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Somewhat unexpectedly, Apple this morning issued new developer-only betas of iOS 10, macOS Sierra, tvOS 10 and watchOS 3—a mere week after posting their respective fourth beta. While Apple’s release notes for iOS 10 beta 5 (build number “14A5335b”) mention no new features as we inch closer to a Gold Master, there are a few tidbits and tweaks to wet your appetite.

Aside from other changes, for instance, iOS 10 beta packs in a new lock sound and lets you download apps from the App Store after a reboot without needing to re-authorize Touch ID purchase with your Apple ID password.

Video hands-on: iOS 10 beta 5

My colleague Andrew O’Hara has put together a video walkthrough of everything new in iOS 10 beta 5, which runs four minutes and fifteen seconds long.

If you don’t see the embedded clip, watch it on YouTube.

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Here’s a running list of what’s new in iOS 10 beta 5.

New Lock sound

With the Lock Sound switch in Settings → Sound set to the ON position, you will hear an all-new sound when locking an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with iOS 10 beta 5. I’ve embedded a short YouTube clip below so that you can get a feel for it.

Kinda reminds me of the sound of a door closing. Plus, existing keyboard clicks are definitely louder than in the previous beta, which is nice because those new clicking sounds were too quiet.

Downloading apps after a reboot with Touch ID

Normally, when an iPhone or iPad is set up with Touch ID, a passcode is required to unlock the device after a reboot, and you must also confirm your Apple ID password to re-authorize buying apps with Touch ID.

iOS 10 beta 5 seems to have gained the ability to download apps from the App Store after a reboot with Touch ID authorization—without needing to re-authorize yourself with your Apple ID password. This goes for both free and paid downloads.

Digital Touch splash screen

In the fifth beta, taking the Digital Touch interface within Messages full screen now pulls up a splash screen explaining the different gestures for sending animated kisses, heartbeats, heartbreaks and fireballs, in addition to sketching and tapping.

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I could be wrong, but none of the previous betas put up that screen when tapping the full screen button in the lower right corner of the Digital Touch interface.

RELATED: iOS 10 Messages does apps, stickers, animations, effects & more

You can dismiss the info screen by tapping the “x” in the upper left corner, but the splash screen would re-appear for me every time I took Digital Touch full screen.

Tweaked AirPlay audio icons

A feature for switching audio output inside Music, within Control Center and elsewhere in iOS now uses an updated visual style and device icons. Previously, sending audio from an app to a speaker, a Bluetooth headset, an AirPlay device or your iPhone required tapping an icon resembling stylized headphones.

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Updated device and audio output icons in Control Center and Music.

In iOS 10 beta 5, a new audio output icon is used within Music and Control Center—it kinda looks like an AirDrop icon with a solid black triangle at the bottom.

Widgets from apps have dark background

The new widgets panel in iOS 10, which you can access to by swiping from left to right in the Notification Center or on the Lock screen, now distinguishes visually between Apple’s stock widgets and those from third-party apps.

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Stock widgets have light background, at left.
In iOS 10 beta 5, a darker background is used for widgets from third-party apps.

As you can see for yourself, in the fifth beta widgets from apps have a dark background while Apple’s stock widgets retain their light background. Speaking of widgets, the widgets panel in iOS 10 beta 5 now displays the date on all devices.


Photos on iOS 10 beta 5 needs to re-process any facial recognition data carried over from a previous, which will also reset all your people names and merged face data.

Go to Photos → Albums → People and you’ll see a message saying that your iPhone must be locked and connected to power for Photos to re-scan the library so that its facial and scene recognition algorithm can re-process the images.

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Note that no data about your photos leaves your device, thanks to Apple’s use of a novel Differential Privacy technique that allows Photos to take advantage of the underlying hardware to process objects, faces and scenes directly on the device.

In the fifth beta, the Home section has been removed from Settings on the iPhone (it’s still available on the iPad). As you know, iOS 10 lets you remove stock apps from the Home screen. In iOS 10 beta 5, third-party apps are now able to play back music even if the stock Music app has been removed from a user’s device.

In Messages, photo thumbnails should no longer draw with incorrect zoom, which resulted in gray padding surrounding images. People who use Bluetooth Low Energy-based hearing aids with their iPhone that is also connected to an Apple Watch should no longer hear occasional audio dropouts or skips.

Next, Pass update banners will no longer fail to show unless previous pass notifications are first cleared from the Notification Center. After enabling speaker during a call in the Phone app, subsequent calls will no longer use speaker by default.

Speaking of Phone, iOS 10 be 5 also fixes UI issues when making back-to-back Emergency CS 911 calls as the dealer interface no longer displays “911 calling” instead of “911 Emergency call-calling”.

