Apple releases betas of iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan for the public

It's a day of OS releases in bits and parts. While Google released a new developer version of the upcoming Android M for users of Nexus devices, Apple has new unveiled beta versions of the upcoming iOS 9 mobile OS and OS X El Capitan Mac operating system.

For now, we'll stick with the new iOS 9 beta.

Users with Apple IDs will, for the first time, be able to get a glimpse of the new operating system in their own iPhones and iPads. You'll just need to fill in your logins to sign up for Apple's Beta testing programme and the rest will happen like a breeze.

Once you've downloaded the beta, a feedback assistant app will appear in your iPhone's home screen which you can use to share feedback with Apple about the new OS.

Unveiled at Apple's World Wide Developers Conference in June, iOS 9 is poised to introduce major updates to Siri, iPhone battery settings and introduce new APIs and storage saving options. It is also set to feature in Apple's upcoming iPhone devices that will launch in September.

However, a team of six university researchers have recently exposed several weaknesses in Apple's cross-app resource sharing design and communication mechanisms in both iOS and OS X platforms, which any hacker can take advantage of and bypass security checks in the App Store to steal passwords from installed apps.

The security flaw could expose sensitive information present inside the iOS 9 and OS X ecosystems like iCloud tokens and passwords, mail app passwords and passwords stored by Google Chrome. 

Given that Apple will let the new OS go through several more checks and corrections before its final release, the beta version that you will download will be raw and the apps may hang frequently. We would suggest that you should exercise caution while using the new version in your primary iPhone.

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