The beta, which comes a day after Apple seeded iOS 9 beta 3 to developers, offers adventurous users a chance to check out iOS 9 on their iPhones, iPod touches or iPads before it is officially released this fall.
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To access the consumer beta, sign up with their Apple ID at beta.apple.com.
If you’re planning to do so, remember— as with the previous OS X public betas — that you’re installing beta software on your device. At this point, the software is stable enough to test, but Apple still recommends users install it on a secondary iOS device.
It’s also recommended that you backup your iOS device to either iTunes or iCloud before installing it. This way, you can be sure you have backed-up copies of your app data, photos and other media files — just in case something goes wrong.
Apple will be issuing updates periodically to iOS 9 over the next few months. Users who sign up for the consumer beta will be able to upgrade to the final version of iOS 9 when it ships later this fall.
iOS 9 brings a new News app on iPad, advanced battery savings feature for power management, a new multi-tasking design and enhanced Siri features.
Stay tuned for our hands-on with the iOS 9 public beta, including looks at the new News app, later today.