ya. . . . . . . me too. I was in a rush with excitement to try it out, everything went out the window. lol

  • triggerhappypunk

    what about watchOS 3 public beta… is it out yet?

    • DT

      It won’t be. There’s no way to downgrade without sending it to apple so there is no public betas.

      • triggerhappypunk

        ah ok, thanks for the info. think i’ll hold off on the betas then.

  • Luke

    What do you do if you have the developer beta? Is it better to keep that or update to the public beta somehow? Or are they the same thing?

    • Me

      Public beta has the same build number as beta 2. They would be the same.

    • Anonymous

      The only benefit by using the dev account is you’ll get the beta up dates faster… but there is more risk. I would say stick with the public beta unless your a real dev.

  • Julio M.

    Nothing gets deleted/lost when I update right? I’ve never updated before, always restored

    • [RECON1]

      I’ve never had an issue. If you’re updating to macOS it’ll prompt you to make sure you have the latest backup to Time Machine.

      • Julio M.

        Alright, thanks, I’m installing the iOS 10 beta

  • MrTarek

    How’s the iOS 10 beta ? I got a 6s ! Is it buggy ?

    • Y2J

      I’m on the dev beta 2 and it’s not horrible. Some minor bugs here and there but significantly better than beta 1. 6s+

    • Wilber Alexander Flores

      Honestly I was just on the developer beta 2 and went back to 9.3.2 and now I’m on the public beta 1 and it feels better than the developer beta 2 not sure why but it just does

      Also I have a 6s plus

    • Anonymous

      There are some bugs but is not bad, same phone as you i have. commenting in this thread has been a pain… if i type to fast it jumps to the bottom of the screen. Only bug i have found so far.

  • Omar D. Plumey

    Safe enough to use as a daily driver?

    • MrTarek

      For Mac or iOS ?

      • Omar D. Plumey

        Whoops. iOS 10.

      • MrTarek

        I don’t see any people complaining about it, I’m downloading it anyways

    • Y2J

      It’s been mine since the day beta 1 was released and I haven’t had any major issues. Beta 2 is significantly more stable as well

    • Anonymous

      I suppose that depends on your use and bugs. Its going good for me thou

  • Wilber Alexander Flores

    So is the public beta the beta 2 or beta 1

    • Wilber Alexander Flores

      I know it says public beta 1 but does it use the developer 2 or 1

      • MrTarek

        Dev build 2 , public 1

  • japplemusik

    IMPORTANT QUESTION! I didn’t have enough storage on my iPad to download it so it deleted almost all my apps in order to download. I’ve installed it but now all my apps are blacked out and all say “waiting”. It’s been an hour. I’ve restarted my iPad twice and nothing seems to work. Why aren’t they downloading?!

    • José Gabriel Rivera Velázquez

      Log out of iCloud and log back in. Might fix that.

    • Anonymous

      Restore it and try again

  • Y2J

    Is the iOS 10 public beta any different from the developer beta 2?

    • Abhijeet Gupta

      Nope

  • Chris Coleman

    So far so good, just noticed the voice recognition section in settings….future feature maybe?

    • Abhijeet Gupta

      Very stable !! No app crashes or random resprings so far

    • Chris Owen

      I think that most likely has something to do with Apple opening Siri up to third party developers. If so this would be where you could allow or disallow an app’s permission to access Siri.

  • [RECON1]

    I was on developer beta and tried installing the public beta. It used to let you, but now after the restart, checking in software update just says you’re on the latest firmware.

    • Bruno Couto

      probably its the same build

      • [RECON1]

        Yeah but with iOS 9 I believe developer and public betas were the same build number, but you were actually able to switch between the two. Even if firmware wise they were the exact same.

      • Bruno Couto

        no, in ios9 the final caractere in build was “A” on dev and “B” on public…

  • Jose Antonio Gomez

    I know is a Beta, but my iPhone with iOS10 Beta 1 does not seem to recognize the Touch ID to unlock it. Is this happening to everyone or just me?

    • Vishal Jain

      You’ll have to press the home button to unlock the device. Just by placing your finger on the touch id won’t help.

