Good news and bad news for accessing Apple Betas: everything has changed

Apple is revamping and changing the way you access operating system betas. A redesign already available in the first beta of iOS 16.4 with all its news and such represents both good and bad news when it comes to installing development releases on our devices.

good news because simplifies the configuration of our devices to access the beta program and bad because it prevents those people who shouldn’t have access to the betas from installing them. Some changes that are currently only in beta but will surely already be implemented with the arrival of iOS 17.

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There are currently two ways to test Apple’s beta software. On the one hand, you must have a developer account and on the other hand, you must sign up for the public beta program. In both cases, We will receive a configuration profile that we must install on our iPhone – or another device – so it can find beta updates.

Right now, at the peak of iOS 16 development, testing the developer or public betas makes virtually no difference. There may be a few days delay between the release of both versions, but not much more. However, the situation changes after the WWDC every year. At this moment, new operating systems are only available to developers and the public beta will arrive about 4 or 6 weeks later. In this regard, Apple says the following about participating in the beta program:

“Starting with the iOS and iPadOS 16.4 beta, members of the Apple Developer Program will see a new option to enable developer betas directly from Software Update in Settings. This new option will be automatically activated on devices already registered in the program to update the latest beta version. The iPhone or iPad must be signed in with the same Apple ID that you used to sign in to the Apple Developer Program to see this option in Settings.”

“In future versions of iOS and iPadOS, these new settings will be the ability to enable developer betas and settings profiles will no longer grant access.”

This last part makes the biggest difference. Because? Because Previously we could go to shared configuration profiles to install the betas for developers, but now it has to be activated directly from the phone and it will be linked to the Apple ID.

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The truth is that the developer releases of the early betas of an operating system are for that, for developers. The stability, the consumption of the battery and the number of errors are far from advising to install it in devices for everyday use. Apple ensures that with this step these first test versions, go exactly to the audience they are intended for.

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