Beta 6 of iOS 10, macOS Sierra, watchOS 3, tvOS 10 Released

Aug 15, 2016 - 12 Comments

MacOS Beta and iOS Beta

Apple has released new beta versions of iOS 10, macOS Sierra 10.12, tvOS, and watchOS. The new beta builds are available now for users who are running either the developer beta or public beta.

For iOS 10, the latest beta release is versioned as Developer Beta 6 and iOS 10 Public Beta 5 respectively, both of which are available now from the OTA update mechanism within the Settings app.

iOS 10 public beta 5

The latest watchOS 3 beta 6 and tvOS 10 beta 6 can also be downloaded through their respective Settings apps using the over-the-air mechanism as well.

The most recent beta build of macOS Sierra 10.12 can be downloaded through the Updates section of the Mac App Store as usual.

Anyone can choose to install iOS 10 public beta and install macOS Sierra public beta, but beta software is notoriously less reliable and frequently buggy, which should limit the beta testing experience to more advanced users who have thorough backups and preferably are installing the releases on secondary hardware.

The final versions of iOS 10, macOS Sierra, watchOS 3, and tvOS 10 are set to be released this fall. Typically Apple releases the final version of system software during their fall iPhone event, suggesting that we could be seeing the new system software available to the general public sometime around early to mid September.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in News

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  1. Wharf Xanaduu says:

    The latest OS x beta totally bricked my computer. I am done with Apple and their garbage and going back to my Little Tots PC.

    • Chockinsmith says:

      Beta software is often unreliable. Perhaps you should wait until the final version comes out in September or October.

      I typically recommend waiting for the first point release. That would be Mac OS 10.12.1, maybe available by the holidays.

    • junebeetle says:

      (I’m not sure if you are joking…)

      It’s 99% not bricked, you can probably reinstall the OS, if not from recovery you can make a boot disk on another computer :)

    • James says:

      I guess you missed the bit where it said “beta software is notoriously less reliable and frequently buggy, which should limit the beta testing experience to more advanced users who have thorough backups and preferably are installing the releases on secondary hardware.”

    • Sebby says:

      Doh! If you’re going to parody someone, at least get their name right. (Or parody that too.)

  2. Hamza Sheikh says:

    I am unable to get the last update. I don’t know whats up with iTunes. It says the update is ready, and when I press install it says it is failed to verify the update. Same thing is happening from last one week and there is new update released.

  3. uamosii says:

    I would love to try the mac os beta but since it is my only mac I think I will wait

  4. Rajesh Shintre says:

    I recently updated to iOS 10 Beta 6.

    Honestly the experience has been awesome. Lot of stability I can see, still early in the day but happy to have gone for it.

  5. Steve Steele says:

    I don’t mean to be rude but anyone who downloads a beta OS to their working daily workstation and then says it got bricked, and therefore is leaving Apple for MS is either trolling or is technology challenged.

    1) There’s no such thing as “bricking” a Mac. Boot up from your Recovery Partition or a USB Recovery Partition and reinstall the last backup which OF COURSE you made before you installed the beta OS. Fixed.

    2) Apple releases OS betas to collect data from users. Unless you have a spare hard drive, partition or another Mac, NEVER INSTALL A BETA OS!

    3) Become proficient in troubleshooting. Learn as many GUI based and Terminal based troubleshooting techniques before installing betas.

    4) OS X (macOS) isn’t garbage. Like Chockinsmith said. If you use your Mac for serious work (income, content creation, etc..), think like an IT admin and wait for a 10.x.1 release. I might go further to a .3 or .4 release. Once you have the perfect balance of CPU, RAM and flash drives, and then apps and OS, LOCK DOWN YOUR SYSTEM AND DON’T UPGRADE ANYTHING until the next upgrade cycle (set by you or the developer of the main app you use for your work).

    Advice courtesy of a former Apple employee.

  6. Mitch says:

    Currently running both Beta’s on iPhone & Air and only experience spinning rainbow on Air which is a waiting game but patience in testing software is mandatory. Only “confused” my iPhone once but Apples recovery and backup software to include process is 5 Star!!

  7. Kevin says:

    Maybe I have just been lucky, but the latest OS beta installed without issues at the moment.

  8. Linnyloo12 says:

    I have downloaded all the Testing Betas on my I phone 6 plus and I don’t deal with any major issues. It closes down apps once in a while.. but it does take up a ton of memory..and with a crappy 16g phone… Im down to only like 60 pics and 300 songs and 10 apps. :(

    The only thing I really loved was the background images and Fireworks displays with the new texting features and now since like beta 3 it went away and I have been able to use it since.. Sad.. :( The option doesn’t even pop up anymore..

    But other then that my phones been fine. Given I know you can restore it as well but I have a back up of my phone on my laptop on I tunes so Im not that worried..

    Anyone else have this issue?

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