Apple Seeds Eighth Beta of iOS 16 to Developers [Update: Public Beta Available]

Apple today seeded the eighth beta of an upcoming iOS 16 update to developers for testing purposes, with the update coming a week after Apple released the seventh developer beta.

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Registered developers can download the iOS 16 profile from the Apple Developer Center, and once installed, the beta will be available over the air. There is no iPadOS 16 update at this time as Apple has split iPadOS into iPadOS 16.1, which will be released after iOS 16.

iOS 16 introduces a revamped Lock Screen that offers a new level of personalization and customization through widgets, a notification redesign, and adjustable fonts and colors for the time. Multiple Lock Screens are supported, similar to watch faces, and can be associated with Focus modes.

Focus is easier to set up than before and more customizable, with Focus filters available to cut out distracting content within apps. The Messages app now features tools for editing an iMessage, unsending an iMessage, and marking messages as unread, plus it supports SharePlay, much like FaceTime.

The Mail app has improved search and tools that include undo send, schedule send, and follow up so you can get a reminder to check up on an email if you haven't gotten a response. Safari supports Shared Tab Groups and Apple is working to replace passwords with Passkeys, a more biometrically secure way to log in to accounts.

iCloud Photo Library allows users to more easily share photos with family members, and Live Text is supported in video. There's a neat new feature for lifting the subject from a background with a tap, which is part of Visual Lookup.

Dictation has improved, Maps now supports multi-stop routing, Apple Pay Later lets you split up purchase payments, and the Home app has been entirely overhauled with a new look. The fifth beta of iOS 16 added the battery percentage back to the status bar on iPhones that have a notch, plus it introduced new sounds for locating an iPhone via Find My or the Apple Watch.

There are tons of other new features in iOS 16 and iPadOS 16, with a full rundown on everything available in our dedicated roundup.

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SwiftArtery Avatar
24 months ago
Beta 7: 20A5356a
Beta 8: 20A5358a
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
DMG35 Avatar
24 months ago
Last beta was flawless for me. Not sure how much more they can improve it on my end.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Octavius8 Avatar
24 months ago
Let’s talk about “focus mode”. Why not just a simple “do not disturb button”?. Why make a simple thing complex then “easier” after some 2 years?.
Only hardcore users use it. Why the non -user friendly name?. My parents in law and my wife never know that “focus” is a “kind of semi Customizable do not disturb, with a name that does not make easy sense”. Really. Just name it after the intended function!!!: “do not disturb”!!!. Is it so hard?. Why put a “deep” name to a simple thing?.
This is not progress!.
So many clicks to customize a focus mode?, and even then, not really customizable. Not more ways to customize in ios16 than in 15.
And the dial pad still CAN’T edit a mistyped number???!!!
Is this a smart rock or what?. Nobody important uses iPhone as the common people.
Why make it ilegal to have the super nice features available by the “non official channels”???
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
srbNYC Avatar
24 months ago
These comments are almost all speculation and there's a speculation thread and this isn't a speculation thread and I'm very upset.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ct2k7 Avatar
24 months ago
This should be the last, right?

Hope for no more bugs ?

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AppleFan91 Avatar
24 months ago
Not seeing it just yet but, this looks like next week will be RC and then a week later is the launch!
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)