Roughly two weeks after the initial release, Apple has pushed out an update to users testing the iOS 9 public beta on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The latest public beta release follows the earlier release of iOS 9 beta 4 for registered developers developing for the upcoming operating system update. iOS 9 is set to be completed and shipped to all users later this fall. iOS 9 public beta 2 mirror’s yesterday’s iOS 9 beta 4 release.
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Although Apple floated the concept with late versions of iOS 8 point updates, iOS 9 marks the first major version of Apple’s mobile software that is available for pre-release testing to non-developers.
iOS 9 beta 4 included the return of Home Sharing for the Music app with Apple Music, a tweaked Handoff user interface for the multitasking view, picture-in-picture support for video podcast playback, an updated photo picker on the web, and several other user interface tweaks and enhancements.
The upcoming software update brings a ton of new features to iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches including an all-new iCloud-based Notes app with rich media support, a smarter Siri with deep search capabilities, a new News app for following publications and topics, and multitasking enhancements to iPad including side-by-side apps, slide over apps, and picture-in-picture video playback.
iOS users can learn more about Apple’s Beta Software Program including the various public betas of iOS and OS X here.