Signing up to get the iOS 16 or iPadOS 16 beta is simple, and can be done by enrolling an iPhone or iPad in Apple’s free Apple Beta Software Program. Instructions are below.
iOS 16 is compatible with the iPhone 8 and later, and it unfortunately drops support for the iPhone 6s and iPhone 7 models. iPhones able to run iOS 16 are listed below.
iPadOS 16 is compatible with the following iPads:
As mentioned in our tutorial for installing the public beta, it’s essential to make an archived backup of your device if you want to be able to downgrade to a version of iOS 15. Once you upgrade to iOS 16, an iOS 16 backup cannot be restored to the iOS 15 software, which is why you need to make a backup beforehand. Here’s how:
When the backup is finished, you can find the date and time of the last backup in the General tab, just above the Manage Backups button.
iOS 16 is a significant update that brings an entirely overhauled Lock Screen experience on the iPhone, letting you customize the look of your device in new ways. Lock Screens can now have widgets, and can be linked to Focus modes.
FaceTime supports Handoff, there are new health and fitness features, Apple added better photo sharing with iCloud Shared Photo Library, and tons more. A full list of iOS 16 features can be found in our dedicated iOS 16 roundup.
Some of the iOS 16 features are not yet functional and won’t be implemented until later in the beta testing period, which is something to be aware of. iOS and iPadOS 16 will be in beta testing for several months as Apple refines and updates the software ahead of its fall release.
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