Apple releases iOS 9 beta 3 to developers [Update: Apple News and other new features discovered]

BY Evan Selleck

Published 8 Jul 2015

iOS 9 logo

As Eddy Cue had promised, Apple has just released iOS 9 beta 3 (build number: 13A4293f) for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch to developers.

Apple unveiled iOS 9 during the WWDC 2015 Keynote on June 8th. It includes a number of new features and improvements such as Proactive Assistant, transit directions in Maps, enhanced multitasking features for iPad and lots more.

The third beta version comes just over two weeks after iOS 9 beta 2 was released. The first iOS 9 beta had revealed a number of hidden features, UI changes and improvements. iOS 9 beta 2 included some minor features and improvements.

According to the release notes, iOS 9 beta 3 includes bug fixes and improvements. Eddy Cue had tweeted last week that iOS 9 beta 3 will offer full support for Apple Music, Apple’s streaming music service, which was launched last week along with iOS 8.4.

iOS 9 beta 3 is currently available only to registered developers of Apple’s Developer Program. Apple will be releasing the public beta this month, you can check our post to find out how to sign up for iOS 9 public beta.

Update: There was quite a bit added into iOS 9’s third beta, as has been discovered by those that have already begun picking through the newest beta software. The first of which is the inclusion of Apple Music into iOS 9, which was publicly released with the launch of iOS 8.4 on June 30. The beta platform also includes Apple News, which Apple officially announced during its keynote at this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference. Here are the new additions:

  • Apple News
  • Apple Music
  • Selfie and Screenshots folders in the Photos app
  • Music Settings — A new option to stream “highest quality” songs while over a cellular connection is now present
  • iPad folders now present app icons in 4×4, instead of 3×3
  • Revamped two-factor authentication with iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan

As more features and tweaks get discovered, we’ll continue to add them here.

iOS 9 is compatible with the following iOS devices:

  • iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPhone 4S
  • iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad 4, iPad mini, iPad 3, iPad 2
  • iPad mini 3, Retina iPad mini (iPad mini 2), iPad mini
  • 5th generation iPod touch

iOS 9 beta 3 is available as an OTA update for users who have already installed iOS 9 beta. iOS 9 beta 3 is also available in Member Center on Apple’s Developer website.

Update 1:

You may also use the direct download links for iOS 9 beta 2 below (Note that you need to be a registered developer to download these files). You can find the model number on your iPhone or iPad’s back cover.

Download links for iOS 9 beta 3 for iPhone:

Download links for iOS 9 beta 3 for iPad:

Download links for iOS 9 beta 3 for iPod touch:

Update 2:

iOS 9 beta 3 includes Apple’s all-new News app, which was announced at WWDC.

Let us know if you’ve found any bugs, new features, or changes in iOS 9 beta 3 in the comments below.