iPhone and Mac fans who want to test out Apple’s latest operating systems can now download the public beta versions of both iOS 10 and macOS Sierra. Both were released today, a few months before the final versions are launched in the fall.
Apple has described iOS 10 as the “biggest release ever” of its mobile operating system. New features arriving with this update include expanded capabilities for Siri, Apple’s intelligent digital assistant, as well as “differential privacy,” a new technology aimed at improving machine learning based on anonymized analysis of customers’ usage patterns.
Siri will also arrive for the first time on desktop devices with the launch of macOS Sierra. The updated operating system also introduces greater integration with the cloud, making it easier for users to access files and documents saved on desktops via iPhones or iPads.
Redesigned Lock Screen, Siri SDK
The public beta version of iOS 10 updates some of the features that came out with the first preview build opened up to developers when it was launched at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference last month. One of the first changes users will notice is the redesigned lock screen. Rather than sliding a finger across the screen to unlock a device, a user with an iPhone 6s, 6s Plus or SE will be able to wake the phone simply by raising it.
Sliding a finger to the right across the lock screen produces a view of widgets, while sliding to the left will turn on the iPhone’s camera. A user will also be able to specify how much information appears on the lock screen through TouchID.
The new public beta version of iOS 10 also offers a number of other updates. Among the “hidden features” identified by CNET today are a built-in image and video search box in…