Apple iOS betas open to the public with today’s latest iOS 8.3 release
This past Monday, Apple brought us iOS 8.2, all ready to start getting our phones prepared for the arrival of the Apple Watch. And while that was great to see arrive, we’ve been even more excited to see that’s next for iOS updates, after hearing that Apple could be about to open iOS beta testing to the smartphone-using public. Supposedly, we’d see this program go into effect with a forthcoming iOS 8.3 release in March, and today that’s just what we get, as signups begin for the iOS 8.3 public beta.
Apple used to have a signup page for its OS X public betas, but today we see it drop the old “OS X Beta Program” name in favor of the “Apple Beta Software Program.” Users who register will start seeing links inviting them to access iOS betas – reportedly not everyone who registers is getting access immediately, but as Apple warms its servers up, you should finally see those links appear.
Once registered, you’ll be prompted to backup your iOS device (always a good idea when playing with unfinished software), access some configuration data from Apple’s Apple Seed site (which helps distribute pre-release software to testers), and before you know it you’ll be updating your iPhone to iOS 8.3.
Understandably, this program isn’t going to be for everyone, but it sounds like just the ticket for hardcore smartphone fans looking to live out on the bleeding edge. If you’ve registered yourself and already installed the beta, let us know in the comments about your experience.
Update: It’s not clear just how public this is at the moment. Anyone can register for the beta program, but Apple may be a bit more selective with who’s invited to participate than initially thought. In any case, if you’re interested, register and try your luck.