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iOS 8.3 and iOS 9 “Monarch” public beta tests coming this year

Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus-5

Apple is moving in a direction to allow the public to test its software before the final launch. It did so with OS X Yosemite when it provided a public beta test for that operating system ahead of launch, and now it’s apparently going to do so with brand new versions of iOS set to hit iPhones and iPads later this year, according to 9to5Mac.

Apple will apparently kick off its efforts with a public beta of iOS 8.3 in March. The company has so far only released beta versions of its mobile software to developers who are registered to test the software ahead of time, usually to provide feedback and to prepare applications. This new method will allow the public to test and provide feedback on new features ahead of time, too.

Apple will then follow the iOS 8.3 public beta with a release of iOS 8.4, the news outlet said, followed by an all-new version of its operating system, iOS 9. That version, code named “Monarch,” is due this summer following an introduction during WWDC, 9to5Mac explained, noting that it will focus on performance rather than new features.

The public betas won’t be open to everyone. Instead, Apple apparently has plans to limit the number of public beta testers to 100,000 people for each iteration of the software, which allows it to “maintain a higher level of exclusivity.” In other words, Apple’s most dedicated fans will likely be the ones testing the software.

Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...