Apple Seeds Second Public Betas of iOS 15, iPadOS 15, tvOS 15, and watchOS 8

Apple today seeded the second betas of iOS and iPadOS 15 to public beta testers, allowing non-developers to download and test the new updates ahead of their fall release. The second public betas come two weeks after Apple released the first public betas.

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Public beta testers who have signed up for Apple's beta testing program can download the iOS and ‌iPadOS 15‌ updates over the air after installing the proper certificate from the Public Beta website.

iOS 15 is adding new features for FaceTime, tools for reducing distractions, updated notifications, and privacy enhancements. ‌FaceTime‌ supports SharePlay for watching TV, listening to music, or screen sharing with friends, while a Shared with You feature keeps track of the songs, website links, pictures, and more that friends send you.

Focus is designed to help keep you on task by cutting out notifications you don't want while you're busy, and there's a new notifications summary feature that prevents you from being inundated with unimportant notifications throughout the day.

Safari has a redesigned look with a compact tab bar that's located at the bottom of the screen, plus Tab Groups let users save open tabs for later. Maps has a new zoomed out globe view and a new 3D view in select cities, plus there's more road detail and an AR-based walking direction feature.

The Wallet app will support IDs and more kinds of keys in ‌iOS 15‌, and Photos gains updates to Memories and a new Live Text feature that uses on-device intelligence to recognize the text in an image, making it searchable and copyable. Spotlight is better than ever, and processing for Siri requests is now done directly on device.

Mail Privacy Protection in the Mail app stops senders from seeing your IP address and knowing if you've opened up an email, and an App Privacy Report gives you details on how often apps use permissions like camera and location access.

There are a ton of other new features available in iOS and ‌iPadOS 15‌, with full details available in our roundup. The latest developer beta introduced Safari refinements, updates to the Focus interface, and more, all of which should be in the second public beta.

Apple has also seeded new public betas of tvOS 15 and watchOS 8 to its public beta testing group. tvOS 15 can be downloaded by opening up the Settings app on the ‌Apple TV‌, navigating to the Software Updates section under "System," and then toggling on "Get public Beta Updates" after signing up to beta test on Apple's public beta website.

‌watchOS 8‌ can be downloaded can be downloaded after upgrading your iPhone to the public beta version of ‌iOS 15‌. After installing ‌‌iOS 15‌‌, the proper ‌‌watchOS 8‌‌ profile from Apple's beta software website must also be installed. The software can be accessed by going to General > Software Update in the Apple Watch app on ‌‌iPhone‌‌. To update, ‌Apple Watch‌ needs to have 50 percent battery life, it must be placed on the charger, and it must be in range of the ‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌iPhone‌‌.

Related Roundups: iOS 15, iPadOS 15
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Top Rated Comments

motm95 Avatar
14 months ago
I will wait for PB 5, I will wait for PB 5, I will wait ... eh, screw it.
Score: 23 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nebulosan Avatar
14 months ago

You say second public beta

But it said “public beta 3” on the download
iPhone 5 wasn't the fifth iPhone
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Robert.Walter Avatar
14 months ago
Dear Juli, I know you can’t please everyone but it kinda sucks that MR has capitulated to those voices calling for a catch-all release article. The reason this is such a bad idea is because the comments will now be an unnavigable jumble referring to all different o/s‘s, releases, devices, etc. As It stands now, folks will have to sift through multiples of inapplicable posts to cover their favorite o/s Whereas before the complainers about separate articles could scroll past a story containing those o/s‘es. This is a very big difference. I hope this experience is short lived. Thank you.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
PsykX Avatar
14 months ago
Safari is still the weakest link, but other than that, it's a pretty solid release.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Ozid Avatar
14 months ago

How come the Watch is Public Beta 2 and iOS is public beta 3? kinda lost there.
Apple never released iOS Public Beta 1. The first one was PB2 and now we’re on PB3 (which is really the second release)

Don’t think about it too much lol
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
welshboyuk Avatar
14 months ago
You say second public beta

But it said “public beta 3” on the download
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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