Apple drops iOS 10 beta 2 for developers

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iOS 10 lockscreen

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The first big beta update for iOS 10 has finally arrived, nearly a month after Apple unveiled its upcoming mobile operating system to developers at WWDC.

Apple seeded iOS 10 beta 2 to developers this morning, allowing testers to get a new look at all the bug fixes and UI tweaks that have been added.

What’s new in iOS 10?

Developers can install iOS 10 beta 2 via an over-the-air update on iPhone and iPad if the devices are already running the first beta. If you haven’t taken the plunge onto iOS 10 yet, you can grab the download directly from Apple’s Developer Center.

iOS 10 is being touted by Apple as one of its biggest updates ever. The update brings a completely new look to the lock screen, as well as big changes to Siri, Messages, Photos, Apple Music, Apple News and much more.

Apple’s release notes for iOS 10 beta 2 don’t mention any major features being added to the update. However, the Apple Music app has received some nice tweaks. You can now sign in to Apple Music on Sonos, music videos can be played full screen, music suggestions appear in album pages, and you can view and manage a list of active downloads.

The release notes don’t mention any other big UI changes or added features in the new iOS 10 beta, but we’ll let you know if we find something new once it’s installed on our test devices.

In the meantime, watch the videos below for hands-on looks at all the new stuff in the first iOS 10 beta.

Hands on with iOS 10

The first beta of iOS 10 brought big changes to the lock screen, and to Apple apps like Photos, Maps and Messages, which got loads of colorful upgrades to bring it more in line with modern messaging apps.

Hands on with Apple Music and Apple News

Apple Music and Apple News are both getting much-needed design overhauls in iOS 10, too.