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If you haven’t heard, there are several new betas available for your Apple devices. Apple provides beta of iOS, iPadOS and macOS, as well as tvOS and watchOS. You don’t have to be a developer to try them out. You probably have questions like: why would you want to install it, how to get them on your devices, and most importantly, should you download them. We’ll tell you everything you need to know before you decide whether to install the new beta on your iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, or Apple TV.
What betas are available?
Currently, Apple offers two versions of each operating system, the latest version of the current operating system and a preview of the next one.
You can only have one only one profile installed on your device at a time, so you will need to decide which version you want to install. The final version or the beta? For example with the iPhone, once iOS 15 is released, there will only be beta of iOS 15 until the launch of the beta of iOS 16 at WWDC 2022.
Is there a risk in installing a beta version on your iPhone or other iDevice?
Whenever you download beta software, be it an app or an operating system, there is an inherent risk. After all, it’s a beta for a reason: it’s not over yet. Apple offers beta versions of software for the explicit purpose of finding and reporting bugs, so you are essentially volunteering to work for Apple for free.
But the risk is relatively low. By the time the betas hit the public, they’re generally pretty stable. However, if you rely on your iPhone for work or other important business, you might not want to install it on your primary device. Some apps might not work until updated, some important features (like phone calls or networks) might crash periodically, and most importantly, battery life might suffer.
Are the Beta Features Worth It?
Most of the beta released by Apple are relatively minor, with bug fixes, performance improvements, and small tweaks and features. But at least once in every update cycle, Apple releases a feature-packed update that brings in several improvements that we didn’t get in the fall. For example, the iOS 14.5 update, which landed in April, delivered Unlocked your iPhone with your Apple Watch, transparent app tracking and new emoji, as well as several important iPad updates.
If you’ve decided to take all of the above caveats, finding betas is easy. Simply go to Apple’s beta software site and log in using the correct device:
ios : iPhone;
iPadOS : iPad;
macOS : Mac;
watchOS : iPhone;
tvOS : Mac, iPhone or iPad.
You will need to log in using the same apple id than the one you are using on the device that will install the beta. After logging in, choose the desired operating system and tap / click the tab Register your devices tab. Then choose the operating system you want and follow the instructions to download the profile or, in the case of macOS, the access utility. From year to year, installing a public beta the process is much the same.
You will need to go through the process of downloading the profile to your device, downloading the beta, and installing it, which will require several restarts and a period of time. So make sure you have a half hour or two because you don’t want to rush.
What happens when a new beta arrives?
When testing new software, Apple typically sends out updates every two weeks. They will arrive on your device just like regular updates, in the menu Software update / Software update in the app Settings or System Preferences on your Mac.
What happens when the final version arrives?
Before Apple releases the final version of an operating system update after a beta testing period, the final version will land on beta devices first. Then you can decide to leave the beta program or join it to get the next beta when it arrives.
If you no longer wish to receive beta updates, you can unsubscribe from the program at any time. Unless you erase and restore your device, the beta version will remain until a new retail version of the current operating system arrives. In the case of watchOS and tvOS, you cannot immediately revert to the current operating system.
IOS / iPadOS operating system
To stop receiving beta updates and revert to the current version of the operating system, you will need to remove the beta profile and wait for the next software update: