Like Google, Apple favours releasing its new software as betas before pushing out the final build to its millions of iPhones and iPads around the globe.
These beta versions of iOS give us a sneak peak at what’s coming, with respect to design tweaks and new features, but also allow Apple to find and isolate issues, bugs and things like need fixing prior to final release.
Apple has been talking up iOS 10 quite a bit since it first announced the platform live at WWDC 2016. According to Apple, iOS 10 will be the BIGGEST iOS update EVER. Here’s the official line from the company on what you can expect from iOS 10 once it lands later on this year.
“iOS 10 is our biggest release ever, with delightful new ways to express yourself in Messages, a native app for Home automation, and beautifully redesigned apps for Music, Maps, and News that are more intuitive and more powerful, making everything you love about your iPhone and iPad even better,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “iOS 10 adds Siri intelligence into QuickType and Photos, automates your home with the new Home app and opens up Siri, Maps, Phone and Messages to developers — while increasing security and privacy with powerful technologies like Differential Privacy.”
Indeed iOS 10 is looking to be the greatest iOS update yet. The bad news is that it doesn’t ship for everyone until the autumn. However, there are a few ways you can get access to iOS 10 early. We’ve explain how below.
Become a registered developer
All registered developers got access to the first beta of iOS 10 the day it was announced. And you can too—provided, again, that you are a registered developer. Being a registered developer means you can create iOS apps and distribute them on the App Store. It also means you get access to pre-release betas before everyone else so you can test your apps on new versions of the operating system.
To become a registered developer you need to enroll in the Apple Developer Program. To register you’ll need an Apple ID and also pay a £69 fee that renews annually. Once you are registered you’ll be able to download the latest betas of iOS and install them on your devices.
Become an official public beta tester
A few years ago Apple got wise to the fact that many illicit developers were selling bet slots of the new iOS to users who couldn’t wait to test it out. So last year Apple decided to throw a spanner in those works by releasing a public beta of iOS 9. And they’ve continued that public beta this year, announcing the public beta of iOS 10 will ship in July.
How is the public beta of iOS 10 different than the developer beta? It’s mostly the same, but it’s usually more stable. That’s because developers get access to the latest beta a few weeks ahead of time and they can pinpoint the major bugs (like battery drain or crashes) that a developer will tolerate, but a public beta tester might not. Apple then takes these bug reports and improves the stability of the developer beta and releases it as a public beta.
On order to get access to the public iOS 10 beta you’ll need to register as an Apple Beta Tester. Registration is free. Once you’re given access, you’ll be able to download all the public betas of iOS 10.
Become a rebel and do it the shady way
It’s available today to registered developers and will be offered as a public beta come July. However, if you’re neither a developer nor want to wait until July to try iOS 10 out as a public beta tester, there is a way to get the operating system on your device right now. What follows comes from the guys at YouTube channel TheUnlockr.
But before we show you the video there are some MAJOR WARNINGS you should heed if you’re thinking of doing this. First, know that iOS 10 is a beta, which means that things are buggy and broken. Beta software also voids any warranty on your iOS devices. So if the beta somehow bricks your device–well, time to buy a new one; you’re out of luck. Second warning: we don’t endorse doing this in any way. You do this, it’s all on you–so proceed with caution. Finally, know that this isn’t totally legit as it involves installing software meant for developers. In other words–Apple frowns upon this.
If you’re cool with all the above then check out the video below to see how you can install iOS 10 on your device right now. Or–option number 2–just, you know, wait another few weeks and download the free, legit and more stable public beta.