Late Wednesday Apple delivered the iOS 9 beta 3 for developers with several new iOS 9 features and options, but there was no public iOS 9 beta with this release. This is likely a good thing as small iOS 9 beta problems exist with this developer version that may frustrate regular users.
As part of the iOS 9 beta release Apple added new support documents for iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan. In one document about new features the company specifically mentions that this is for the public betas of OS X El Capitan and iOS 9.
The new Apple Support document for Two-factor authentication in iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan outlines how to use this new feature that makes signing in to secure accounts easier than on iOS 8.4 and older versions of iOS and OS X. The support document specifically mentions, “This FAQ is for the public betas of iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan.”
Read: What’s New in iOS 9
This document outlines how this new feature will work and how it is different from iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. Apple claims this will offer a, “more streamlined user experience.”
Features are interesting, but the timing of this document suggests the public iOS 9 beta release is days away, not weeks.
Apple announced the public iOS 9 beta at WWDC 2015 in early June when the company showed off a collection of exciting new features on stage. Executives promised a public iOS 9 beta release date in July, but so far there is no specific timeline.
With the arrival of the iOS 9 beta 3 for developers and this support document it looks like the public iOS 9 beta release date could come within the week. Apple does not traditionally release updates on Fridays or weekends, so if there is no public version today early next week is a very good bet.
Anyone can sign up to test the public iOS 9 beta without paying to register a device or being a developer. When you sign up you agree not to talk about features Apple did not already announce or show on the iOS 9 page.
You can take several steps right now to get ready for the public iOS 9 beta. Apple does allow users to downgrade from the iOS 9 beta to the iOS 8.4 release, and will support a downgrade path up until the public iOS 9 release date this fall.
The slides below walk through many of the new iOS 9 features. Most of these are present in the iOS 9 beta for developers and will likely appear in the public iOS 9 beta as well, but others may not appear until later this year.