The iOS 16 public beta is here and you can be one of the first to try Apple’s latest iPhone operating system. Apple has listed hundreds of features on the iOS 16 preview page and it’s certainly tempting to take the plunge. But before you dive in and install the beta, consider these reasons for waiting to update until the final release arrives this fall.
You don’t like bugs
This may seem obvious, but there will be bugs in the iOS public beta. That’s literally the point: testing the software while it’s being developed so Apple can fix the things that are wrong with it. Generally, they’re small enough to be a nuisance rather than a major hurdle, but every once in a while a particularly annoying bug can harpoon an important app like Phone or Messages. Plus, there are some apps that won’t start, others that crash for weeks, and some that slow down as developers work on the big fall update.
Your iPhone is older than an XS
When iOS 16 comes out this fall, fewer phones will be able to upgrade than in years past. And even if you have an iPhone 8 or later, there are some features you can’t get. Many of the best iOS 16 features — extract a subject from a photo, live text, dictation — require an iPhone with at least an A12 Bionic (iPhone XS or later). So if you have an iPhone X, iOS 16 doesn’t have nearly as many features.
You have many Apple devices
Most people who own an iPhone have multiple Apple devices that are all connected together in the Apple ecosystem. So if you update your iPhone to the iOS 16 beta, you’ll want to update your other devices as well: Apple Watch (watchOS 9), iPad (iPadOS 16), MacBook (macOS Ventura), and Apple TV (tvOS 16). If you don’t update them all, some features won’t work, some of the compatibility will be broken, and the experience as a whole won’t be as seamless as it should be.
you are not missing much
iOS 16 is certainly a nice update, but let’s face it: the Marquee feature is a nicer lock screen. And several features, including iCloud Shared Photo Library and the ability to undo iMessages, won’t even work with your iOS 15 friends. So if you stick with it, you won’t miss too many new things.
The most interesting new feature arriving in the fall is Stage Manager, and that’s not even a thing for iOS. So unless you really want a nicer lock screen, there’s really no reason to rush to update.
You don’t have to wait long
Apple plans to release iOS 16 in September, which is eight weeks away. It’ll be here before you know it. Plus, it’s nice to have something to look forward to if you don’t plan on buying a new iPhone in the fall.