Following the announcement at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference earlier this week that its Notes app would be refurbished, Apple has officially released the Notes beta on iCloud.com, according to 9to5Mac. Exclusively intended for testers of iOS 9 and OSX 10.11 El Capitan, the Notes beta supports all of the functions shown off during its reveal, which shared a spotlight with iPad multitasking and the reveal of Apple’s new music streaming service.
Only users running the iOS 9 or El Capitan beta will see the new Notes app, as denoted by the “Beta” label across the upper left corner. Everyone else will still be confronted with the same IMAP-version of the app that’s been there all along. Historically, rather than directing its beta software towards iOS and Mac OS testers, Apple has made its web apps available only on beta.iCloud.com. This new attempt at targeting users running its software on native hardware could prove beneficial for Apple when considering feedback from testers.
As confirmed at WWDC, the new Notes app will allow users to supplement written notes with personalized sketches, imported images, and links by virtue of a sharing extension. Opting to add an image will automatically default to the main list view, displaying libraries of thumbnails and allowing users to quickly find the picture they’re looking for. Additionally, playing catch-up with more replete apps like Evernote, Apple Notes will finally support checklists and simple formatting features, such as including a header.
While the final version of iOS 9, complete with refinements like the updated Notes app, won’t launch until September of this year, the beta is available right now for developers. Better yet, beginning in July, anyone with a compatible iOS device will have the opportunity to preview iOS 9, without any complicated workarounds.