A little less than two weeks after the release of beta 4 to developers and the second public beta to beta testers, on the evening of Monday August 8, Apple began the release, for all compatible devices, of the new ones. beta 5 from the various iOS 16, iPadOS 16, tvOS 16, watchOS 9 and macOS 13 Ventura to developers.
This new phase of development that will allow Apple to come to versions definitive of its operating systems opens about a month after its expected launch window, or in September, at least as far as concerns iOS 16: according to some rumors, in fact, to know its stable version iPadOS 16 we’ll have to wait an extra month, with the release slated for October.
Apple: beta 5 of iOS 16, watchOS 9 and macOS 13 is here
As stated at the beginning, Apple released the news to developers yesterday evening beta 5 of the differences iOS 16 And iPadOS 16, tvOS 16, watchOS 9 And macOS 13 Ventura for all compatible devices.
Let’s find out the details of all these new releases released in developer preview: if for many of the operating systems large Some news were presented at the beginning of the beta cycle and therefore now live in a phase of optimization from the performance side, and in terms of the search for system stability, iOS 16 seems the only one of the many that continues to evolve constantly.
- iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 beta 5
The new preview version of iOS and iPadOS, available to developers on all compatible iPhones and iPads, is 20A5339d (replaces it 20A5328h released as beta 4). This is the first version released after the news that the two operating systems could be released a month apart (iOS 16 is expected in September, while iPadOS 16 appears to be delayed to October).
- tvOS 16 beta 5 and HomePod software
The new preview version of tvOS for Apple TV is the 20J5355f (replaces it 20J5344f released as beta 4) and does not seem to introduce particular innovations compared to those presented with the previous beta 4 or support for Nintendo Switch controllers and HDR10+, news about Apple TV + and Apple Fitness +. The software-related situation for HomePod remains less linear than Apple’s other operating systems: it appears that users who own a HomePod Mini can now join the beta program and try the news in preview.
- watchOS 9 beta 2
The new preview version of watchOS, available to developers on all compatible Apple watches (Watch 4 and up), is 20R5343e (replaces it 20R5332g released as beta 4). There is no news on what was introduced with the previous betas, other than the normal fixes to pre-existing bugs.
- macOS 13 Ventura beta 2
The new preview version of macOS, the operating system for Mac computers, is the 22A5321d (replaces it 22A5311f released as beta 4). At the moment, the operating system dedicated to mac computers does not seem to receive news with beta 5: Apple’s work on the next version of macOS will probably be focused on optimizing all the new features already introduced during the first phase of the cycle. development.
New in iOS 16 beta 5
With the release of each new beta, either by diffusion given the increasing number of users being stolen from the Android landscape, or due to issues related to the fact that it will be the operating system that will welcome the new generation of iPhone 14, it seems that iOS 16 either the only one of the ever-changing parts or, at least, seems to be the one that does the most cheeky.
As well as on the occasion of the release of beta 4 to developers, and even with the arrival of beta 5, the operating system dedicated to iPhones welcomes some small but important news, one of which is a kind of welcome return.
- Battery percentage in plain view
With the advent of the notch (iPhone X, 2017), for reasons space Apple had removed the percentage of remaining charge, which was historically located to the left of the battery icon: to consult this data, the user had to access the control center or, more recently, rely on the battery widgets. With the new iOS 16 beta 5, the battery level has been placed inside the battery icon itself. This innovation, certainly very welcome by owners of a recent iPhone with a notch, reaches all iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 models, iPhone X, iPhone Xs and Xs Max but not iPhone 11 or iPhone XR, at least at the moment.
- New on lock screen
As for the lock screen, the depth effect (perspective zoom) for wallpapers has been removed, a feature that’s been around on iPhones for a while, but could be reintroduced with a future beta release. In addition, with the fifth beta of iOS 16, the lock screen with a music player is further enriched: now, in addition to the full-screen view, you can also choose a mini-viewer located at the bottom.
- Music application
Small graphic innovations regarding the Apple Music application: the Dolby Atmos and Lossless indicators have been moved, finding a place next to the song genre. they were previously under the “Play” and “Shuffle” buttons.
When you take a screenshot and then continue editing, you’ve just taken one puncture on the “Finish” button, the new “Copy and Delete” option now appears.
- Emergency call
In the menu accessed by pressing and holding a volume key and the side key at the same time, the “Emergency SOS” item has been renamed to “Emergency call”.
How to download the new betas of various Apple operating systems
The beta 5 new operating systems iOS 16, iPadOS 16, watchOS 9, tvOS 16 And macOS 13 Ventura they are only available to developers enrolled in the special program on Apple’s developer portal. Those already running beta 4 will be able to update their devices as normal, as if it were any system update. Only as far as its beta 5 is concerned tvOS 16Instead, developers should download the trial version via Xcode.
Those who are not enrolled in Apple’s developer program but want to test the innovations that will come with the next versions of the operating systems of the Cupertino giant, will be able to turn to the beta program (we are currently in public beta 2 ) and this the guide will explain how to do it.
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