While the full release won’t see daylight before September, as promised at the WWDC 2015, Apple has just released the Public Beta of both its latest OS – Apple iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan – for testing purposes to work out the kinks and bugs before they go live.
This is a golden opportunity for those who wish to get a hands-on experience with the upcoming OS, report bugs and offer comments/feedback or suggestions to prep it for the fall launch. The only point to note is that the beta version might not have all the features of the full OS, however it will receive regular updates during this testing phase.
Here are a couple to things to keep in mind before you jump into the installation
- Back up the device on which it will be installed
- Install the beta on a secondary phone/mac/ipad
- Check and report bugs
- Check for periodic updates
To sign up for the Beta program, simple go to Apple’s Beta Software Program website, sign in with your existing Apple ID and accept the terms and conditions. Go to “Getting Started” and select “Enroll your iOS device,” then “Download profile” while will prompt for installation.
Go to your device Settings and in the General section, go to Software Update. The iOS beta will probably bring you the new News app as well as features like Split view, Slide over, Multitasking etc.
Mac OS X El Capitan
For the El Capitan which is also enrolled for free public beta testing, follow the same process from the website, then on your Mac, check to see if the installer is downloading. Simply follow the steps given to download and use the beta.
A number of people have warned that the beta slows down the Mac or drains the mobile device battery so exercise caution when downloading and using the beta OS.