Release nots mention that the fifth beta now works as intended with Apple’s Smart Battery Case for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s. “Devices will no longer panic when using iPhone 6s Smart Battery Case,” according to Apple.

iOS 10 beta 5 also fixed a bug that prevented setting up an Apple TV using a Tap to Setup feature on an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. “You should be able to proceed beyond the Network Connected screen,” as per release notes.

While testing In-App Purchases in the App Store sandbox, the first authentication dialog should no longer appear twice. And last but not least, new content is available in the Swift Playgrounds app on iPad, including Learn to Code Part 2.

iDB previews iOS 10

We’ve explored other aspects of iOS 10 in rich detail:

For other hands-ons, see our previews of macOS Sierra, watchOS 3 and tvOS 10.

iOS 10 availability

iOS 10 Developer Preview is available to members of the Apple Developer Program.

iOS 10 Public Beta is available to non-developers who are signed on the Apple Beta Software Program. The operating system will release as a free update for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch this fall.

System requirements for iOS 10 are same as those for iOS 9, with the exception of iPhone 4s, original iPad mini and iPad 2 which are are no longer supported.

Help us find more changes in beta 5!

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  • John Wickham

    Really glad to hear that Touch ID can be used to download apps without entering a password! I hope that makes it to the release.

    • Y2J

      Same, I personally find it annoying having to re enter my password after a reboot.

    • :D

      Yh hope it isn’t just a bug

    • Agneev Mukherjee

      Me too.

  • Sagar Rana

    Apple release iOS 10 Public Beta 4 too @iDownloadBlog

    • Chindavon

      Nice. Downloading it now.

      • Sagar Rana

        Hope you will enjoy 😉 @Chindavon

  • [RECON1]

    Seems like the third-party Widgets have the darker background, but the stock ones aren’t. I think it would be better if it was all the same.

    • ericesque

      I’ve read elsewhere that the dark background is for apps where widgets haven’t been updated for iOS 10. Makes sense since developers would have designed those widgets to look right on iOS 9’s dark widget screen.

  • I wonder why my phone needs to be locked in order for Faces to be processed

    • Henrik Frey

      Maybe because of the processing power it needs to recognize Faces.

    • Because it takes a very long time if you have lots of photos and is processor and battery intensive. Makes sense when you think about it as otherwise people would complain about iOS 10 battery life. Similar to how iCloud backups occur automatically only when iPhone is on Wi-Fi and connected to power.

      • Ahh yeah, I see what you mean there. Although surely a simple warning message that those might occur would suffice?

      • Liam J. Kowalski

        People are stupid sometimes and don’t read warning messages while clicking them away. Or they forget about it some week after. You would need to show that message every time which isn’t really Apple-like.

      • CaptainHappy

        I should think it’s very processor intensive for a phone/tablet (Google use data centres to do similar tasks), so would probably have an impact on the user experience , introduce lag, etc.. as well as battery life. Safer just to impose these criteria and avoid all the grief that will go with it.

      • dklebedev

        Because the design is a mess. Files get downloaded scanned and then removed. It reaps both battery and performance. Wish Apple would use iCloud if it’s enabled.

  • Ben Gareffa

    I can confirm that the Digital Touch splash page is not new in this beta. It was present for me in Public Beta 3 (last weeks release).

    • Yes, but was it present every time you took Digital Touch full screen? It used to be a one-time thing.

      • Ben Gareffa

        Oh, you’re right. I don’t believe it was persistent like that before. I wonder why they would make it that way…

  • edwilk55

    Public beta is out

  • Matthew

    Are these betas stable enough now to use on my daily driver? I have been holding off…

    • Y2J

      I used dev betas 1-3 as my daily driver and even those were pretty stable with minimal issues.

    • Definitely stable..

    • Ben Gareffa

      You may notice some slowdown and a bit of an increased battery hit, but they’re quite stable at this point. /’S they get better in terms of speed and battery usage with every update.

    • I’ve been using it since the first PB and rarely have issues, never any major issues. Only a few glitches here and there.

    • CaptainHappy

      Since beta 4 arrived with the new animation tweaks it’s felt like the best iOS ever, so much ‘snappier’ now! You get the odd stutters in framerate when using the multitasking view and some 3rd party apps crash. I’d say that’s it really – if you depend on a lot of 3rd party apps, hold off but if you’re mostly using the built in Apple apps or only a few 3rd party apps you’re good to go.

    • dklebedev

      Looks pretty good from up here.

    • I’ve been using it since the first developer beta. I had problems only in the first beta, but right now beta 5 feels stable and i use all different kind of apps (Whatsapp, Snapchat, Facebook, Games etc). The only problem is that my phone isn’t running as smoothly as ios 9, which is normal.

