Apple Seeds Fifth Public Betas of iOS 16 and iPadOS 16

Apple today seeded the fifth betas of iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 to public beta testers, opening up the ‌iOS 16‌ beta testing process to the general public. Today's beta comes one week after the fourth public beta, and it corresponds with the seventh developer beta.

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Public beta testers who have signed up for Apple's free beta testing program can download the second ‌iOS 16‌ and ‌iPadOS 16‌ betas over the air after installing the proper certificate from the Public Beta website.

‌iOS 16‌ brings an overhauled Lock Screen with customizable wallpapers, time, and widgets, plus notifications have been updated to roll in from the bottom of the display. Multiple Lock Screens are supported and can be linked with Focus modes.

The Messages app supports editing and deleting messages as well as marking messages unread. SharePlay is no longer limited to FaceTime, so Messages can be used for communication between people sharing content with one another. ‌FaceTime‌ calls can be handed off from one device to another, and the Health app gains a new Medications feature for tracking the vitamins and medicine that you take.

Apple is replacing passwords with Passkeys, and Safari now supports Shared Tab Groups for collaborating. In the Mail app, you can schedule emails, cancel sending, and receive follow-up reminders, and the Maps app supports multi-stop routing.

iCloud Shared Photo Library offers a convenient way to share a photos with family members, and Apple Pay Later will let users pay for ‌Apple Pay‌ purchases in fee-free installments. For the iPad, ‌iPadOS 16‌ brings a Weather app and a new multi-tasking system called Stage Manager, but it's only for iPads with Apple silicon chips.

There are tons more features in iOS 16 and iPadOS 16, with a full rundown available in our dedicated roundups.

Top Rated Comments

Jack Neill Avatar
10 months ago

did Apple forget about macOS?
Yeah, around October of 2014..
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Black Magic Avatar
10 months ago

Me too. Odd.

So does this mean when iPadOS 16.0 is released officially, it won't update us automatically since it'll think we're already on 16.1?
iPadOS will not release as 16.0. The official release will be delayed and it will be 16.1.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Applɘ Aꙅylum Avatar
10 months ago

Why iPadOS 16 beta 5 instead of iPadOS16.1 beta 1?
Downloaded a iPadOS 5th public beta and installed as iPadOS 16.1 beta 1 (20B5027f) !!

How awesome!
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nortonandreev Avatar
10 months ago

Yep. There was a three-week gap between Monterey beta 5 and 6, too.
I guess the macOS team is off in august, cuz last year, at least, they didn’t deliver anything for these 3 weeks.
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rblahetka Avatar
10 months ago
Since I have been on beta, when using carplay, if I say answer a call, or do anything else, and go back to the map, the map is a black screen. I have to exit the map again and go into another app, then back, and then it will usually show the map. Hoping this last beta fixes that.
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nordique Avatar
10 months ago
anyone else hoping we'd get classic wallpaper collections back at some point (device specific wallpapers for example)

I suppose we can just find them online and make our own home screens with them now though
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