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    Early access to iOS software

    If you can't wait to get your hands on all of Apple's next-generation iOS features, you can sign up to become a beta tester.

    The Apple Beta Software Program lets you try out pre-release software and give feedback, which Apple can use to improve the software's quality, find issues and fix them. As a member, you can enroll your Mac or iOS device and every time a public beta is released, as well as subsequent updates, you'll be able to access them from the Mac App Store or via iOS Software Update.

    The Apple Beta Software Program is open to anyone with a valid Apple ID who accepts the Apple Beta Software Program Agreement during the sign-up process. If you've ever downloaded an app or music track, you'll have an Apple ID. If you don't have an Apple ID, you can create one via the App Store. The program is free to join.

     

    To get started on the Program, set up an Apple ID if you don't already have one, and go to beta.apple.com.

    Click Sign up and enter your Apple ID and password. Sign in.

    Once you've signed in, both the MacOS and iOS public betas come with a built-in Feedback Assistant app. This is found on the second page of the Home screen on an iOS device or from the Dock on a Mac.

    The Feedback Assistant app is also available from the help menu of any app by choosing 'Send Feedback’. If you find an issue or something doesn't work you can send your feedback directly to Apple with Feedback Assistant.

     

    Membership does come with a couple of caveats, however. The public beta software may "contain errors or inaccuracies and may not function as well as commercially released software," explains Apple. Apple also added that the public beta software contains confidential information.

     

    "Don’t install the public beta software on any systems you don't directly control or that you share with others. Don’t blog, post screen shots, tweet, or publicly post information about the public beta software, and don't discuss the public beta software with or demonstrate it to others who are not in the Apple Beta Software Program," Apple stresses.

    If you want to restore to a previous version of macOS or iOS you restore your device from the backup you created before installing the public beta. You can also leave the program at any time via Apple's Unenroll page. This will take you through the steps needed to disconnect your Apple ID.

     

    Credits:

    Wired & Apple

    Edited by Empire


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    jrd95

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    Oh seriously? I never knew that you could actually sign up to be a beta tester. I'll do that now. :)

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