You can now download iOS 10.3.2 public beta 1 for compatible iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices if you’re registered on the company’s Apple Beta Software Program portal.
This release comes only a day after Apple released first developer beta of iOS 10.3.2, watchOS 3.2.2, macOS 10.12.5 and tvOS 10.2.1, and two days after company released final versions of iOS 10.3 IPSW files, macOS 10.12.4, tvOS 10.2 and watchOS 3.2 to general consumers.
The public beta of any iOS version allows more users to test pre-release seed builds of the software update before it’s finalized, which Apple’s public beta program is a free to participate in unlike its paid developer program. iOS 10.3.2 will be released to everyone in the future, as the version number also suggests we should onle see under-the-hood bug fixes and security improvements in these releases when ready. Apple’s iOS 10.3 release included Find My AirPods, a new APFS (Apple File System), CarPlay improvements, Siri and much more. This release not only signifies Apple’s intentions to get up and running almost immediately with the progression of iOS 10 download ahead of an iOS 11 announcement at this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), but also instantly widens the pool of testers putting this latest version of the platform through its paces.
The first public beta of iOS 10.3.2 is not stable, though includes many bugs, so they should be installed on a secondary update. Apple said that the update fixes SiriKit car commands, which should now be working as expected. Beyond that, we have no idea on what features or improvements are coming in iOS 10.3.2, as Apple doesn’t offer detailed release notes and noteworthy discovered in the betas we’ve received so far. The iOS 10.3.2 update appears to be a much smaller upgrade than iOS 10.3 though it could bring a fairly important changes with it.
We probably won’t get an iOS 10.3.2 release date announcement ahead of time, and also no clear tie-in with the Clips application that’s slated to arrive in April. While Clips require iPhone and iPad users to download the iOS 10.3 update. Apple’s nasty surprising launch of iOS 10.3.2 was highly unexpected, but very welcome for those who love nothing more than jumping into a new release and shifting through what’s newly changed, and what’s been improved and fixed. iOS 10.3.2 is of course a very much a minor point release, and as such you might expect, doesn’t really come with any notable outward-facing changes, and is more focused on streamlining what is already there.
Additionally, there’s now a new prompt put in place that alerts the user when an app or service is trying to make a telephone, FaceTime, or FaceTime audio call via a URL schema. This latest pre-release seed also brings minor changes to WebKit, meaning that Mobile Safari now supports the reduced motion facility which can be introduced and supported by third-party website developers.
With no exact indication given on how many beta releases we can expect with iOS 10.3.2, but for now the first and foremost in a likely number of releases is here and now available to public beta testers. Those who enrolled or registered on the beta program are able to grab the latest download right now for all compatible iPhone, iPad and iPod touch hardware directly from Settings > General > Software Update section. Those new to public beta though will have to head over to beta.apple.com to get started.
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