In what has become normal practice after the WWDC keynote, I’ve installed the latest iOS beta on my devices. This year is a little different than the few previous as I’ve installed it on both my iPad and my iPhone. This the first time I’ve run a developer beta on my phone since the iOS 6 betas a few years ago–typically I only install it on my iPad. I’m not sure what made this year different, but oh well :)

Some quick thoughts:

  • I love the new 3-pane interface for Mail and Notes on the iPad Pro (9to5Mac has more info and screenshots)

  • My favorite feature that I’ve come across so far are the videos you can generate for each person’s photos in the People section of the Photos app. They are awesome.

  • I really like the updates to the Maps app.

  • Spotlight search is super-fast.

  • I like the system UI updates (notifications, etc).

  • The Apple Music changes are great. Also, IT NOW WORKS WITH SPLIT SCREEN!!!

Overall, some apps are a little crashy, but I’m not complaining–that’s to be expected, especially with the first beta build. I definitely feel like the changes so far are a step in the right direction and can’t wait to see how things progress as they stabilize over the course of the additional betas up to release in the fall.