Apple has today issued the first preview releases of iOS 10 and macOS Sierra for members of its public beta testing program.
The Public Beta Program allows end-users the chance to test pre-release software and provide meaningful feedback directly to Apple. If you have a secondary device—or are an experienced user willing to put up with the quirks of beta software—and have an interest in helping make the next releases of iOS and macOS the best possible for VoiceOver users, one of the best things you can do is beta-test and report your findings directly to Apple. All accessibility-related feedback submitted through Feedback Assistant will be routed to the right people, and your reports are being read, taken seriously, and followed-up.
If you aren’t already registered with Apple's Beta Software Program and wish to learn more, visit the program’s website for more details and to register.
More information on the new features you will find in iOS 10 and macOS Sierra is available here:
- Summary of WWDC 2016: Year of the Software
- Apple Previews New Accessibility Features Set to Come Later this Year in iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS
We would strongly encourage you to consider long and hard before installing either of these releases. At this end of the beta cycle, this software is likely to contain many bugs. At best, this may result in some quirky behavior. At worst, it could make your device unusable and require a roll-back to a stable release. You also need to consider that some of the third-party software that you use or rely on may not work. Such is the nature of beta testing. Ideally, only install iOS 10 on a secondary device that you do not rely on and macOS Sierra on a dedicated partition.
We would also like to take this opportunity to remind you that we have recently changed our policy regarding what information about Apple’s pre-release software can be posted to AppleVis. You are now free to discuss any new features or changes that you find or learn about in this software. However, we do ask that you refrain from sharing or seeking information about bugs in the software and do not use this site to seek technical support with installing or using the software.