Last Friday, Apple pretty much surprised everyone with the fifth beta of iOS 10.2 becoming available. There wasn’t much to discuss in this department except the fact that it was the second beta released for that specific update during the same week. Now, Apple’s back at it again with the sixth build of the future OS upgrade for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch becoming available to both developers and public beta testers.
In this new beta, Apple ditches the old Videos app by hiding it and placing the all-new TV app in its place, a feature first found in the previous iOS 10.2 betas. This gives indication that the hidden app may be going away at some point in the future, but for now, it remains hidden by default for all beta testers in the US (the reason is due to the TV app not being available just yet in other territories). It’s also worth noting that Single Sign-On capabilities are also featured in this build including support for services such as DirecTV, Dish, CenturyLink, and Sling TV.
In addition, there’s a new ‘Love’ Messages effect you can use while messaging your friends. There’s also bug fixes, security improvements, and stability enhancements to make the overall experience more fluid and stable.
If you spot anything new or different in iOS 10.2 beta 6 that’s not listed here, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To install the iOS 10.2 beta on your device, you must be a registered developer or public beta tester and already have your device activated to receive beta builds. If your device falls under these guidelines, head over to Settings > General > Software Update and you should see a listing for iOS 10.2 Beta 6. Just tap “Download and install” and you’ll be good to go. I recommend jumping on a Wi-Fi network first alongside plugging in your device beforehand as a) you don’t want data overcharges on your bill and b) you don’t want your phone or tablet to die during the installation process.
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