      • J3ff

        one of the most annoying things! Im so accustomed to resting my finger and of course they have to change it…

      • Vishal Jain

        Looks like the devs heard you. Rest your finger on the home button to unlock is back 😀

  • Alex-V

    I installed the beta profil over the dev Beta Profil..think its safer for me as i dont have a real dev Account ..and nothing to Download so i say dev Beta 2 is public Beta 1

  • MrTarek

    I don’t want this , I don’t want to press the home button every time I unlock ! Help

    • Chris Owen

      Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Home Button and toggle on “Rest Finger to Unlock” This will allow you to unlock your iPhone as usual.

      NOTE: This setting may not work for all users, If it doesn’t it should be fixed in an upcoming update.

      • MrTarek

        toggled that on , did not work ;_;

      • Chris Owen

        Do you have Touch ID on? If you do have it on and it doesn’t work then it’s just a bug that will soon be fixed.

        If you aren’t using Touch ID or a passcode then in order to unlock you have to press the home button.

      • MrTarek

        yeah i have it one , i hope they fix it asap cause its annoying

      • Mukund Bhatla

        Just submitted the report to apple, hope that they come out with a fix soon

  • David Pomerleau

    Not wild about the new quick reply from the lock screen. Keyboard should disappear after hitting send.

    • Raymond Beavers

      I agree. I hope they fix this in a future beta release.

  • Speg77

    Constantly fails to verify after downloading the public beta…why??

  • Wilber Alexander Flores

    This iOS beta version runs pretty well on my iPhone 6s Plus . Only problem is that it is a bit jittery so what I did was turn on reduce motion and everything is smooth since it’s just the switcher and exiting apps that has a little bit of a stutter to it by turning that toggle on the whole experience becomes more usable until of course newer betas fix the problem . till then

  • Mike M. Powell

    the beta for sierra is pretty good, but i believe apple up’d the font

  • Julio M.

    Can you download the beta through iTunes? Cuz it just says 9.3.2 is the latest software, although my device is enrolled and the update appears in settings

    • MrTarek

      No , only through the idevice itself

  • leart

    if I move spotlight search to quick for 5-6 time, it will slow down the device and it will stuck like this… everything is disabled except for the contacts..

  • Sophia

    I have the right profile and am enrolled with the public beta but can’t download the update.. it downloads but right when it whittles to 0 seconds an error message pops up that says “Software Update Failed – An error occurred downloading iOS 10 Public Beta 1” . I’ve restarted, done a hard reset too. Does anyone have any ideas or workarounds? I’m dying to try ios10!

  • 5723alex .

    Touch-ID unlock doesn’t work on my iPhone 6s Plus after iOS 10 Public beta 1. Need to press home to unlock.

    • Mukund Bhatla

      Happening here too 5s

  • Okada San

    Anyone else having trouble downloading the file? After archiving a back up, I go to download the file and this is where it takes me. When I click open it says “unable to open file”. I’ve already deleted the previous beta profile from my iPad so that shouldn’t be the issue. Any thoughts?

    • Isaiah Comer

      Google Chrome cannot download .mobileconfig files to the iOS operating system. Only Safari can do that.

      • Okada San

        Thanks for the info Isaiah. I ended up doing a factory reset and then installing the beta. I’ll do a factory reset a couple times a year just to clean things up anyway so it was due. Cheers!

  • Kelsey J Beers

    Siri is not working on my Mac….. Are there specific hardware specifications to get it to work… I.e. Have to have a newer MacBook or something, the type of stuff apple always does.

  • Daniel Brown

    Hi, is anyone else having issues with Siri on their macs not recognising them from their contact card? Mine keeps calling me my Sons name

  • Paul

    What is the number of the public versions of macOS and iOS ?

  • Farid Ahmed

    My iOS 9 backup was updated by iOS 10 beta backup as it automatically updates once phone is connected to a charger and is connected to wifi, so any chance i can restore this iOS 10 backup back to iOS 9? As far as i know newer iOS version backup can not be restored to old ones but still hoping for a miracle

    • Isaiah Comer

      Yes there is a way to go back to iOS 9, but you will have to look for it. A little time on Google should reveal the answer…