Apple releases public betas of iOS 10 and Sierra

8 Jul 2016

Following hot in the footsteps of developer betas released by Apple this week, iOS 10 and MacOS Sierra are now available for testing.

The next generation of Apple’s operating systems are out in the wild and available for public testing, one of the last stages before a full rollout ensues.

The logic is that a wider base of testers could help find problems faster, with people interested in getting an early look encouraged to apply through Apple’s beta software programme.

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It’s free but, given the likelihood of bugs, the company recommends installing the betas on secondary devices so you don’t make a mess of what you already have.

Each public beta comes with a built-in app to give users the ability to provide instant feedback, which is pretty prominent on the installation, appearing on both the dock of Macs and the home screen of iOS.

Various looks at MacOS Sierra have tended to focus on the inclusion of Siri on desktop, with iCloud support another major shift.

The bulking up of Siri’s role in Apple’s software is part of a growing trend in tech. Google officially revealed its effort to take on the surprising success of the Amazon Echo home assistant, simply calling its innovation Google Home.

Elsewhere, Siri’s original creators have developed Viv.

The full release is coming in a couple of months’ time, after both iOS 10 and Sierra were revealed at Apple’s WWDC last month.

In May, The Wall Street Journal, citing sources familiar with the plans, claimed Apple is breaking with tradition and will save its major design overhaul of the iPhone until 2017 to mark the 10th anniversary of the device that changed technology forever.

Instead of revealing a whole new shape to the iPhone, Apple is understood to be keeping the iPhone 6 and 6s chassis in the current 4.7in and 5.5in configurations, albeit without an actual headphone jack.

The close of 2016 will be an interesting time for the company.

iPhone image via Ellica/Shutterstock

Gordon Hunt was a journalist with Silicon Republic