Apple today released the third beta of iOS 9, which has turned out to be the biggest update to the operating system so far. It adds a revamped Music app with access to Apple Music, the News app that was first unveiled at WWDC, a new two-factor authentication system, and several other smaller tweaks, along with the traditional performance improvements and bug fixes.
With today’s changes, the beta is feeling faster, more polished, and more full featured. For beta testers and those eager to know what’s coming in the OS ahead of its official release, we’ve rounded up a complete list of all of the new changes introduced in iOS 9 beta 3 below.
News app – Today’s beta is the first iOS 9 beta to include Apple’s new News app, first announced at WWDC. The news app offers up a curated list of news stories based on each user’s preferences and interests. The News app appears to be available only to U.S. users for the time being.
Two-Factor Authentication – iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 El Capitan include an entirely revamped two-factor authentication system that Apple says is more streamlined.
App folders on iPad – App folders on the iPad now display apps in a 4×4 arrangement instead of a 3×3 arrangement, allowing users to see more apps in a folder at a glance.
Photo app folders – There are new folders for selfies and screenshots in the Photos app, where face shots and screenshots are aggregated.
Music app – The Music app in iOS 9 has been updated, giving beta testers access to Apple Music, Beats 1 radio, and Apple Connect.
Music settings – There’s a new option in the Settings app under „Music“ to stream music at the highest quality while using a cellular connection.
Additional feature updates in iOS 9 beta 3 will be added here as they are discovered. Apple should continue to release regular updates to iOS 9 at two to three week intervals throughout the beta testing period to bring minor performance boosts and changes ahead of the operating system’s official launch. iOS 9 is expected to be released to the public in the fall, but a public beta test will come first and is expected in the near future.
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iOS 9 Beta 3 Tidbits: 4×4 Folders on iPad, Screenshot and Selfie Folder, News App, and More