iPhone faithful–rejoice! The latest upgrade is finally here. On Thursday, Apple released the beta version of iOS 10 to the public, and here’s how you can download it:

  1. Start by going to the Apple Beta Software Program website. Click the hyperlink, or copy and paste https://beta.apple.com/sp/betaprogram/ into the address bar at the top of your browser window.
  2. Click the blue “Sign up” button towards the middle of the screen.
  3. Sign in with your AppleID and password.
  4. Read the terms and conditions and click the blue “Accept” button.
  5. Click “iOS” at the top of the Guide for Public Betas page.
  6. Click on the hyperlinked “enroll your iOS device” text.
  7. Perform a backup of your iOS device, preferably to iTunes.
  8. Go to beta.apple.com/profile from the browser on your iOS device and follow the instructions to allow the configuration profile to be installed.
  9. Once the profile is installed, from your iOS device tap on the “Settings” icon, then tap “General,” and finally tap “Software Update” to download the available iOS 10 beta.

Congratulations! Now you should be able to use iOS 10. So, why would you want to use it in the first place? Let’s take a look at the updates Apple is supposedly releasing in this version.

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At the 2016 WWDC event, Apple announced that iOS 10 would have quite a few key upgrades. Starting with the lock screen, new 3D Touch capabilities will let users respond to more types of notifications. Siri is getting beefed up to help out more with tasks like creating events in the calendar, and Contacts will have some new features as well.

Photos will employ AI integration for image searching, and HomeKit is getting a new aggregator app, Home, that makes it easier to keep track of your connected devices. Perhaps the biggest update, though, will be in Messages.

Messages is the most used app on iOS, and it is getting rich link-support and will now be able to play videos in-line in a message transcript. Users will also be able to write out handwritten responses, as well as use new emojis, stickers, and message effects.

However, there may be some reasons you want to avoid the beta release of iOS 10. Beta releases typically aren’t as stable as production releases, and therefore you may encounter a few bugs or even major problems. Some of your apps may be rendered useless and, if you’re using an older device, you may not be able to use the iOS 10 beta at all. iOS 10 is supposed to work on iPhone 5 and newer, iPad mini 2 and iPad Air tablets and newer.

So, remember to do your research, check all the details out, and back up your phone before committing to a beta release.

The 3 big takeaways for TechRepublic readers

  1. Apple’s iOS 10 beta is now available to the public, bringing a host of productivity upgrades and app enhancements.
  2. Apple recommends always backing up your phone before doing an update, and this is especially true if you are downloading a beta release.
  3. Beta versions of software can prove problematic, so proceed with caution if you decided to download the iOS 10 beta.