Sixth public betas for iOS 17 and others now available

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Apple has released the sixth public betas for iOS 17, iPadOS 17, tvOS 17, and watchOS 10.

iOS 17 public beta 5
iOS 17 public beta 5

Apple's upcoming operating systems are set to bring a host of new features that will enhance the user experience across various apps. People who are interested in downloading the latest operating systems can do so via the Apple Beta Software Program.

The sixth iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 public betas have a build number of 21A5326a. Since macOS Sonoma doesn't release until later in the fall, it doesn't have a new public beta release this week.

The sixth tvOS 17 and HomePod software public betas have a build number of 21J5353a, while the sixth watchOS 10 public beta build number is 21R5355a.

Safari offers users additional privacy features, Apple Notes provides improved PDF support, iMessage enables location sharing, Freeform enhances collaboration capabilities, and numerous other new and improved features await users.

New features in iOS 17


  • Personalize your phone calls: Customize what people see when you call with Contact Posters.

  • Live Voicemail: Send a call to voicemail and see a live transcript of the message.


  • All your iMessage apps in one place: A new plus button allows you to view all the things you send the most.

  • Check In: Automatically notifies your friend or family member when you arrive at your destination.

  • Catch-up and swipe to reply: A new catch-up arrow lets you jump to the first message you haven't seen in a conversation.

  • Search filters: Find the message you're looking for faster by combining search filters.

  • Share and view locations: Share your location or request a friend's location from the plus button.

  • Audio message transcription: Audio messages are now transcribed, so you can read them at the moment and listen later.

  • Stickers: Access all your Live Stickers, emoji, Memoji, and other sticker packs in one place.


  • Leave a message: Record a video or audio message when someone misses your FaceTime call.

  • React with your hands: Add a reaction that fills the camera frame with fun 3D augmented reality effects.

  • FaceTime on Apple TV: Use your iPhone as a camera and start a call directly from the FaceTime app on Apple TV.


  • Swap numbers with NameDrop: Hold your iPhone near someone else's iPhone or Apple Watch to use NameDrop. To start the transfer via AirDrop, bring your phones near each other.

Journal (Coming later this year)

  • A new app to write and remember: A new approach to savoring life's experiences and safeguarding your cherished memories.

  • Personalized for you: Based on your photos, music, workouts, and other factors, your iPhone generates tailored recommendations for memorable moments to recall and document.


  • More accurate autocorrect: As you type, autocorrect provides enhanced assistance for a smoother experience.

  • Predictions inline as you type: Inline predictions are displayed while you type, enhancing typing speed and efficiency.

Safari and Passwords

  • Create a profile: Maintain different browsing experiences for categories such as work and personal matters by utilizing distinct profiles within Safari.

  • Enhanced Private Browsing: Private Browsing now locks your private browsing windows when you're not using them with Face ID.

  • Autofill verification codes received in Mail: One-time verification codes you receive in Mail are filled in automatically.



  • Play music together: Now SharePlay makes it easier for everyone to control music in the car.

  • Collaborate on playlists: Invite friends to join your playlist, and everyone can add, reorder, and remove songs.


  • Adaptive Audio: The introduction of a completely new listening mode for AirPods Pro (2nd generation) combines Transparency and Active Noise Cancellation dynamically, adapting audio to customize the noise control experience.


  • Download maps to use offline: Save an area of a map to your iPhone and explore it while offline.

  • Enhanced electric vehicle routing: See real-time charging station availability along your route.

The iOS 17 release will be compatible with the iPhone Xs and later as well as the iPhone SE (2nd generation).

New features in iPadOS 17

Lock Screen

  • Personalize your Lock Screen with stunning wallpapers.

  • An all-new motion effect for Live Photos makes your Lock Screen more dynamic.

  • Use Live Activities to stay on top of things happening in real-time, right from your Lock Screen.

  • Add your favorite widgets to the Lock Screen for quick information access.

Interactive Widgets

  • Easily play music, dim the lights, and perform other actions directly from a widget.


  • The Health app comes to iPad with a design optimized for the larger display.

  • The latest enhancements in mental health features enable you to contemplate your emotional well-being and access valuable insights about your state of mind.

PDFs and Notes

  • Enhanced AutoFill allows you to securely use your saved information from Contacts to fill out a PDF or scanned document faster.

  • Read and annotate a PDF right in your note.

  • Link related notes, like a trip itinerary and a list of recommended restaurants.

  • Collaborate on PDFs with real-time updates.


  • Use new drawing tools like a watercolor brush, calligraphy pen, highlighter, variable-width pen, and ruler while brainstorming.

  • See what your collaborators are working on with Follow Along.


  • When you search for an app, Spotlight intelligently offers you app shortcuts to your next action within the Top Hit.


  • On-device intelligence learns your AirPlay preferences over time.

  • Later this year, AirPlay will be available in supporting hotel rooms.

The iPads that can download iPadOS 17 include iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2nd generation and later), iPad Pro 10.5-inch, iPad Pro 11-inch (1st generation and later), iPad Air (3rd generation and later), iPad (6th generation and later), and the iPad mini (5th generation and later).

What's new with watchOS 10

Apple rethought how Apple Watch works for watchOS 10. Some apps make better use of larger displays, there's a new widget view accessible below any active watch face, plus the app list is better formatted.

tvOS 17 and HomePod updates

The Control Center in tvOS 17 is more prominent, FaceTime is now on Apple TV, plus there are new screensavers and a Find My remote option. HomePods also gain the ability to drop the "Hey" from the wake command for Siri.

How to install the public betas

  1. Visit

  2. Sign in with your Apple ID. Note: You don't need to use the same Apple ID as you use to sign in to your phone, but it can make it easier

  3. On your iPhone, go to Settings > General > Software Update

  4. It may take a moment, but below Automatic Updates a new option will appear for beta updates

  5. In this menu you can choose between off and the iOS Public Beta

  6. If you used a different Apple ID to sign up for the beta program, this is where you can sign in with that secondary ID

  7. Go back to the Software Update page and it will automatically refresh and show any available beta update

Once you've signed up for public betas on Apple's website, visit the Settings app on each product you'd like to download the public beta on. Once the public beta option is selected, you'll receive each beta update as if it were a regular update in the Settings app.

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  • Reply 1 of 1
    Great overview of some of the main features. Been using the Public beta version on an iPad mini and have tried a lot of these out, this is a great resource.
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