Soon non-developers will be able to try beta versions of iOS

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If you want to check out what Apple’s cooking up in the next update of iOS, you currently have to sign up for its $99 per year developer program or give your device UDID to a sketchy service in order to install public beta builds on your iPhone or iPad. That’s changing soon: According to the reliable Mark Gurman at 9to5Mac, Apple is planning to extend its Appleseed public beta program to iOS starting with version iOS 8.3 next month.

iOS 8.3 is already public and in the hands of developers. [company]Apple[/company] is probably not going to launch a public beta of iOS 9 or other major releases before they’re announced. Gurman points out that iOS 8.4 will probably include Apple’s new streaming music service, so beta testers may get first access to the next episode of Beats Music.

Apple started offering public beta versions of its desktop OS last year, allowing Mac users to check out OS X Yosemite before it was officially launched. Not only does this keep hardcore [company]Apple[/company] fans happy, but it can also help squash bugs, which according to anecdotal evidence, seem to be increasing in recent years due to Apple’s aggressive release schedule. Last fall, Apple pushed an embarrassing incremental iOS update that killed cellular service for many iPhone users, for instance. The OS X beta program was limited to the first million users to sign up, so it’s possible the iOS beta program will have a cap too.

Here’s the Appleseed landing page and here’s the OS X beta signup page. Keep an eye on them if you want to be one of the first non-Apple employees to check out iOS 8.3.

 

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