Apple Beta Software Program Overview Updated August 8, 2021

Apple Beta Software Program

iOS 10 and macOS Sierra public betas

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July 2016 - August 2021

The Apple Beta Software Program allows Apple device users to try out upcoming releases of the company’s iOS operating system for iPhone, iPad, and iPods, and the macOS operating system for Macs.

Apple’s latest public beta for the program is scheduled for launch July 7, 2016 for upcoming iOS 10 and macOS Sierra releases set for public release this fall.

The company released its first beta version of iOS 10 and macOS Sierra 10.12 to developers through its separate Apple Developer Program following an unveiling at its WWDC 2016 developer conference in June, 2016. It followed that up with iOS 10 Beta 2 and macOS Sierra Beta 2 released to developers on July 5, 2016.

Head below for instructions on how to install the latest iOS and macOS betas:


iOS 10

  1. Make a back-up.
  2. Download Apple’s configuration profile from
  3. You’ll be taken automatically to update to the iOS 10 beta in Settings (Settings > General > Software Update).
  4. Follow on-screen instructions and agree to Apple’s terms and conditions to start the installation.

macOS Sierra

  1. Make a back-up.
  2. Download Apple’s Public Beta Access Utility.
  3. Download the public beta from the Mac App Store under the “Updates” pane.

Apple Beta Software Program Stories August 8, 2021

Last month, Apple launched the Beta Software Program for all users who want to preview iOS 15, iPadOS 15, macOS 12 Monterey, watchOS 8, and tvOS 15. Now, the the company is looking to expand beta testers and is sending emails to those subscribed to the beta program to try out its latest public betas.

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Apple Beta Software Program Stories January 24, 2017


Apple just released iOS 10.3 beta for developers and within has surprised with a new Find My AirPods feature that allows users to locate their missing cord-free Apple earbuds.

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Apple Beta Software Program Stories July 8, 2016


In this week’s top stories: Apple launches public betas for upcoming releases of iOS 10 & macOS Sierra, Pokemon Go tops the app charts, the latest iPhone 7 leaks, and much more. Head below for these and the rest of this week’s top stories:

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Apple Beta Software Program Stories July 7, 2016

How to install public beta

As we reported earlier today, the iOS 10 public beta has been released for all interested in having an early hands-on look at iOS 10. Anyone can install the public beta, not just registered Apple developers. Accessing and installing the beta is a fairly straightforward process, but we’re here to walk you through the process step-by-step. expand full story

macOS 10.12 Sierra MacBook

Update: macOS Sierra Public Beta 1 is now live.

Apple is releasing the first macOS Sierra public beta today for anyone wanting to test drive Siri on the Mac or any of the other new features included. Previously, macOS 10.12 has only been available to registered developers with access to a paid account; the public beta program is a free alternative that allows non-developers to test Apple’s latest software updates before their general release.

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iOS 10 Lock screen

Update: iOS 10 Public Beta 1 is now live. It features the same build version (14A5297c) as iOS 10 Developer Beta 2.

Following the latest iOS 10 beta for registered developers, Apple is releasing the very first iOS 10 public beta for non-developers to test on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch today. Back in mid-June at WWDC 2016, Apple first promised iOS 10 would hit public beta status sometime in July. The iOS 10 public beta will bring new features including a redesigned Apple Music app, an overhauled Messages experience, and much more.

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