iOS 10 developer beta 5 released for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

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Apple has released the fifth developer beta for iOS 10, for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The new update is less than 360mb in size and contains a number of tweaks to new features introduced in iOS 10. All indications say that this might the last developer beta before the final version is released to general public.

iOS 10 developer beta 4 was released just over a week ago, while the third public beta was released last week. The release contained a number of changes to widgets, Apple Music, and new emojis along with bug fixes. It also sped up iOS device considerably by shortening animation and app launch/close times.

So far, we have spotted the following changes in the new iOS 10 developer beta:

  • New lock screen sound. There is still no haptic feedback but it sounds better than before.
  • Now playing icon in Control Center is updated.
  • iPhone and Apple TV icons for AirPlay in Control Center are changed.iOS 10 developer beta 5 released for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch 1
  • The date is much smaller in widgets section. It can also be accessed even if you swipe right on the home screen to access the widgets section. Previously, the date was only visible if you swiped down to access notification center/Spotlight and swiped right to see widgets.
  • Widgets also have darker colored backgrounds.iOS 10 developer beta 5 released for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch 2
  • Quick reply for Message notifications seems to be fixed. It was a bit tricky to use and would close randomly in beta 4.
  • New unlock animation after your enter passcode or use TouchID on the lock screen.
  • New animation when 3D Touching folders to open them.

We will update this post if we find anything else new in the new beta.

If you are already on a previous developer beta, you can upgrade to the new one by going to Settings > General > Software Update. Alternatively, you can download the updated firmware (IPSW) file by going to Apple Developer Center.

According to Apple’s release notes, People (faces) in Photos app will be reset and rescanned. Lock your iOS device and keep it connected for a while to let the process finish as it can take some time.

Apple will likely release the fourth iOS 10 public beta within a few days.

The fifth developer betas for macOS 10.12 Sierra, watchOS 3 and tvOS 10 were also released today.

Update: Apple has released the fourth public beta of iOS 10 too, available via OTA update.