If you want to try out the latest iPhone features first, there’s a nifty trick you need to know.
Now is the perfect time to learn because a major new iPhone update is lurking just around the corner.
We are talking about the beta version of iOS on iPhone.
This is a test version of iOS that allows you to test out new updates before they are rolled out more generally.
We may only be a few weeks away from iOS 16.1, and it’s coming to beta soon.
So if you want to try out all of its new iPhone hacks, you’ll want to join the iOS beta as soon as possible.
It’s not all sunshine and rainbows, though.
You should definitely consider whether installing an iOS beta is right for you.
Ultimately, this is still test software, so you may encounter bugs, sometimes very serious ones.
So if you only have one iPhone, it can be frustrating to use a new iOS.
That said, the iOS public beta is generally quite stable, so you shouldn’t find too many devastating issues.
You’ll also want to make sure you’ve backed up all of your data before installing a new iOS.
How to Join iOS 16 Beta
To join the iOS beta, all you have to do is go to the Apple website.
You can sign up for the iOS 16 beta here.
“Help make future releases of iOS, iPadOS, macOS, tvOS, watchOS and HomePod software our best yet,” Apple said.
“As a member of Apple’s Beta Software Program, you can participate in the development of Apple software by testing pre-release versions and letting us know what you think.”
You’ll need to sign up and enroll your devices, which will give you the chance to test out the latest iOS 16 features once the public beta is live.
The beta will also feature a special app called Feedback Assistant where you can report any issues you encounter.
You’ll need a valid Apple ID, and that’s it – no fees or compensation.
Installing the beta will also not affect your hardware warranty.
And you can leave the beta at any time.
iOS 16 Supported Devices
Unfortunately, not all iPhone models can upgrade to iOS 16 (and therefore join the beta).
Apple cannot support all iPhones indefinitely, which is why very old iPhone models often lose access to updates.
Sometimes those older iPhones don’t have the power to support new features, or not enough people are using them to warrant an update.
Now iPhone 6S, iPhone 7 and 1st generation iPhone SE will be cut by Apple.
These handsets were compatible with 15.6.1, but won’t get iOS 16.
If you’re using iPhones older than that, you’re already cut off, so you should upgrade to a newer model immediately.
Here is the full list of iOS 16 Supported Devices:
- iPhone 14
- iPhone 14 Plus
- iPhone 14 Pro
- iPhone 14 Pro Max
- iPhone 13
- iPhone 13 mini
- iPhone 13 Pro
- iPhone 13 Pro Max
- iPhone 12
- iPhone 12 mini
- iPhone 12 Pro
- iPhone 12 Pro Max
- iPhone 11
- iPhone 11 Pro
- iPhone 11 Pro Max
- iPhone Xs
- iPhone XS Max
- iPhone XR
- iPhone X
- iPhone 8
- iPhone 8Plus
- iPhone SE (2nd generation or later)
Not being able to get the latest iOS means you will lose access to the latest security patches.
These are vital patches that close the holes used by hackers to gain access to your systems.
So, using a very old iPhone that cannot be updated can put you at risk.
If you can’t update to iOS 16, consider upgrading your iPhone as soon as possible.
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