The release of iOS 8 was sloppy by any company’s standards, but especially Apple’s. In order to avoid future debacles like that, Apple is apparently looking to launch its first-ever public beta program for iOS following the success of the OS X Public Beta program last year. The public beta will start with iOS 8.3 next month with an iOS 9 public beta rolling out sometime in the summer.
In an effort to eliminate bugs from upcoming iOS versions ahead of their general releases, Apple plans to launch the first-ever public beta program for the iOS operating system, according to multiple people briefed on the plans. Following the successful launch of the OS X Public Beta program with OS X Yosemite last year, Apple intends to release the upcoming iOS 8.3 as a public beta via the company’s existing AppleSeed program in mid-March, according to the sources. This release will match the third iOS 8.3 beta for developers, which is planned for release the same week. Apple then expects to debut iOS 9 at its June Worldwide Developer Conference, with a public beta release during the summer, and final release in the fall.