The iOS 16 public beta is now available to download and install for those interested in testing. Apple has also released the first public preview versions of iPadOS 16, macOS 13 Ventura and watchOS 9. The versions of the operating systems scheduled for autumn require newer hardware: iOS 16 only runs on iPhone 8 and iPhone X (both built in 2017). Certain functions are also reserved for newer hardware, and Apple is making a clear cut this time, especially with iPads: The Stage Manager window manager is only available on the latest models with an M1 chip.
Downgrade to iOS 15 possible
Downloading the beta versions of iOS 16 & Co requires logging into Apple’s beta program with an Apple ID. The manufacturer strongly advises installing the pre-release versions on a second device and never on “business-critical” hardware – bugs and problems have to be expected. Accordingly, a current data backup is recommended before installation.
A downgrade to iOS / iPadOS 15 and macOS 12 is currently possible with manageable effort, but new backups created during the iOS 16 beta can no longer be imported under iOS 15 – only the backups created before the upgrade with iOS 15. Downgrading is not possible on the Apple Watch.
iOS 16: Sparkasse apps crash
Apart from minor and major errors in the operating system and a shortened battery life, beta testers have to be prepared for problems with apps in particular: As in previous years, the Sparkasse app crashes immediately in the iOS 16 beta, as developers report. This also applies to the S-PushTAN app, so that it may no longer be possible to make transfers via browser. There were also reports of problems with other individual banking apps, for example with the DKB. The Elster app also refuses to work.
iPhone gets customizable lock screen
iOS 16 allows for the first time to customize the iPhone lock screen – and to quickly switch between the lock screens. Stage Manager brings new window management to M1 iPads and Macs, and the iPhone camera can also be used as a Mac webcam with on-board tools. The new systems also bring new opportunities for third-party apps to integrate into system functions such as focus mode and many innovations in Apple apps from iMessage to Apple Mail.