As we predicted in the earlier article, Apple has released the second beta of its iOS 9 mobile operating system for testing and bug improvements of the firmware.
The update comes exactly after 2 weeks of the iOS maker launching its iOS 9 in World Wide Developer Conference 2015. Apple has made a ton of changes in the iOS 9 beta 2, and the main updates have been covered in this post as well.
This update with the build number 13A4280e is now available for download to all registered Apple developers over-the-air, by which you need not download the entire firmware again in order to install an update.
You can register your UDID with US .
However, if you still wish to clean install the beta 2, you can do so by downloading the IPSW file from Apple Developer Centre. Alongside iOS 9 beta 2, Apple has also released Xcode 7 beta 2, which was not predicted at all by trusted Apple insider sources. So check that out as well.
About the changes made in iOS 9 beta 2, as always, Apple has not given any in-depth idea about the improvements but simply stated that it contains fixes for many bugs and problems that were seen in beta 1. However, we have found out some important changes in it.
Restoring the backup created in iOS 9 is much faster than the first seed of iOS 9, AirPlay connectivity is now improved after devs complained about a laggy connection which dropped out of nowhere, you can now change a password in Family section of iCloud Settings which you couldn’t before, the Mail app which crashed when trying to print an email has now been fixed, and finally, 3rd party keyboards from the App store now work in search results.
However, there are still many issues hovering over the iOS 9 which are still not fixed in beta 2. Some of them being:
- Lightning Connector for video does not work.
- FaceTime calls do not work on iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and iPad Air 2.
- Activation Lock gives false notification of it being activated for Apple Watch when it is not in reality.
- Game Centre crashes when trying to create an Apple ID within the app.
- signing into an iTunes account while restoring from backup gets stuck while sending the verification code.
- Music app in beta 2 does not show the Music tab itself, and much more.
Apple says that iOS 9’s main focus in on improving the intelligence and proactivity of your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch using the iOS, by which it allows the device to understand how the user uses its device in order to give recommendations on places, apps, stories and much more.
No major changes on that front has been seen in the second beta of iOS 9, also, Siri, which is more smarter and active than ever has not seen any brief changes or updates. Its ability to create contextual reminders, proactive replies and search will be made more accurate in the coming versions of iOS 9 beta.
Apart from the backend and technical changes, built-in apps like Notes, Mails App and Maps have been tweaked to perform smoother and opens up within fraction of seconds. Apple has also announced changing its payment feature name to combine both Apple Pay and Passbook to name it “Wallet”. Wonder why?
About the battery optimizations, devices running iOS 9 will get an additional hour of battery juice due to its many under the hood changes. Not only an additional hour, if you turn on the power-savng mode, you can extend the battery even further by upto 3 hours. Insanely good work, Apple!
Also in iOS 9 beta 2, Apple has added a new feature called “Temporary Delete” feature, which not many publications have noted yet, we are. This feature will help you delete a few apps while installing the software update, which takes up higher space during installation. But due to App thinning and Temporary Delete, you can delete the apps and after the iOS is installed, all the apps along with their saved documents and data will return back to its original state.
The beta versions of iOS 9 are available only to registered Apple developers, but if you are one of those non-registered Apple users, fret not, Apple is soon planning to release public beta versions of iOS 9 in July before it is available for download to the masses in fall.
iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan both will be available as Public Beta downloads in July and you need to register for the same using Apple’s Beta Software Program. The program is yet to be released for iOS.
Download links for iOS 9 beta 2 for iPhone: