iOS 17 Public Beta 6 Released for Download

Aug 30, 2023 - 1 Comment

iOS 17 public beta

Apple has released iOS 17 public beta 6 for iPhone and iPadOS 17 public beta 6 for iPad. The 6th public betas match the same build number as the concomitant iOS 17 beta 8 released for developers, both carrying build 21A5326a.

Additionally, new public betas are available for watchOS and tvOS 17, but MacOS Sonoma has not yet received a beta update.

Though beta system software is aimed at advanced users, installing iOS 17 public beta is possible for any iOS 17 compatible iPhone. Likewise, installing iPadOS 17 public beta is possible by any user with a compatible iPad.

How to Download & Update iOS 17 Public Beta 6 / iPadOS 17 Public Beta 6

If you’re already running the public beta, it’s super easy to update:

  1. Open the “Settings” app on the iPhone or iPad
  2. Go to “General”, and then choose “Software Update”
  3. Select to “Download and Install” for iOS 17 Public Beta 6 / iPadOS 17 Public Beta 6

iOS 17 public beta 6

As usual, your iPhone or iPad will have to restart to finish the installation process.

iOS 17 features interactive widgets for the Home Screen, customizable Contact Posters, Safari Profiles, FaceTime Video Voicemail, Live Voicemail, NameDrop contact sharing, improvements to predictive typing, changes to Messages, and many other smaller features and changes.

iPadOS 17 features a customizable lock screen, Safari Profiles, FaceTime Visual Voicemail, interactive Home Screen widgets, improvements to Stage Manager multitasking view, enhanced predictive typing capabilities, NameDrop contact sharing, and more.

Apple has said that both iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 will be released in the fall.

Separately, Apple just announced a “special event” for September 12 which is widely expected to be the iPhone 15 launch date, and that’s also likely when we’ll figure out the exact release date of iOS 17.


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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPad, iPhone, News

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  1. Mathew Diekhake says:

    iOS and OSX look very nice at the moment. Since Apple controls its own hardware, it can keep ahead of software features for as long as its hardware performs better. I think that’s probably why Apple’s software looks a step ahead at the moment. There are many Windows desktops unable to handle widgets today, etc.

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