Apple has made beta versions of iOS 9 and Mac OS X El Capitan available to download, allowing people to try out the new operating systems before the final release later this year.
“Help make the next releases of iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan our best yet,” Apple said on the page offering the software for download.
“As a member of the Apple Beta Software Programme, you can take part in shaping Apple software by test-driving pre-release versions and letting us know what you think.”
To download the versions of the software you need to register with your Apple ID and then install the update on your device.
The beta versions are likely to contain some bugs, but those testing the software are able to provide feedback ahead of the full release.
Apple provides a built-in Feedback Assistant that appears in the Dock on the Mac homescreen or on the second page of the Home screen on iPhones and iPads.
iOS 9 contains numerous new features and functionality improvements, such as improved battery life, better mapping software, an improved Siri service and multi-tasking for iPads.
There’s also a new app switcher carousel, improved photo scrolling and a Proactive Assistant that suggests apps and services based on time, location and history.
The Mac OS X El Capitan update is not so sweeping, containing refinements rather than radical changes.
These include being able to find the cursor more easily by shaking the track pad or mouse to increase its size briefly, and being able to locate and stop music playing on web tabs.
Other changes include improvements to the Spotlight search function to provide more data on areas of interest, such as stock prices, sport scores and weather data. App multi-tasking has also been improved with a new ‘split view’ function.
The release of the betas comes a week after Apple issued the iOS 8.4 update for iPhones and iPads which contained its Apple Music service, offering a free three-month trial to all who use the service.
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