Apple releases third public beta for iOS 16, iPadOS 16, tvOS 16, watchOS 9, macOS Ventura

in General Discussion edited April 23

Apple has released the third public beta versions of iOS 16, iPadOS 16, tvOS 16, watchOS 9, and macOS Ventura to members of its software testing program.

iOS 16 public beta 3 is available
iOS 16 public beta 3 is available

The third public beta versions of the new software updates should be essentially identical to the fifth developer beta counterparts, which were released on Monday.

Interested users can sign up for Apple's Beta Software Program and download the new betas from the associated web portal.

New features in iOS 16 include a redesigned Lock Screen with support for widgets and additional customization, the ability to edit or delete messages sent viaiMessage, and an Apple Pay Later installment plan, among a slew of other features.

In iPadOS 16, Apple has moved its tablet a bit closer to its Mac with a feature called Stage Manager, which will allow for windowed multitasking. Apple's watchOS 9 introduces new faces, heart rate zones, a Medications app, and other additional fitness and health features.

Stage Manager is also coming to macOS Ventura, but it has options for more open windows and window placement. Along with other changes, the System Preferences app has become System Settings with a UI similar to iPad's Settings app.

Comparatively, tvOS 16 is a smaller update but still includes new features like additional gaming controller support, new Smart Home features, and cross-device compatibility.

The iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 public betas have a build number of 20A5339d. The macOS Ventura public beta build number is 22A5321d. The tvOS 16 public beta build number is 20J5355f. The watchOS 9 public beta build number is 20R5343e.

Public betas tend to be more stable than developer betas, however, AppleInsider doesn't recommend installing any beta on mission-critical devices. Bugs and app issues can get in the way of getting work done, or may even lead to data loss in some cases, so backups are a must.

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