The first fall special event is rapidly approaching, so Apple has released the eighth beta of iOS 16 to developer testers.
Developers participating in the beta-testing program can obtain the most recent builds through the Apple Developer Center or as an over-the-air update for gear already running a previous beta build. The Apple Beta Software Program website will have access to the public beta versions of the releases once they start to arrive.
The seventh round, which occurred on August 23, replaces the sixth round from August 15 and is followed by the eighth round. After the June 6 keynote address, the initial one arrived. We anticipate releasing the final versions to the public in the autumn.
The build number 20A5358a, which replaces 20A5356a, is the eighth version of iOS 16.
The operating systems split into two groups with the seventh release of iOS 16. Apple has stated that version 16.1 of iPadOS 16 will be released to the general public in October rather than version 16.
Apple has also made the sixth public beta of iOS 16 available. The eighth developer equivalent of the new software’s sixth public beta version should be an exact replica.
Sign up for Apple’s Beta Software Program if you’re interested in trying out the newest features, and then download the updated betas from the linked online portal.
In terms of features, iOS 16 introduces a new Lock Screen that can be fully customized, as well as upgrades to Focus Modes, improvements to Photos, Messages editing, and SharePlay, expanded controller support, improved device intelligence, and other features.
Apple reinstated the battery percentage indicator for the fifth beta, which was well received on social media. In addition, the beta included modifications to screenshots, a new Lock Screen music visualizer, an audio tone for locating the Apple Watch, and indicators for Lossless Audio and Music for Dolby Atmos.
The unsend message time limit was shortened to just two minutes in the fourth beta of iOS 16, while other changes ranged from improved lock screen functionality to new wallpapers and an ActivityKit API to the display of a log of changes for altered messages exchanges.
The third beta included a lockdown mode that turned off several often exploited features and was designed for use by activists, journalists, and government officials who might wind up being hacking targets. Apple also updated the Lock Screen, made adjustments to Stage Manager, and implemented the shared Photos library for the first time.
As there is a remote potential for data loss or other concerns, Apple strongly warns customers against installing betas on “mission-critical” or primary devices. Testers should instead install betas on supplemental or non-essential gear and make sure there are enough backups of crucial data before updating.