The first public beta builds have launched for Apple’s new generation of operating systems for its many platforms. iOS 16 for iPhones, macOS Ventura for Macs, iPadOS, watchOS, and tvOS are now available to the general public if you’re looking for new ways to make your life difficult.
Shortly after Apple announced the updated OS at its World Wide Developers Conference, it opened up beta programs for the new operating systems to developers and insiders. These are the kinds of folks that (Apple hopes) will give insights into how to make it better while providing info when something doesn’t work properly. Now, about a month after the initial announcement, the fruit company has made the first public beta available to other interested parties. That’s you, if you’re feeling brave enough.
First to the party, or a guinea pig?
You’ll need to sign in with your Apple ID and enrol the devices of your choice into the beta program. This will allow you to download the betas through Software Update.
If you’ve ever participated in a beta or played an Early-Access game, you’ll know that this process isn’t guaranteed to go smoothly. As usual, and just in general, you should make backups of all your important files you can’t live without. There’s a small chance that if things go wrong you could lose data.
First prize would be to test the betas on a second device you don’t use every day. But that’s not possible for everyone, especially since Apple makes it worth your while to trade your old devices in when you upgrade to a new one.
If you try the beta and decide you don’t like it, you can roll back to a previous version. But doing so will wipe your device of all data and settings. This won’t be possible on your Apple Watch or Apple TV so maybe skip those ones if you’re a little less confident in Apple’s skills.
Source: XDA Developers