Apple is constantly releasing betas of its software updates for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The first beta test of the new software is released to the public, and then the company works on improving the final product.
These betas are generally for public testing and are meant to fix any bugs that could be found in the final release of the software. However, there are also some developer-only betas that are released, as well as a public beta available for testing by everyone.
To make sure you don’t miss out on a bug fix or new feature, you should always stay on the latest version of the software. As such, you should always download and install the new betas of iOS and the iPadOS before you update to the final version of the software. This way, you will be assured that you are getting the most up-to-date software.
What can you expect from the beta program?
The official iOS 15.5 beta program runs from October first to November first every year. During this time, Apple releases three betas of its software updates for its main devices: iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The program is very limited, only allowing developers to install and use the latest version of iOS and its supported accessories (iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad Mini and more) for a period of one month.
Developers can test new software updates in the beta program by installing the beta software on their own devices. After that, developers can report bugs they find in the software to Apple and the software development team at large, which will be addressed in the final version of the software.
What will be included in the iOS 15.5 beta 2 and iPadOS 15.5 beta 2
The iOS 15.5 beta 2 and iPadOS 15.5 beta 2 will mainly focus on improving the stability of iOS, as well as adding support for new emojis and other fun features. Some of the other improvements include improving the performance of incoming notifications, fixing the “not supported by this device” error, improving the VoiceOver feature, adding a new history page for apps, and more.
How to install and use the new Apple iOS 15.5 beta 2 and iPadOS 15.5 beta 2
The first thing you should do when installing the new beta is to make sure you are on the latest version of iOS. The version number of the software is usually located at the top right hand corner of the software, next to the program name. If you are on a beta version, make sure you are on the latest beta.
If you are on a beta version of iOS, you can either jailbreak your device or donate money to the development team and get them to create a custom ROM with the latest features. You can find more information on that in the article below.
First, you will want to navigate to Settings > General > Software update and select Check for updates. If you want to stay on the beta version, select Update beta software automatically.
After that, you will want to head to the Apps section, and select the app you want to test. From there, you will want to click on the “beta” icon at the bottom right of the screen to launch the beta app.
Installing and using the iOS 15.5 beta 2 and iPadOS 15.5 beta 2 for developers
Developers can access the beta program and download the latest version of iOS from the Apple Developer Center, where the software is hosted. However, this requires developer credentials, which are free to give to anyone that wants them.
Once you have access to the latest beta, you will want to extract the Donald Glover-inspired 64-bit build of iOS that was created for the iPod touch. You will then want to copy this file over to your device.
The new Apple iOS 15.5 beta 2 and iPadOS 15.5 beta 2 features
The latest iOS beta 2 adds many new features and bug fixes, as well as slowed down performance in some areas. One of the main changes includes the addition of Emojis to the system, which were previously only available to the iOS 11.4 beta. Apple says the new beta also offers slightly improved performance in the camera app, along with support for new device features such as a watermark on the lock screen, and the ability to control the brightness of the display from the Lock screen.
How to upgrade to the latest iOS version on your iPhone or iPad
If you are on a beta version of iOS and want to upgrade, you can either manually copy over the new files to your device, or use iTunes to take advantage of the latest version of iOS. Once you have the new version on your device, you will want to disable the beta program and then re-enable it before you update your device to the final software.
Final words: Should you download and install the new betas of iOS or wait for the final release?
As we mentioned above, the beta program is very limited, only allowing developers to install the latest version of iOS and its supported accessories (iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad Mini and more) for a period of one month.
The beta program is meant to fix any bugs that could be found in the final release, and includes full support for all the new emojis and other fun features. However, the beta program does come with a catch: you need to stay on the beta version of iOS for the full month, in order to get the most up-to-date software.
If you want the latest and greatest software, you should definitely stay on the latest beta. But if you want the most recent software with the latest features, you should definitely download the beta and install it on your device.