Get the first iOS 10 public beta today

iOS 10 Public Beta available

The first iOS 10 public beta has arrived. Anyone enrolled in the Apple Beta Software Program can now download and install the latest and greatest version of iOS to test out on their devices. The release comes hot on the heels of iOS 10 beta 2, which was recently seeded to developers. Alongside iOS 10, Apple has launched the public beta of macOS Sierra.

While installing the public beta brings all of the new features of iOS 10 to your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, the firmware is still a work in progress. Apple makes it easy to send feedback on its public betas, which helps engineers find and resolve problems before the final release. iOS 10 is expected to launch with the iPhone 7 in September.

Getting the iOS 10 public beta requires a few steps, such as signing up for the Apple Beta Software Program and then installing the latest public beta on your iOS device. Once the beta version is installed, iOS can be downgraded to the previous version if there are any problems.

iOS 10 contains many refinements and new features. Not only can stock Apple apps be removed from the home screen, but the lock screen will automatically wake when the iPhone is raised. Messages will get a variety of enhancements, including large emojis, stickers and bubble effects. App developers will also have access to Messages and Siri, which could lead to some interesting applications.

To test drive the iOS 10 public beta on your iPhone, make sure your device is enrolled in the Apple Beta Software Program and grab the update.