1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar


    While Apple has only ever released public betas of Mac OS X to the public for testing after developers have gotten their chance to test the software first in the developer beta previews, iOS on the other hand has always been locked down to developers only for testing until the mobile operating system is released each year in the Fall to the public to use.

    A new report sheds light on the fact that Apple is planning to change the way they handle mobile beta software, and they plan on doing so by following the Mac OS X model, only with the iOS operating system.

    9to5Mac notes that Apple is planning a public beta program for iOS 8 starting with iOS 8.3 in the middle of March that would allow the general public to join in on the bug-finding fun so that the general public will have a more stable official release at the time that iOS 8.3 is reaches its final form.

    Since iOS 8.2 has already seen its beta stages evolve into what we're expecting to be a public release very soon with the Apple Watch, iOS 8.2 likely will not be a part of the beta program. iOS 8.3 and iOS 8.4, on the other hand, may be a part of this new system. iOS 8.3, as the report notes, is mostly an update for fixing bugs and stabilizing the features of the operating system, while iOS 8.4 will include Apple's new music-streaming service based off of Beats Music.

    The public seems to be the main source of bug and security issue-finding after Apple's public releases of iOS operating systems, so the news that Apple will be letting the public help in beta testing is a welcome gesture. It's also nice for those that want to have sneak-previews of the operating system before it's officially released.

    Sources: 9to5Mac
    2015-02-20 04:45 PM
  2. exNavy's Avatar
    Weird mid year betas.
    Hmm...
    2015-02-21 02:01 AM
  3. TimInMass's Avatar
    LOL! Apple using its consumer to do the work Apple should be doing, awful programming and getting their paying customers to debug it for them, what a plan. Nice one Mr. Cook
    2015-02-21 07:39 AM
  4. docmagoo2's Avatar
    More time for the devs to find exploits....
    More time for apple to patch them....
    2015-02-21 03:45 PM
  5. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
    LOL! Apple using its consumer to do the work Apple should be doing, awful programming and getting their paying customers to debug it for them, what a plan. Nice one Mr. Cook
    In a way it makes sense.

    We keep asking for more and more and Apple only has so big of a programming workforce.

    At times, I believe we ask very inhuman things of their workers. It is difficult to program new features and debug them all at the same time. And this extra buffer gives Apple more room to improve by letting users be a part of the action early (many really want to anyways) so it's a win/win.
    2015-02-25 08:26 AM
  6. SpiderManAPV's Avatar
    In a way it makes sense.

    We keep asking for more and more and Apple only has so big of a programming workforce.

    At times, I believe we ask very inhuman things of their workers. It is difficult to program new features and debug them all at the same time. And this extra buffer gives Apple more room to improve by letting users be a part of the action early (many really want to anyways) so it's a win/win.
    I was thinking the same. Early iOS 8 releases were so bug ridden that many were asking whether Apple had even tested it. If they can get both a larger testing pool and appease people who want try try it early, why wouldn't they?

    ......beware......
    Just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man!
    2015-02-25 09:10 AM
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