In a surprise move, Apple made available for download iOS 10 beta 7 and public beta 6 today to developers and testers for compatible iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices.

This latest blindside update to the progression of iOS 10 comes just five days after the Cupertino-based company released developer beta 6 and public beta 5, meaning that things are really starting to heat up as the company looks to hit a release date during next month to coincide with the dedicated launch event for the iPhone 7.

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This update may have come relatively quickly after the last pre-release seeds, which only dropped on Monday gone, but as you might expect, it doesn’t immediately look to contain anything that the user can instantly interact with and try out that hasn’t been in previous beta releases. As Apple hurtles towards next month’s iPhone 7 reveal, iOS 10 needs to progress at a similar pace in order to be ready for release. To that end, the latest seeds contains bug fixes and necessary improvements to stabilize the platform before the final release next month.

iOS 10 as a whole is, of course, an entirely different prospect to this latest beta when it comes to feature improvements and platform additions. Apple has focused its attention on integrating a heap of new features in places that really matter, such as an overhaul of the Messages experience and a new Maps application that has been rethought and improved throughout. From an aesthetic perspective, there’s also a redesigned News and Apple Music app experience baked directly into iOS 10.

This latest beta is obviously extremely new and just making its way onto test devices around the world as we speak, so after investigation, if anything new or exciting is found, we will of course update and bring you all of the intricate information on it as soon as possible.

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As always, the latest pre-release builds are available to download using over-the-air (OTA) update mechanism. For those who already have a beta seed of iOS 10 installed on a compatible iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, they are able to head into Settings > General > Software Update to force the update to the device. Anyone with the correct privileges who wants to try out iOS 10 for the first time can grab the download either from developer.apple.com or beta.apple.com.

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