  • Shafittey

    They missed one changes that i know in iOS 10 beta 5. When you put the lightning port in your phone it will warn you if there is any liquid and so to get rid of the warning from your phone screen you have to ignore it twice.but now it has changed as easy as turning off your iPhone. In iOS 10 Beta 5 you can get rid of the warning by sliding the X at the bottom of the warning just like turning your iPhone off. thank you

    • Y2J

      That’s from the previous beta.

      • Shafittey

        i didnt see that changes in the Beta 4

  • Matthew

    Does anyone know if these work with Good Technology work app? I need that functional for work….

    • daniel rivera

      Do you mean the red icon app used for mail? I use it in PB4 and it works fine

      • Matthew

        Yeah the red one that says “Good”.

    • CaptainHappy

      I’d say if you need your phone for work to hold off, probably only just over a month until full release now anyway…

  • The music app…………………. is really disappointing. I thought after 5 betas it would get better but… still sucks. Music is really a big deal for me in terms of sticking with Apple. WHY are “Songs” sorted by artist and not alphabetically? we have an Artist tab for that…. the overall design is terrible. I wish they would have at least kept the color schemes the changed based off of the album cover art that is playing… Change it back!!!!!!!!!!!!! and While they’re updating this Music app and switching Music Videos On/Off between the Video App and Music App……….. Can the Video App get a much needed overhaul?

    • Marlon Criss

      You can choose to sort songs by Title(which means alphabetically), or by Artist(which means artists alphabetically). Been that way since iPods. Don’t like the service use one of the many other streaming options.

      • Steven Rogers

        Do you happen to know if you can change it back to the list view with small icons like in ios 9 rather than having big huge square album icons? The design is absolutely atrocious.

      • czbird

        This design is something some of us were waiting for for years 🙂

      • dklebedev

        Do you actually scroll through the list? Y no use search?

    • Owen

      Is the 5 star rating system still missing from the beta music app? This is by far my biggest annoyance with the uodate.

    • CaptainHappy

      Dude, it’s not the answer to all your problems but…

      Settings > Music > Sort Songs and Albums > By Title

      That will arrange songs alphabetically.

  • Andrieux Querido

    Sierra Public beta 4 is out too.

  • Andrieux Querido

    Sierra public 4 saiu tbem

  • Duraid Abdul

    Digital Touch splash screen was here since beta 4…

  • MrSolo816

    Will IOS 10 beta and the current watch os play nice together? I don’t want to update the watch cause you can’t go back…

    • DT

      I had nothing but problems with Public Betas 1-3 and watchOS 2.2.2 with it not syncing anything. Can’t confirm on PB4 yet.

    • 5723alex .

      My iOS beta 1-4 work flawlessly with Apple Watch 2.2.2

  • Is it just me or the brightness is no longer as bright as iOS 9.3 or lower. And the lowest brightness is really hard to see. It happened on Beta 4 and still present in 5

    • ChrisLinke

      Check your accessibility settings -> Display accomodations -> Reduce White Point. I’ve had this switched on to try and save battery (whether or not it does is a different matter).

      You could be right and I haven’t noticed the dimming because I’m using this setting anyway, but play with this first.

  • drurichman

    whet, not wet— something to whet your appetite: stimulate, excite, arouse, rouse, kindle, trigger, spark, quicken, stir, inspire, animate, waken, fuel, fire, activate, tempt, galvanize. (sorry, don’t mean to be a Grammar Nazi)

  • Brett Kessner

    ios tiger… it’s like iphone the 2005 imac edition…. yuck

  • Jason Brain

    I think apple is using the minecraft wood sound for the lock sound

    • exactly what i thought lol

  • the lock sound should be a bit louder; and more metallic and strong

  • You guys from iDB have terrible taste for music.

    • iFlasher

      No. You have a different taste for music than iDB guys.

  • Mark

    Idk if this was done in previous betas but I noticed if you have your screen on and you turn your phone upside down, it turns the screen off

  • Mark

    Also noticed they fixed the quick reply bug they had in beta 4

  • Alim

    I’m in the beta testing program, and I was only notified of iOS 10 beta 4 today. I wonder if that’s because of the regional I’m in.

  • Luizo Val

    Digital touch screen I saw it since beta 3 public

  • Hendo27

    So the video finally comes out. There were many videos out before this one with more new features. Why was the IDB bar lowered when Jeff left?????

  • Yazdan Khazeni

    Has anyone installed this beta on air2?
    I installed and it’s awful 😐

    • How so?

      • Yazdan Khazeni

        Some hangs in safari
        And dock has bugs that I can’t explain it. I just need to show it and I can’t anymore because I’m on 9.3.3 now.

  • ticky13

    I noticed after installing the new public beta this morning, my available storage space increased significantly. Can anyone else confirm if this is me related or beta related?!

  • Thelumpster

    Messages has several different tones depending on what letter/punctuation/delete button you hit… It’s driving me crazy! Almost as crazy as Messages no longer capitalizing the first word after an ellipsis…