Apple has released the eighth iOS 16 beta ahead of the final release, which is expected shortly after Apple’s September 7 event. Those who have signed up for the beta program can check for it by going to the General > Software Update menu in the iPhone Settings app.
If you haven’t enrolled in the iOS 16 beta program and can’t wait a few more weeks for the public release, you can find out how to do so here. However, keep in mind that beta builds frequently contain bugs that degrade the user experience, so they should be avoided on primary devices.
The iOS 16 beta 8-having build number 20A5358a – comes with bug fixes, performance improvements, and some optimizations that get it a step closer to the public release, so we suggest you wait for the final release since it’s not too far away.
iOS 16 beta 7 was released one week ago and included only minor changes and tweaks. Again, Apple’s focus at this point is on fixing last-minute bugs and performance issues. Internally, the company has shifted most of its focus to iOS 16.1, which is likely to be released sometime later this fall.
iOS 16 brings a new lock screen, notifications, and the ability to unsend a recently sent message or edit it after it’s sent. One of the iOS 16 betas also brought back the battery percentage to the status bar.