You don’t have to wait until the fall to experience what Apple’s iOS 9 feels like on iPhone or iPad, because the public beta is offering all a sneak-peek. The public beta was announced not long ago at WWDC 2015, and last week the iOS 9 was officially launched therein.
BETA THE BETA
This beta will be an opportunity for iPhone users to flag residual bugs that Apple may have missed. You can participate in the beta in a number of ways, i.e. the OS X El Capitan is free, but you need to have an iOS device compatible with it before trying out the iOS 9.
If you use iPhone, keep in mind that iPhone 6 Plus, 6, 5s, 5c, 5, or 4S are compatible. iPads include the Air 2, Air 3, Air 4, Mini 3, Mini 2, and Mini. Also, the 5th-gen iPod touch works just as well.
Once signed in with your Apple ID, you must then agree to the license. Then you may enroll your device in the program. Afterwards, the beta (along with necessary updates) will appear in the Software Updates part of iOS settings. But, as is the case with all betas, you should remember a few things if you want to reduce your OS woes as time goes on.
MALHEURS TO AVOID
I mean it’s obvious that installing beta software on your most loved, privileged, and primary device sounds like the perfect way to not only frustrate yourself, but a way to make your entire day enslaved to vituperative, stubborn errors, e.g. missed calls, texts, upload/download failures, et al. So if you have a spare, use it. Another concern for beta-users is the effect such things inevitably have on performance and battery life. Many others have tested the beta without such malheurs, but your mileage could mayhaps differ.
However you choose to use the beta, you need to do a full backup of your phone first. This way no matter what happens, you’re not ruined by an iOS 9 beta. To do this you simply plug your iPhone or iPad into your Mac or PC, load iTunes, and instruct it to perform a full backup. This may seem like a hassle, especially since one usually has much on one’s device, but trust us; it’s much less of a hassle than starting from scratch.