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Apple shared the developer beta versions of the Release Candidate for iOS 16.2, iPadOS 16.2, tvOS 16.2, and watchOS 9.2, with developers getting to test the latest version of the incoming update on their devices.
Developers participating in the beta testing program can download the latest builds through Apple’s Developer Center, or as an over-the-air update for any hardware already running the beta builds. Public beta versions of releases typically arrive shortly after their developer counterparts, available through Apple’s Beta Software Program website.
The beta versions of RC iOS 16.2 and iPadOS 16.2 have build number 20C65, which replaces the fourth build, 20C5058d. The RC beta version of watchOS 9.2 has build number 20S361, taking over from the previous version, build 20S5357b. The beta version of tvOS 16.2 and HomePod Software 16.2 RC is build 20K362, instead of the fourth build, number 20K5357b.
Apple has also released beta versions of iOS 15.7.2 and iPadOS 15.7.2 for testing on older devices.
The main draw of the iOS 16.2 and iPadOS 16.2 betas has, so far, been the inclusion of Freeform. It is a cross-platform productivity app that allows group brainstorming, using a single large space that can incorporate other files and multiple users editing them at the same time.
appleinsider, and Apple itself, strongly insist that users do not install beta versions on primary or “mission critical” devices, due to the lower possibility of data loss or other problems. Instead, testers should install beta versions on secondary or non-essential devices and ensure that there are sufficient backup copies of important data before upgrading.