Apple seeds iOS 10 beta 7 to developers, beta 6 to public testers

By , Aug 19, 2016

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Apple on Friday seeded the seventh beta of iOS 10 to developers. Registered developers running the latest betas can access the update via the OTA mechanism in iOS, or as a standalone download via Apple’s developer center.

Today’s release obviously comes as a surprise, given that Apple just issued beta 6 on Monday. The timing suggests that Apple has entered the fine-tuning stage, as it prepares to release iOS 10 to the public in the next few weeks.

Introduced at the World Wide Developer’s Conference in June, iOS 10 offers a number of new features and improvements. It’s compatible with the iPad 4+, the iPad mini 2+, the iPhone 5 and later, and the 6th gen iPod touch.

In addition to developer beta 7, Apple has also released iOS 10 beta 6 to public testers. We will be sure to report any notable changes. If you spot something we’ve missed, leave a comment or email us at

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  • [RECON1]

    Public Beta 6 is out as well.

    • edwilk55

      Beat me to it

    • askep3

      Isn’t it a given?

      Edit: and it’s also in the article…

      • [RECON1]

        They didn’t always come out on the same day.

  • Troy

    I think it’s the first time they release two betas in the same week

    • At least since iOS 4.2/4.2.1. Don’t remember if that came out the same week or not.

      • John

        That’s two versions of iOS. This is two versions of the SAME iOS. That’s a first for Apple.

        (And more recently, the day after Apple release iOS 9.3.3, Apple released the first beta for iOS 9.3.4)

      • Rei

        Regardless, that one was a major release, thus yielding more importance than a beta in which can be defective.

  • [RECON1]

    Anyone else having issues with those 3 emoji not staying the skin tone color you set them to?

    • Ben Gareffa

      Yes… didn’t notice it in any other betas but it’s still present in this latest one.

    • pnh

      It’s the new “racial fluid” emojis.

    • Steve Harvey

      It’s done this before. I like it. I have all mine set to white.

  • Dor Pinhas

    Camera UI is a bit changed. selfie mode on bottom, 60fps indication on top

    • Marc

      That’s been around for a few betas now.

      • Dor Pinhas

        didn’t noticed that on last beta

      • DT

        If you’re talking about them being flipped from the last beta you’re correct.

      • Abhijeet Gupta

        Didn’t Notice *

      • Kamineni Sai Sugeeth

        Grammer Nazi. :-p

      • techfreak23

        Did they bring back the option to change the slow motion fps setting within the camera app? Really annoying when they moved it to the settings app…

      • Abhijeet Gupta

        This man just woke up after few months

    • Guy

      It’s been there since the first iOS 20 beta

    • Scotow

      Is it only on Plus model ? I can’t see it on iPhone 6S.

  • Dor Pinhas

    Settings has been re-ordered. no more “mail,contacts, calendar”

    • Marc

      That’s been here since Beta 1

  • Dor Pinhas

    New Celular Data section in Settings – Music (apple music settings)

    • Marc

      That’s been here since beta 2 or 3

    • DT

      Man Dor. You’re striking out man lol

  • Jose Antonio Gomez

    How is the Battery life on iPhone 6S? In Beta 4 I had to downgrade to iOS9 because from 60% went to 30% in less than 5 minutes.

    • ericesque


      • VITICO


    • Amac25

      I haven’t installed this one yet, but beta 5 is getting normal battery life on a 6s so I’m guessing it would stay the same

    • 4pp1e

      I had the same problem, apple store suggested to turn off 4G and use 3G only turn off auto background refreshing ..a lot better now

  • Leslie Garcia

    Hope they fix the battery life and the iPhones restarting themselves.

    • 5723alex .

      Never had battery life problems of restarts on all betas with iPhone 6s plus.
      Wonder what you are installing on your device. iOS 10 betas are rock solid.

      • Leslie Garcia

        I’m downloading what’s on my phone I have no idea why my battery life is short. My phone don’t hold life long anymore

      • Leslie Garcia

        Not sure what’s going on but I download what apple puts out. Not sure why my battery is going out so fast but it never has happened before. Any suggestions?

    • 4pp1e

      I had the same problem, apple store suggested to turn off 4G and use 3G only turn off auto background refreshing, battery stiil not great but it better

      • Leslie Garcia

        Ok yeah but why do all that, it should not be like all that u know

      • 4pp1e

        That’s why it called beta mate, before downloading on term and condition you agree all trouble beta might cause

      • Leslie Garcia

        Yes and believe me I tell them what’s up lol. Hope they fix and when it comes out it’s all good

  • :|Alain|:

    I don’t know if anyone else has this problem but i am not getting watchOS 3 public beta in my watch app. I have signed up in the program, installed both devices’ profiles and am successfully running iOS 10 public beta 6. Any help is appreciated.

    • John Wickham

      There is no public beta program for watchOS.

    • Steve Harvey

      Get the developer build.

    • besrate hogsa

      A technology created, not to serve consumer demand, but to serve the
      need of device manufacturers to fill the revenue hole created by
      declining smartphone growth.
      Throw it away
      you don’t need one

      • Adhithya Gokul

        Thats not for you to decide. Everyone has their own needs and requirements. If you dont need one doesnt mean no one else does

  • Ok just noticed something. (iOS 10 Public Beta 6)

    Settings > General > Reset > Reset Home Screen Layout

    This caused my Mail and Messages apps to swap places. My Messages app which is usually the first app of the top row on my home screen, is now 3rd app in my dock, and my Mail app is now the first app/top row on my home screen.

    Wonder if this is a new layout or did something go awry during installation?

    • I think this is a new layout. I noticed it the other day, and decided to look at the marketing page for iOS 10 to see the default home screen layout and sure enough Mail and Messages were swapped. Confused the crap out of me considering I always have iPhone screen layout default on the first page.

      • Ok cool. Wasn’t sure if it was a new layout or if something had gone wrong.

  • David Pomerleau

    IPhone 6s keyboard doesn’t disappear after sending quick reply. iPhone 5 keyboard DOES disappear after hitting send. Why should 3D Touch affect this behavior?? Driving me nuts trying to find a way around it. Disabling 3D Touch in accessibility settings doesn’t work. Help!!!

    • jabohn

      It has nothing to do with 3D touch. On my iPhone 6 without 3D touch the keyboard stays open. You have to tap the X to close quick reply.

      • David Pomerleau

        Weird. iPhone 5 w 10 beta: keyboard disappears and there’s a reply option along w “clear” when you swipe left from lock screen notification. Just like iOS 9 behavior. Maybe it’s a bug? Doesn’t seem like a big deal but man it’s bugging me.

  • Amac25

    Anyone having a problem replying to messages on the lock screen? I can do a quick reply when I’m using the phone but not on the lock screen, I have to unlock and go into messages.

  • ask Siri “Who is …” it will pull up a wiki article; then simply say “read it”

  • Jesse Strickland

    iOS beta 6 won’t show up in my updates ?? Halp

  • Michael

    Is there a setting that prevents notifications from showing on the lock screen when on a phone call now? I can’t figure out how to change this but it sure is annoying when the phone just flashes or vibrates but it doesn’t tell me why and I have to unlock it to find out.