Sixth public betas for iOS 17 and others now available

By Wesley Hilliard

Apple has released the sixth public betas for iOS 17, iPadOS 17, tvOS 17, and watchOS 10.

iOS 17 public beta 5

Apple's upcoming operating systems are set to bring a host of new features that will enhance the user experience across various apps. People who are interested in downloading the latest operating systems can do so via the Apple Beta Software Program.

The sixth iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 public betas have a build number of 21A5326a. Since macOS Sonoma doesn't release until later in the fall, it doesn't have a new public beta release this week.

The sixth tvOS 17 and HomePod software public betas have a build number of 21J5353a, while the sixth watchOS 10 public beta build number is 21R5355a.

Safari offers users additional privacy features, Apple Notes provides improved PDF support, iMessage enables location sharing, Freeform enhances collaboration capabilities, and numerous other new and improved features await users.

New features in iOS 17

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Journal (Coming later this year)

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Safari and Passwords


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The iOS 17 release will be compatible with the iPhone Xs and later as well as the iPhone SE (2nd generation).

New features in iPadOS 17

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Lock Screen

Interactive Widgets


PDFs and Notes

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The iPads that can download iPadOS 17 include iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2nd generation and later), iPad Pro 10.5-inch, iPad Pro 11-inch (1st generation and later), iPad Air (3rd generation and later), iPad (6th generation and later), and the iPad mini (5th generation and later).

What's new with watchOS 10

Apple rethought how Apple Watch works for watchOS 10. Some apps make better use of larger displays, there's a new widget view accessible below any active watch face, plus the app list is better formatted.

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tvOS 17 and HomePod updates

The Control Center in tvOS 17 is more prominent, FaceTime is now on Apple TV, plus there are new screensavers and a Find My remote option. HomePods also gain the ability to drop the "Hey" from the wake command for Siri.

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How to install the public betas

  1. Visit
  2. Sign in with your Apple ID. Note: You don't need to use the same Apple ID as you use to sign in to your phone, but it can make it easier
  3. On your iPhone, go to Settings > General > Software Update
  4. It may take a moment, but below Automatic Updates a new option will appear for beta updates
  5. In this menu you can choose between off and the iOS Public Beta
  6. If you used a different Apple ID to sign up for the beta program, this is where you can sign in with that secondary ID
  7. Go back to the Software Update page and it will automatically refresh and show any available beta update

Once you've signed up for public betas on Apple's website, visit the Settings app on each product you'd like to download the public beta on. Once the public beta option is selected, you'll receive each beta update as if it were a regular update in the Settings app.