iOS 9.2 Beta 2 Released To Public Beta Testers With AT&T NumberSync Support
After releasing iOS 9.2 beta 2 to developers yesterday, Apple today has made iOS 9.2 beta 2 available to download for those enrolled in Apple Public Beta program. In addition to iOS 9.2 beta 2 for developers, Apple also yesterday issued second beta version of OS X 10.11.2, first beta of tvOS 9.1 and a beta version of Xcode, its integrated development environment used to develop software for iOS, OS X, tvOS, and watchOS.
Those who are registered on the iOS beta testing program will now be able to explore and take advantage of the AT&T’s NumberSync service. According to the user interface that shows within the iOS 9.2 beta, NumberSync providers users “with the freedom and convenience of using your wireless number on multiple, compatible devices”. Simply put, the service lets you make and receive phone calls using your own number from a device such as an iPad or Mac computer without being connected directly to the phone.
AT&T’s NumberSync feature is very similar to the Continuity functionality that Apple currently offers. Mac, iPad, and iPod touch owners are currently able to make and receive telephone calls via Apple’s Continuity feature as long as said device is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as the iPhone that holds the number. The NumberSync offering essentially serves up the same level of functionality, but doesn’t require the device in question to be connected to the same wireless network as the iPhone. Basically, WiFi calling via your AT&T account.
This latest iOS 9.2 beta 2 offering from Apple is available right now to all of those public beta testers who are currently running a pre-release version of iOS. As always, the update is being served up as an over-the-air (OTA) download, which is accessible directly from the Software Update mechanism within the native Settings app (Settings >> General >> Software Update).
If you aren’t registered for the public beta, and are an AT&T customer, or even if you aren’t for that matter, and want to get onboard and put AT&T’s new NumberSync feature through its paces, you can access the relevant profiles required to access the beta from Apple’s Public Beta Program portal, instructions for which you can find here.