Apple releases first public betas of iOS 16, iPadOS 16, tvOS 16 & watchOS 9

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Apple on Monday has seeded the first public beta versions of iOS 16, iPadOS 16, watchOS 8, and tvOS 16 to members of its software testing program.

The first public beta versions of the new software updates should be essentially identical to their revised third developer beta counterparts, which were also released on Monday.

Interested users can sign up for Apple's Beta Software Program and download the new betas from the associated web portal.

New features in iOS 16 include a redesigned Lock Screen with support for widgets and additional customization, the ability to edit or delete iMessages, and an Apple Pay Later installment plan, among a slew of other features.

The iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 public betas have a build number of 20A5312j. The watchOS 9 public beta build number is 20R5316f. The tvOS 16 public beta build number is 20J5328g.

In iPadOS 16, Apple has moved its tablet a bit closer to its Mac with a feature called Stage Manager, which will allow for windowed multitasking. Apple's watchOS 9 introduces new faces, heart rate zones, a Medications app, and other additional fitness and health features.

Comparatively, tvOS 16 is a smaller update but still includes new features like additional gaming controller support, new Smart Home features, and cross-device compatibility.