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Apple Starts First iOS 15 Public Beta

Apple has now released the first public beta versions for iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 – the new operating system is now being tested for everyone interested. This was preceded by two publications for developers.

At the WWDC at the beginning of June, Apple announced that it would start the public beta program for iOS in the near future, as in previous years. Today the time has come, the first public beta version is available via MacRumors. End users can now download the iOS beta and try out the first new functions. The build is based on the second developer preview that we reported on earlier. The new version is now also available as an over-the-air update for registered users.

SharePlay starts

iOS 15 brings new features to FaceTime, distraction reduction tools, updated notifications, and privacy improvements. Apple has also activated SharePlay in iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 so that users can watch video content or listen to music together via FaceTime. Maps have also received its new icon, which has already been introduced, but new functions have not been added. With the Memoji, customizable outfits for the small characters are now starting in iOS 15 Beta 2. In addition, there is especially something new “under the hood”. Apple has fixed a large number of bugs from the first beta version and incorporated a number of other improvements.

How To Enter beta program

Participation in the beta program is free of charge and requires a one-time registration for the program at beta.apple.com/sp/en/betaprogram from the relevant device. This also applies to all beta versions that Apple is testing, i.e. for iPhone, iPad, Watch, Mac, and TV. To do this, users have to store their Apple ID and then automatically receive the update via the update function. New versions are then also automatically transferred to the device.

With the first preliminary versions that Apple is releasing for iOS 15, which will officially be launched in autumn, there is of course always a risk that the version will cause chaos on the user system. If you want to be on the safe side, you should hold back a little before the availability of the next public beta and wait to see which bugs and problems appear in the first days after the release. Testing the betas is always at your own risk and should not run on the “productive system”.

The finished iOS 15 is to be released in the fall, as it is in the past few years. It is very likely that the next iPhone launch will be ready in September. It will be a free update for all iPhones starting with the iPhone 6s.

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