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Planning to join the iOS 17 beta test? Apple Developer Program members can now join the beta testing of iOS 17, but note that there are some device compatibility requirements.

Here is the list of compatible devices for the iOS 17 beta:

iPhone 14

iPhone 14 Plus

iPhone 14 Pro

iPhone 14 Pro Max

iPhone 13

iPhone 13 mini

iPhone 13 Pro

iPhone 13 Pro Max

iPhone 12

iPhone 12 mini

iPhone 12 Pro

iPhone 12 Pro Max

iPhone 11

iPhone 11 Pro

iPhone 11 Pro Max

iPhone XS

iPhone XS Max

iPhone XR

iPhone SE

(2nd generation or later)

iOS 17 beta comes with a bunch of new features and system improvements, including machine-learning-supported autocorrection, StandBy mode, NameDrop, and more.

However, it is worth noting that iOS 17 beta is still far from perfect and is currently suffering from different issues and bugs. As shared by different developers and testers from various forums, some major bugs cause keyboard and messaging issues, apps freezing and crashes, excessive battery usage and heating, autodeletion of non-Apple apps, and more. With this, it is advised to back up your files before getting the iOS 17 beta.

On the other hand, iOS 16.6 Beta 3 is also now available, although it won’t likely bring huge new features and improvements. Yet, one of the main highlights of the update is the iMessage Contact Key Verification that Apple first announced last December. The feature will give users another option to verify that the recipient of their messages or someone they are talking to is really the person they trust. And in case of an “exceptionally advanced adversary” has managed to eavesdrop on the supposedly encrypted communications, the activated feature will provide automatic alerts. According to the company, it is designed to give users better security assurance when using their devices. Apple added that this would specifically benefit individuals who “face extraordinary digital threats,” including journalists, human rights activists, and government officials.

If you are already a part of the iOS 17 or iOS 16.6 beta tests, let us know about your experiences in the comment section!


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