10 Things to Know About the iOS 9 Beta

Apple promised a public iOS 9 beta for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch in July ahead of the iOS 9 release date and today, the company delivered. With a release now live, we want to take a look at the most important things to know about the public iOS 9 beta.

Earlier this year, Apple launched its Beta Software Program, a program that allows the general public to help test iOS updates, for free, ahead of their release dates. Most assumed that Apple’s next big iOS release would include a public iOS beta. At WWDC, Apple delivered.

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At WWDC in June, Apple confirmed an iOS 9 release for all iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches running iOS 8. That means the iPad 2 and iPhone 4s will both be getting the bump to iOS 9 when it arrives this fall. The iOS 9 release date still isn’t known but that doesn’t mean that we don’t already have access to the update and its features.

ios 9 Beta Download

Shortly after the WWDC keynote, Apple released its first iOS 9 beta to developers. Apple confirmed a public iOS 9 beta release for July though it did not outline a specific date. Today, after a few days of silence, the company finally delivered on its promise to those who signed up for the public iOS 9 beta.

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The public iOS 9 release is finally here and many iPhone and iPad users have their eyes on iOS 9 and its brand new features. It’s a tempting proposition. With the release in mind, we want to take a look at what we think are the most important things to know about the public iOS 9 beta for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

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This takes a look at the right now and it also takes a look at the future of the beta and the iOS 9 release date.

Public iOS 9 Beta Available for All iOS 8 Devices

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Public iOS 9 Beta Available for All iOS 8 Devices

Before we get in depth, we want to start with some of the basics. A lot of you are familiar with the public iOS 9 beta and how it works but we know plenty of you are hearing about the public iOS 9 beta for the first time. So let's start with the most important thing to know. 

The most important thing to know about the public iOS 9 beta is that it's available to anyone that's signed up in the Beta Software Program. It's also available to all iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users capable of running iOS 8. So yes, the iPhone 4s and iPad 2 are capable of running iOS 9 beta. 

Finally, it's free. Apple doesn't charge you for your testing services. The other beta, the developer beta, requires a $100 developer account. With all of those in mind, let's get into some of the other important iOS 9 beta details. 

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