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Bottom line: Should you install the public beta of iOS 10?

Susie Ochs | July 11, 2016
There are reasons to go for it, and reasons to wait. Whether you use Maps a lot is definitely a factor!

Bottom line

If putting a beta of iOS 10 on your everyday iPhone seems too risky, slapping it on your iPad might be a safer bet. You’ll get to play with the new Messages app, the new lock screen widgets, and the redesigned Photos, News, and Music. But iOS 10 is curiously light on iPad-specific features, especially if you don’t have an iPad Pro or at least an iPad Air 2 (which can do Split View).

Beta software is fun, but a little risky to put on devices you rely on every day. If you have an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus, and you don’t mind some app crashes here and there, think of the public beta like a training session for the new gestures and navigation shortcuts. By the time it launches to everyone else in the fall, you’ll be a 3D Touch ninja.

Even the bugs I encountered in Maps in iOS 10 while navigating the wilds of Wisconsin and Illinois didn’t hamper my experience. I’m glad I put the beta on my everyday iPhone (even without 3D Touch), and I have no desire to roll back to iOS 9. But there’s no shame in waiting, especially if you don’t want to have to be hypervigilant about backing up your devices just in case of disaster. iOS 10 will be fully ready to shake up all of our lock screens soon enough.


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