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Apple releases iOS 9.1 beta 3 to developers with a few new wallpapers (Update: public beta, too)

ios 9 1 beta 3

Just one week after the last beta was pushed out to developers, Apple has released a third version of the iOS 9.1 beta to software makers for testing. Like the two previous builds, the new beta comes with a handful of new emoji and, as of the last beta, an option for disabling contact photos in the Messages app.

Update: This build has also been seeded to users on the public beta.

Developers and public beta users can download the software update (with a build number of 13B5130b) over-the-air now. Developers also have the option of getting it from the Apple Developer Center. We’ll keep this post updated with any new changes.

Apple also released iOS 9.0.2 to the public today with additional bug fixes, and the new Mac OS update, El Capitan, was pushed out with many new features.

New Wallpapers

New versions of the three planet wallpapers from iOS 9 have been included in this beta. One other built-in wallpaper has also gotten a makeover.

New Shift and Delete Keys

Apple has made some design changes to the shift and delete keys in this beta. You can see a comparison of the current beta and previous versions of iOS in the tweet below.

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  1. Rafał Hart (@rafalhart) - 7 years ago

    any new languages in Siri settings?

  2. 89p13 - 7 years ago

    FYI – the build number is 13B5130b

  3. Dillon Baio - 7 years ago

    You don’t have to push down as hard as you did before on the left edge of the screen to enter multitasking. Before it took a surprising amount of force which made it uncomfortable to activate and made me use the home button more often.

    • o0smoothies0o - 7 years ago

      That’s excellent, I sent Tim Cook and the iPhone team feedback concerning that, and other issues. For example the Music app quick actions are just sad. It should have ‘Quick Play’, ‘Shuffle All’, ‘Play Recently Added’ or ‘Play Top Charts’ (if you’re an Apple Music subscriber.

      3D Touch for the multitasking switcher needs to ignore pressure out onto the screen, if there is pressure on the edge, because it is difficult to only press on the very edge, your finger tends to press further out on the screen, and when it does, it ignores the edge press. It also needs to ignore slight swiping just before a press, because that also cancels out the press. Another major thing that it needs to be able to do is ignore peek of you press hard enough for the pop. Currently, if you press very hard, it still has to go through the peek to get to the pop, despite your significant pressure, and it takes time to do that, which slows down operation. For example, if you press on the edge for multitasking using good pressure, it should skip the peek to swipe to previous app, and go directly to the pop to multitasking menu.

      I also believe the Taptic Engine needs ‘Promeninent Haptic’. It is too weak when in your pocket to feel it reliably. I believe the Taptic Engine should use the proximity sensor to know whether the user has it in their pocket, or are using it currently in their hands. If it is in the pocket it would know and use ‘Prominent Haptic’, and on the other hand, if the user is currently holding it in their hands, then it would use the normal, subtle Taptic feedback. Alternatively, they could simply use subtle Taptic if the screen is currently on (not counting notification waking it) then it would use subtle Taptic, and if it’s off, then it would use ‘Prominent Haptic’

  4. These updates are coming fast & furious.

  5. Shantanu - 7 years ago

    any word on Zoomed Wallet App?

  6. drgreenberg - 7 years ago

    I think this was released so quickly in order to include the same lock screen security patch that prompted the rapid 9.0.2 release.

  7. usmansaghir - 7 years ago

    I have just updated to public beta 3. Finding it to be alot smoother then public beta 2. My battery life was soo much better on the beta 2 then beta 1. I hope it does not effect the battery life. Feels like a new iPhone 6 😃

  8. sardonick - 7 years ago

    Nice wallpapers. Half baked handwriting in notes though. Lousy recognition and no palm rejection. Blah.

  9. mxchan3 - 7 years ago

    New in iOS 9: able to customize top level of AssistiveTouch
    I don’t know if this was available already since first beta but I know you can’t do this iOS 8

    • mxchan3 - 7 years ago

      There’s also more selection in Settings > General > Accessibility
      More options e.g. Turn off shake to undo

  10. RP - 7 years ago

    So far so good. 9.1 beta 3 is running nicely on my 5s

  11. Cliff C (@CliffRC82) - 7 years ago

    Yay new wallpapers! Always my favorite part of updates haha. But seriously.

  12. lozanet2005 - 7 years ago

    AFAIK iOS 9.1 beta 2 didn’t have landscape multitask windows, beta 3 does, that’s cool!

  13. heycherieamour - 7 years ago

    Anyone running iOS 9.1 beta 3 on an 6S and still having the issue with the camera app shutting off music/audio when opened? With Live Photo disabled. The camera app is turning music off when opened, it is not distinguishing photo from video.

    • Turn off Live Photos (this takes a video and wraps it around the taken picture, hence why your music stops). It looks like this is not a bug but intended behaviour.

      • heycherieamour - 7 years ago

        Hello! This would be an intended behavior, as Live Photo should be treated like the video function. But, alas, having Live Photo disabled does not indicate to the operating system that a general “still” photo is being taken. So the OS treats any activation of the camera app as a video or Live Photo.

        Your suggestion would be the proper behavior, which is why is it currently seen as a bug in the functionality. Several customers are actively trying to bring Apple’s attention to this issue.

  14. Griffin Alex Sholds - 7 years ago

    would any of you recommend updating to the iOS 9.1 public beta ?

    • heycherieamour - 7 years ago

      Hello! Unless you are interested in giving feedback, I wouldn’t recommend it. All that has been updated really, is new wallpaper features and changes to icons and keyboard graphics.