The first public beta of iOS 10 is now available to download. You can download it, even your neighbor can download it. And the good news is that you won’t have to pay $99 a year for a developer account. But remember, this is a beta.
If you can’t wait to see iOS 10 in action, Apple’s public beta program is for you. The company wants you to try out its new operating system before releasing it in the fall. The developer beta lets developers take advantage of all the new APIs, while the public beta is all about ironing out the bugs. As Apple just released the second developer beta a couple of days ago, it’s safe to say that the first public beta is the same one as the second developer beta.
But remember, you shouldn’t install an iOS beta on your primary phone or iPad. Some things won’t work while others might crash your phone altogether. It’s a beta, after all. But if you have an iOS device lying around, backup your device first. Make sure your iCloud backup is up to date by going to the Settings app on your iPhone, or plug your iOS device to your computer to do a manual backup in iTunes (or do both, really).