The first public beta for iOS 9 is now available for regular users to download and install.
The beta, which comes a day after Apple seeded iOS 9 beta 3 to developers, offers adventurous users a chance to check out iOS 9 on their iPhones, iPod touches or iPads before it is officially released this fall.
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To access the consumer beta, sign up with their Apple ID at beta.apple.com.
If you’re planning to do so, remember— as with the previous OS X public betas — that you’re installing beta software on your device. At this point, the software is stable enough to test, but Apple still recommends users install it on a secondary iOS device.
It’s also recommended that you backup your iOS device to either iTunes or iCloud before installing it. It’s also recommended that you backup your iOS device to either iTunes or iCloud before installing it. This way, you can be sure you have backed-up copies of your app data, photos and other media files — just in case something goes wrong.
Apple will be issuing updates periodically to iOS 9 over the next few months. Users who sign up for the consumer beta will be able to upgrade to the final version of iOS 9 when it ships later this fall.
iOS 9 brings a new News app on iPad, advanced battery savings feature for power management, a new multi-tasking design and enhanced Siri features.
Stay tuned for our hands-on with the iOS 9 public beta, including looks at the new News app, later today.