Back in June, Apple unveiled the next major versions for all of its most popular platforms. Since then, Apple has been working on the public launch as it normally does: by seeding betas. And today, the newest prerelease software is now available for public beta testers trying out iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and macOS 12 Monterey.
On Friday, Apple seeded the second public betas of iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and macOS 12 Monterey to public beta testers. While this is specifically meant for those within the public beta test program, so not specifically developers, it’s still not wise to install the prerelease software on a daily driver. Things will likely still be a little rough around the edges.
For those already in the program, the latest betas can be downloaded and installed as an over-the-air update. If you are not already registered for the program but want to try out the new software, you can sign up here.
As Apple puts it:
The Apple Beta Software Program lets users try out pre-release software. The feedback you provide on quality and usability helps us identify issues, fix them, and make Apple software even better. Please note that since the public beta software has not yet been commercially released by Apple, it may contain errors or inaccuracies and may not function as well as commercially released software. Be sure to back up your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch and your Mac using Time Machine before installing beta software. Since Apple TV purchases and data are stored in the cloud, there’s no need to back up your Apple TV. Install the beta software only on non-production devices that are not business critical. We strongly recommend installing on a secondary system or device, or on a secondary partition on your Mac.
Safari changes in iOS 15 and iPadOS 15
iOS 15 details
- 12 of the most exciting new features in iOS 15
- FaceTime sees major improvements, including SharePlay and updates to video and audio.
- Apple updates Notifications to give even more granular control, and updates the UI
- Messages gets even more collaborative with Shared With You
- The Wallet app supports drivers licenses, state I.D.s, additional house keys, and more car keys
- Safari gets a new Tab experience
- The Photos app now supports Live Text, which can be searched for and directly interacted with
- Spotlight gets improvements, can be used to find Live Text in Photos
- AirPods Pro and AirPods Max get better Find My support
- And much more
iPadOS 15 details
- Split View and a new Shelf make multitasking easier on iPadOS
- There are several new keyboard shortcuts available
- Widgets get a new size option, and the ability to place on the Home Screen
- The App Library is available
macOS Monterey details
- macOS 12 is officially known as Monterey
- The new software supports updated FaceTime with SharePlay
- Shortcuts make the leap to Mac
- Universal Control makes it possible to use a single mouse and/or keyboard with multiple devices at once
- AirPlay to Mac is finally a thing
- Safari now supports a major redesign (again), and offers Tab Groups and a new tab toolbar for easier access
- Extensions are improved in macOS Monterey
- Plus more
The latest public betas are available now.