Apple rumored to start releasing iOS public betas

Smartphone companies have been giving users unprecedented levels of access to in-development software, going back months and months now. Google released its Android L preview back in June of last year, long before the Lollipop name was even confirmed, and earlier this month we saw Microsoft draw back the curtain on the Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones. Now Apple could be looking to get a piece of that action for itself, as reports claim that the company is just about to introduce iOS public betas.

Apple already has experience with public betas on the desktop side, inviting users to help test OS X Yosemite last year, and now sources suggest that it’s planning to do the same thing for its mobile platform. The first iOS public beta could be a new release of iOS 8.3 sometime next month, with the program continuing with early access to iOS 9 this summer.

While so far unconfirmed, we’ve already heard a few things that make this idea sound like a very real possibility. Beyond Apple’s OS X beta stuff last year, we heard that Apple had recently expanded its beta program beyond devs to include retail Apple Store staff, hoping that more eyes on the new software would render the company better able to stomp-out bugs before the formal release.

Source: 9to5 Mac

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