Apple opens iOS 9 to the public

Friday 10 July 2015
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In a landmark decision, and something bound to have every fanboy and Apple early adopter clammering to the servers; everyone's favourite Cupertino resident fruit is releasing their brand new operating systems to the public months before public launch. 

Both the iPad and iPhone's iOS 9, as well as the Macbook's OS X El Capitan, both currently in Beta, are available by visiting the website beta.apple.com/sp/betaprogram and signing up to the Beta program. 

The biggest focus of the iOS 9 update is to improve on intelligence and productivity, meaning devices analyse user’s habits and makes recommendations based on this information. Siri will also get a makeover in the new operating system and will be able to create reminders and browse through photos and videos. Siri will also have a suggestion window which will collate your favourite apps and contacts. Improved search capabilities will allow easy access to information such as sports scores, videos and content from a number of third-party apps. Users will also have access to new checklists and sketching features in Notes, and a news app will study your reading habits and collate content that may be of interest.

As a member of the Apple Beta Software Program, you’ll be able to enroll your Mac or iOS device to access the OS X and iOS public betas, as well as subsequent updates. Each public beta comes with a built-in Feedback Assistant app that appears in your Dock on your Mac and on the second page of your Home screen on your iOS device. When you come across an issue that needs addressing, send your report directly to Apple with Feedback Assistant.

There are a few warnings that go along with any Beta program of this kind: 

“Please note that since the public beta software has not yet been commercially released by Apple, it may contain errors or inaccuracies and may not function as well as commercially released software,” Apple wrote.

“Be sure to back up your Mac using Time Machine and your iOS device with iTunes before installing beta software.

“Install only on non-production devices that are not business critical. We strongly recommend installing on a secondary system or device, or on a secondary partition on your Mac.”

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