Apple Starts Sending Emails To Select Users To Test iOS 8.3
Apple has started sending emails to select users inviting them to test out iOS 8.3 — the company’s software for iPhone and iPad. The Cupertino company begun iOS Beta Program on March 12, in which the company will invite users to try the unfinished version of the software and give feedback to the company, helping them in testing and eliminating bugs. Apple OS X Beta program members would be invited to test the software before it is released to the wider public.
iOS 8.3 was released initially for developers in February. Now the invited members of iOS Beta program will be able to download and use iOS 8.3, which is currently being tested by developers.
The enhancements introduced in iOS 8.3 and are known so far include an upgraded emoji keyboard, a new voice for Siri, and easier logins for Google services.
Apple is following the same strategy for testing of latest version of iOS that it used for its Mac software with its OS X Beta Program. The program is now renamed to Apple Beta Software Program reflecting the decision of including iOS to the testing program. Apple has made specific references to iOS on its website too.
The original testing program for OS X was limited to one million members and it is expected that same constraints would be applied to iOS testing program. But considering the number of iPhone and iPad users, it would be better if Apple increases the members limit. Doing so, the company would be able to get feedback from a wider audience, allowing them to remove bugs beforehand.
The company released iOS 8 last year which had many annoying bugs. The annoyed users forced Apple to release the iOS 8.0.1 few days after the launch of iOS 8. But the new iteration had connectivity issues, and Apple had disabled the Health Kit as well.
Apple released iOS 8.2 earlier this week. The new version carries support for the company’s first ever wearable Apple Watch.
The tech giant is also expected to release iOS 9 codenamed Monarch at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in early June. This version is reported to solve minor issues including battery drain and increasing performance, rather than introducing new features.
The Beta testing program will allow Apple to get useful feedback from real users instead of relying on testing tool that generate test data on assumptions. The company has already faced enough frustration with its iOS 8 release, and this program will help it avoid all that fuss this time.