Based on the latest rumor, Apple has plans to release public beta versions for the upcoming iOS 9 and iOS 8.3. The selected people who were briefed through the plans have revealed the news which indicates that it is accurate.
If it is real then this decision would be a huge shift in the mobile software development of Apple. Until now, those developers who were registered only were able to access the iOS beta releases of the firm. To become an iOS developer, they have to pay an annual fee of $99 and we have not witnessed any iOS beta builds so far. There have been lots of occasions that has people involving in the sales of beta downloads through developer accounts. However the success is very limited.
However we feel that this sudden decision of Apple is the result of the bad reviews it received for its iOS 8 such as stability issues and bugs. It looks like the iPhone maker has thought that involving lot of people in the tests of the future version of Beta would make it sensible.
About 100000 people would take part in the testing program of beta for maintaining an exclusive level. You might even remember that Apple had used many testers scheme earlier during the release of Mac OS X’s public beta that had 1 million people taking part in it.
The Mac betas would be introduced much later and we can expect the iOS 8.3 public beta by the mid of March month. So the developers would have the third beta by March. Also, iOS 9 would have an official introduction by June at the Worldwide Developer Conference by Apple. Hence the release of public beta would be by the end of summer and the final launch is during this year’s fall season. As we already know Apple would concentrate more on the bug fixing and stability issues in iOS 9.
The iOS 8.3 would be loaded with an array of features such as wireless CarPlay, Siri with enhanced voice support, Emoji keyboard and Google services that have simple procedure to login. The people who are actually the beta testers during its release would be using a very special app in order to report the bug issues, if any to its maker.