iOS 10 beta launch: What's in it and how to download

Apple has launched a beta version of iOS 10 which prospective phone buyers and existing users can download on their devices and have a good look at it.

If you own an iPhone 5 or later versions of the handset, including the recently-launched iPhone 5SE, you will be able to download the iOS 10 beta on your handset. If you are an iPad user, you can download the beta on your device if it is an iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 2 or later and iPad Pro. The beta is available to download on iPod touch 6th Gen as well.

To download the beta, you will need to visit on any of these devices and sign up with your existing Apple ID. Once you've logged in, you will need to enrol your iOS device link and click on the download profile button. You will then be taken to a page where you will be asked to click on an install button and then a Restart button, and after you follow the process, your device will reboot with the installed beta version.

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However, it doesn't end here. After your handset reboots, you will need to visit Settings and check for software update. Once the update is installed, you can start testing the beta version the way you want.

Before you install the iOS 10 beta on your iPhone or iPad, you should know a bit about what the new OS will bring to your device. Among various new features, you will notice a significantly expanded usage of 3D Touch. Using 3D Touch, you can respond to messages directly, clear all notifications with a tap and also view live data from all apps and add it to widgets.

Apple has also made several changes to the Photos app. You will be able to see all your photos on a map and the Memories feature will arrange all your photos based on topics. It will show highlights of trips, map of location, related memories and make movies by merging photos and videos. While sharing, you can choose between long and short ones to save data and change the background music in every video based on your mood during your trips.

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If you love interacting with Siri, you will be pleasantly surprised to know that thanks to iOS 10, Siri now supports a number of third party apps like WeChat, Slack, WhatsApp, Pinterest, Shutterfly, MapMyRun, Funtastic and Runkeeper. With iOS 10, you will be able to ask Siri to send a WeChat or WhatsApp message to any friend and Siri can also help you make VoIP calls on Skype. Through QuickType, Siri's intelligence has been integrated with the keyboard and it will now make longer suggestions instead of single words.

We aren't sure if the beta version will bring in all these features, especially since it is a trial version and is meant for testing purposes only. But if you've been using Apple devices for some time, you will be able to decipher for yourself if iOS 10 is more user friendly and if the new features meet your expectations.

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