After a miserable 22 days of waiting, Apple has finally released the second beta of iOS 10 to registered developers for testing purposes. The updated build, weighing in at around 500MB, doesn’t include anything too significant, however does include notable tweaks.
First off, some known issues in beta 2 include the fact that Faces recognized in the Photos app no longer sync across devices, while functionality that requires adoption from App Store apps such as iMessage apps, SiriKit, and Maps extensions will not be available until those apps are able to adopt and submit to the Store. However, that’s all Apple knows at the current time. Known fixes included in the build include the ability to cast content from an iOS 10 device to an Apple TV via AirPlay, the ability to restore your iOS 10 device from a backup made while on iOS 8 or earlier, and a more stable experience while viewing Memory Movies made via the Photos app amongst other improvements.
The Music app in iOS 10 beta 2 has received a few tweaks here and there which ultimately will make the experience more smooth than it was in the previous build.
- In Library, you can now view and manage a list of all active downloads.
- Posts from artists you follow now appear under Connect Posts within For You.
- You can now sign in to Apple Music on Sonos.
- Music videos can now be played fullscreen.
- Related music suggestions now appear in album pages.
However, these known issues with the app unfortunately follow the improvements made.
- After joining Apple Music for the first time, you may need to force quit Music to reflect your new membership.
- Changing Dynamic Type in Settings does not adjust reading size consistently in Music.
- You can skip to the next or previous track; however, to rewind or fast forward within a song, you must move the play position in the progress bar.
- Radio tab appears in all countries, including countries where it is not available.
- Tapping on the name in an album or playlist does not yet take you to the artist or curator page.
- When editing a playlist, there is not yet a way to choose new songs to add. To add a song, find the song in Apple Music long press, 3D touch, or use the More Options menu and tap “Add to Playlist.”
- On iPad, playlists do not yet include an edit feature.
- On iPad, Music app will unexpectedly lose its place when playing from the Artists menu.
- Turning off Show Apple Music in Music Settings does not yet hide Apple Music.
9to5Mac has been digging around the latest beta all day and has created a list of notable tweaks they published to their site. Here’s that very list.
- Tweaked HomeKit iconography in Control Center
- Notification Center ‘Missed’ becomes ‘Recent’
- Today view for widgets in Notification Center can once again be accessed with swipe down from Home screen, not just within apps
- Iconography for Apple TV and speakers tweaked in AirPlay settings in Control Center
- HomeKit app icon updated from solid yellow to Home app icon in Settings
- Apple Music replaces ‘Downloaded Music’ with ‘Downloads’, no longer removable
- Maps now includes option for ‘Show Parked Location’ plus feature explanation in Settings
- Messages now has Low Quality Image Mode toggle in Settings
- Mail has new filter icon (was previously a filter, now lines within a circle
- Notification Center now has Weather Channel credit once again
- Control Center 3D Touch options have tweaked language, icons
- New Organ Donation changes available in Health app
- Music now has Shuffle option from Songs section (previously had to play a song before shuffling)
- ‘Rest Finger to Unlock’ option in Accessibility Settings
- Lock screen adds ‘Unlocked’ animation in status bar when unlocked, previously just removed lock icon
- App Store now works with Split View on supported iPads
- iMessage App Store introduced over the weekend now promoted with splash screen
- Feedback app available for more users
- 3D Touching folders with badges now shows badges per apps, previously said ‘Unread’ per app
- Interactive notifications now work differently on non-3D Touch devices (swipe down versus slide over to access options)
- Subtle new Siri animation (Home screen minimizes in background)
- Connect Posts now appears below For You content on For You tab, Connect tab appears when you disable Apple Music, new banner promoting sign ups
- Apple News is now a “removable” app (holding out hope for Photo Booth)
- Keyboard click sound has reverted to classic version, iOS 10 beta 1 included updated sound
- New ‘Featured Complications’ section in Apple Watch app
- AirPlay/Bluetooth headphones and speakers now appear from Now Playing screen in Music
- Autofill sync option for Music to Apple Watch (Smart and Random options)
- Background App Refresh toggles for Apple Watch
- Use Previous Duration option in Breathe app settings for Apple Watch
As their list continues to grow, you can follow them over at 9to5Mac.com.
Already found in previous builds of iOS 10 is a new lock screen UI complete with a dedicated widgets panel, an all new Messages app, lots of improveemtns to Photos such as facial recognition and Memories for you to revisit past events, a Siri SDK alongside some slight tweaks to the personal assistant, an updated Maps app, an overhaul News and Apple Music app alongside the addition of lyrics in the latter, an official Home app to control smart home devices enabled with HomeKit integration, a much improved Phone app, universal clipboard, and much more.
If anything else notable we feel you need to know is discovered in the latest build of iOS 10, we’ll let you know.
To install beta 2 of iOS 10, head over to Settings > General > Software Update on your registered iOS device and tap “Download” when you see the option to install the latest build. As of now, you must be a registered developer in order to install this software. Soon, Apple will open a public beta program where anyone can sign up for free and begin testing iOS 10 for themselves on their device (y’know, as long as it’s not powered by the A5 processor).
You can learn more about iOS 10 here.
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