iOS 9.2 Beta rolls out to public; AT&T's NumberSync, other features to be tested


Users of iOS devices who want to try out the iOS 9.2 Beta 2 version may now sign up to be testers through the Apple Public Beta program. Through the beta test, apps can be developed and various services can be tried ahead of the official release.

According to the Apple Support, the pre-release software “refers to a new version of software that is not public and is still under development.” For developers, the beta test is helpful in terms of “integrating the latest Apple technologies” into their apps so that they will be compatible to the software once it is released to the public.

On the other hand, for non-developers, participating in the Apple Public Beta program means being able to try out services that have not been released yet. As reported by Neuro Gadget, one of the features that can be unlocked by upgrading to iOS 9.2 beta is AT&T’s NumberSync service. This app will let users send text messages and make phone calls over WiFi even from an iPad or Mac.

In the same report by Neuro Gadget, they wrote that the AT&T service is the same as Apple Continuity. However, through NumberSync, the iPad or Mac being used does not have to be in the same wireless network as the iPhone because the calls and texts are made through the AT&T account of the user.

For those who are interested to become beta testers, sign up can be done on the official website of Apple Beta Software Program. Apple explains on their website, “Each public beta comes with a built-in Feedback Assistant app that appears in your Dock on your Mac and on the second page of your Home screen on your iOS device. When you come across an issue that needs addressing, send your report directly to Apple with Feedback Assistant.”