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A month after Apple released developer betas for the company’s forthcoming OS update for eligible iPhone models, the iOS 17 public beta began to be distributed to users. In addition to iOS 17, Apple is releasing the first public betas of iPadOS 17, watchOS 10, and macOS Sonoma. The Cupertino-based business is expected to release stable versions of these operating systems in the coming months, with new features like the ambient display with StandBy mode and the new Journal app, as well as significant improvements to the FaceTime, Messages, and Phone apps.
On Wednesday, Apple began releasing the first public beta versions of iOS 17, iPadOS 17, watchOS 10, and macOS Sonoma, and users who have enrolled their devices to receive testing versions of Apple’s operating systems for iPhone, iPad, and Mac computers can now download and test out the new features before Apple releases them on the stable channel later this year.
iOS 17 Public Beta Supported Devices
Apple is introducing support for interactive widgets to iOS 17 and iPadOS 17, as well as upgraded versions of the FaceTime and Messages apps with new features in iOS 17 public beta such as the ability to make video calls from an Apple TV using the camera on an iPhone or iPad. Meanwhile, watchOS 10 will offer a redesigned UI with more information at a look, while macOS Sonoma will include new lock screen screensavers, desktop widget compatibility, and enhanced gaming features.
While Apple made early developer beta versions available to all customers this year without charging a $99 annual developer charge, such testing versions are known to feature a few faults and problems. Apple software public beta versions are more stable and allow people to test a more trustworthy version of the company’s planned releases of iOS 17 public beta.
To sign up for the first public beta of iOS 17, iPadOS 17, and macOS Sonoma on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac computer, go to beta.apple.com and sign in with the same Apple ID you use on your devices. After agreeing to Apple’s terms, go to Settings > General > Software Update > Beta Updates on your device and choose the public beta to download.
However, it is important to note that this is still experimental software, and Apple explicitly urges consumers not to install iOS 17 public beta software on their primary devices. If you want to install the beta versions of iOS 17 or iPadOS 17 on your iPhone or iPad, make a backup with iTunes beforehand. Similarly, you can create a Time Machine backup and install macOS Sonoma on a separate drive to ensure that your Mac computer’s functionality is not harmed.
Latest iOS 17 Beta Includes ‘Save to Photos’ Option in Full-Page Screenshot Interface
In iOS 16, users can already opt to take a screenshot in apps like Safari, Notes, and Maps, and save the full-page content, or scrolling content, as a PDF document. But in the updated iOS 17 public beta and the new public beta, Apple has now added a “Save to Photos” option to the Full Page screenshot interface for added flexibility.
The new option also appears in the latest beta versions of iPadOS 17 and macOS Sonoma. The ability to save “scrolling screenshots” as images has been available on Android devices for a while now, but iPhone users have had to use third-party apps like Tailor to achieve the same thing.
Users are also getting greater dual-SIM support, with the ability to organise messages depending on SIM, unique ringtones for each SIM, and the ability to choose a SIM when calling back an unknown number, according to TechCrunch.
The iOS 17, iPadOS 17, and macOS Sonoma upgrades are now available to public beta testers who have signed up for Apple’s beta testing programme. Later this autumn, Apple is likely to release final stable versions of iOS 17, iPadOS 17, and macOS Sonoma.