Apple Will Start an iOS Preview Program to Handle Bugs Before Release
No new software release is without bugs and companies try their best to fix everything before release or fix issues with post-release updates. Many companies have started a preview program for select users but Apple wasn’t too involved in the matter.
However, according to a report, the company is starting a new preview program before the release of iOS 8.3. The new version of Apple OS will head into invite-only public beta next month. After the beta, this preview program will be expanded to iOS 9.
iOS 8.3 beta 2 is already available to developers, so they can test it and report bugs to Apple. The version is adding a deeper variety of emojis and flags. In the release notes, Apple mentioned “the dialog that appears when connecting an iPhone to a CarPlay-compatible car is not functional.” Additionally, iOS 8.3 beta 2 does not support Verizon’s Voice-over-LTE.
The first beta which kicked-off earlier this month, had more features compared to the second one. It included, Apple Pay support for China, Google Log-in improvements, wireless CarPlay support, updates for Siri’s Voice, emoji picker and more.
As for iOS 8.2, the final build will hit the market next month, while iOS 8.3 is yet to receive a release date. If 8.3 went into public beta, it will surely help Apple test out the OS better before rolling it out to the public.
According to Ezra Gottheil, Technology Business Research analyst:
“With a public preview, you get much broader and thorough testing. Problems with early versions of iOS show that Apple needs this, that they can’t rely on internal and private testing before general availability.”
The public beta isn’t a sure thing but I will agree with Gottheil, Apple needs this to improve their iOS releases. We have reached Apple for a comment on the matter and will update the article as soon we will hear something back.
Till then, let us know what you think of an invite-only public beta for iOS 8.3 in the comments below.