Apple released the fourth beta version of iOS 16.5 last week. A news release from the company on Tuesday indicated that the iPhone software update will become available to the public next week. iOS 16.5 betas bring more security fixes and operating system improvements, such as a new Pride wallpapers section and a sports section in Apple News, for public beta users as well as developers.
New iOS features can be fun, but we recommend downloading a beta version only on a device other than your primary phone, just in case the new software causes problems. Apple also provides beta testers with an app called Feedback, which they can use to notify the company of any issues in the new software. That way, issues can be addressed before general release.
Here are the new features that beta testers can try now before the release of iOS 16.5.
Pride Wallpaper Section
In iOS 16.5 beta 4, Apple introduced a new Pride section to your iPhone’s preloaded wallpapers.
The wallpapers are “designed with the colors of the Pride flag to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community,” the section’s description says.
in iOS 16.3the company introduced the Unity tab with preloaded wallpapers as part of its Black Unity Collection to celebrate Black History Month.
Apple News gets a Sports section
The Apple news launched in 2015, and the first iOS 16.5 beta brought a Sports tab to the app for the first time. The tab can be found in the toolbar at the bottom of the screen when you open the app. Previously, the toolbar displayed tabs for Today, News Plus, Audio, Following, and Search. iOS 16.5 beta 1 got rid of the Search tab to make room for the Sports tab.
Ask Siri to start a screen recording
With iOS 16.5 beta 1, you can ask Siri to start recording your screen for you. Before this beta version you had to go to add the screen recording tool to your Control Center, then turn on the tool manually. Now asking Siri can save you time as you won’t have to edit the beginning and end of your videos where you turn the recording on and off.
There’s no guarantee that these beta features will be released with iOS 16.5, or that they’ll be the only new features coming with the update.
For more see what to know about iOS 16.4.1 (a) and the security rapid response and what you might have missed with iOS 16.4. And there is how to become an apple beta tester so you can try out new iOS features before other people.