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.