iOS 10 Beta Problems: 5 Things to Know
If you own a device that can run iOS 10 you can download
the software right now.
The iOS 10 beta is tempting but it’s not for everyone. Early software isn’t perfect and the iOS 10 beta is riddled with issues.
Today we want to touch on the current state of iOS 10 beta problems for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch and provide you with the most important information you need to know as we push toward the final iOS 10 release.
This roundup includes a look at fixes for iOS 10 beta problems, places to find feedback about your specific update, how to downgrade to the iOS 9.3.2 or iOS 9.3.3 update, and a whole lot more. We’ll continue to update this with new details as they become available.
iOS 10 Beta Problems
Before you download
the iOS 10 beta, know that there are tons of problems plaguing the early version of Apple’s next operating system.
We’ve been using the iOS 10 beta for several weeks now and we’ve endured a number of headaches. Bluetooth is finicky, apps (including Pokémon Go) crash with regularity, and we’ve encountered performance issues.
Developers and beta testers using iOS 10 beta 1, beta 2, beta 3, beta 4, beta 5, beta 6, and beta 7 have discovered numerous bugs and issues.
Beta testers on MacRumors have been tracking iOS 10 beta’s bugs and here are some of the problems plaguing iOS 10 beta 5:
Dock is buggy on iPad Pro 12.9 and iPad Air & iPad Air 2 (may be all models), tilt iPad towards you and see the background of dock disappear, move it away and the dock background refills. Also it blacks out at times, a restart does not solve this. Seeing this also on 6S+ and 6+. Solved temporarily by turning on “Reduce Transparency” in Accessibility settings.Home screen icons that are force-pressed on 6s can become misaligned for a split-second after looking at the Today view. (Using 3D Touch on an icon and moving the device will cause the blurred background to move separately from the actively pressed icon, and going back to the home screen shows that icon in the wrong place for a short time. It doesn’t happen on a fresh boot, but appears after sliding to the Today view on the left and then using 3D Touch).3D menu in phone app does not dial a contact unless its added as a widget. Then it works.Using 3D touch on Notes.app and then tapping on a note listed in the widget does not do anything (i.e. the note is not brought up as you would expect).Music options on iTunes such as Start and Stop time, Volume Adjust settings done on iTunes does not get synced over to iPhone/iPad’s Music App.
This is why we recommend taking a few steps to prepare yourself, and your device, for the iOS 10 beta should you choose to download
it. A little preparation will go a long way toward preventing problems on your iPhone or iPad or both.
If you’re interested in download
ing the iOS 10 beta, make sure to keep an eye on problems. This is particularly important if you’re moving from an older version of iOS and/or using an older device like the iPhone 5 or iPad mini.
Where to Find Feedback About iOS 10 Beta
If you’re thinking about download
ing the iOS 10 beta, we recommend digging into feedback about your device’s update before making the move.
We’ve put together a list of reasons why you should, and shouldn’t, download
the iOS 10 beta right now. If you’re on the fence, take a look. The potential for problems is just part of it.
If you need more than that, you’ll want to take a look on YouTube, Apple’s developer discussion forums, and the MacRumors forums.
If you’re looking for information about a specific version of the iOS 10 beta, YouTube videos are a great resource.
We’ve also seen critical feedback about every single version of the iOS 10 beta emerge on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook.
The iOS 10 beta 3 is making me change passcode about every 72 hours.
— Josh Smith (@Josh_Smith) July 25, 2016
iOS 10 Public Beta 2 (Dev Beta 3) has been surprisingly stable for me. Don't usually recommend installing betas on your daily but have at it
— Jon Rettinger (@Jon4Lakers) July 24, 2016
Safari on my iPad Pro with iOS 10 beta 3 seems unstable. Random freezes and crashes. Hmm.
— kristi maxwell (@kristi_maxwell) July 28, 2016
ed iOS 10 beta 3 and I absolutely love it, it's so different and clean
— turbo thot (@DylanSchmittt) July 28, 2016
This feedback from developers and Beta Software Program participants will alert you to potential issues, and benefits, of the iOS 10 beta.
How to Fix iOS 10 Beta Problems
If you’re on the iOS 10 beta and you’re dealing with problems, you’ll need to be proactive because the timing, and change logs, of Apple’s beta updates are unpredictable.
If you encounter abnormal battery drain, broken Wi-Fi, busted Bluetooth, or another problem on the iOS 10 beta, take a look at our list of fixes for common iOS 9 problems. They should work for iOS 10 beta problems as well.
If you can’t find a fix there, head over to Apple’s iOS 10 beta discussion forums. There are a number of knowledgeable users over there that can, and will, help you diagnose and fix your problem.
I understand that iOS 10 is still in beta, but I would really appreciate if it would stop crashing my phone @AppleSupport
— Liz Hale (@LizHale333) July 11, 2016
It appears that Apple’s Support account on Twitter is helping some iOS 10 beta users so that’s another option if you’re unable to track down a fix on your own.
Finally, if you’re using the iOS 10 beta and Facebook Messenger, you’ll want to download
the latest update from Facebook.
The current update has a fix for an issue that blocked your top most conversation from view. With this update installed, you’re now able to see that conversation.
You Can Still Downgrade to iOS 9.3.2 or iOS 9.3.3
If you download
iOS 10 beta and can’t handle the number of problems on board, know that you can drop back down to the iOS 9.3.2 update or the iOS 9.3.3 update. Nothing older than that though.
The iOS 9.3.2 loophole will probably only be open for a few more days. Apple typically closes the downgrade path to older updates one to two weeks after it releases new software.
The iOS 9.3.2 and iOS 9.3.3 updates have been out for a number of weeks now so the downgrade could close up at any point and without warning.
If you’re interested in moving back from iOS 10 beta to iOS 9, our walkthrough will guide you through the process.
How to Report iOS 10 Beta Problems
If you decide to download
the iOS 10 beta you’ll want to report problems to Apple. This will help the company improve the final product.
To do that, you’ll want to head to Apple’s Bug Reporter. You don’t need a developer account to login. You just need an Apple ID.
Once you login select New > iOS > and fill out the form to relay your iOS 10 beta problem to Apple and its engineers.
4 Reasons Not to Install iOS 10 Beta & 5 Reasons You Should
Install iOS 10 Beta if You Want New Emoji1 / 9
Apple’s iOS 10 update is set to deliver over 100 new emoji characters to the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch this fall. You can get them right now thanks to the iOS 10 beta.
The iOS 10 beta 4 brought a ton of new and redesigned emoji characters to iOS. The biggest change are the expanded gender options.
For instance, you can now select a female policewoman. This character doesn’t exist if you’re using emoji on iOS 9. There’s also a female swimmer.
There are also new male emojis. For example, you can now select a male massage emoji or a male haircut emoji.
These are all part of an update to Unicode though there are still a number of emojis missing in the iOS 10 beta. It’s not clear if Apple will add those at a later date.
One other quick note about these emojis. If you like the pistol emoji, you might not want to install the iOS 10 beta.
The iOS 10 beta does away with the pistol emoji and replaces it with a green water gun. The change will be permanent once the iOS 10 update arrives this fall.