You Don’t Have to Be a Developer to Test iOS Anymore

iOS 8 Public BetaApple began rolling out its first Public Beta of iOS today by making iOS 8.3, Beta 3, part of the AppleSeed Public Beta Program. To join the Public Beta, you must have an Apple ID and an eligible device. The initial invites have been going out to users that have been publicly testing OS X Yosemite. To sign up for access, login to https://appleseed.apple.com/sp/betaprogram/. If you only see the OS X Yosemite beta at this time, it is being reported that invitations will be slowly slowly rolling out.

9to5 Mac reports that the installation is made available over-the-air. Users first are instructed to backup their device using iTunes, then directed to download a configuration profile from the AppleSeed website that makes the beta available in the normal Software Update screen. Instructions are also provided for restoring your device to a previously released non-beta version of iOS.

As always, be careful before installing beta software on your device. It is not recommended that a beta be installed on a mission-critical device, and it is possible that functions of your iPhone or iPad may not work properly with the beta software installed.

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