According to a new report by Mark Gurman of 9to5Mac, Apple is planning on opening up the beta version of iOS 8.3 and iOS 9 to the public in the coming months. The company has been under fire recently for releasing software to the public with numerous glitches and problems in it. iOS 8, for example, was released in September after three months of testing by developers and it still had multiple problems. There have been several smaller updates, like iOS 8.1 and iOS 8.1.1, that have come up to fix some of these. Apple is hoping that by allowing more people to downloaded beta software, these bugs could be fixed by the time the public launch date.
In the Fall, Apple created a program called AppleSeed that allowed a certain number of people to download the unreleased OS X Yosemite update for the Macs. This program let Apple fix a number of bugs before the software was officially released. They are rumored to be adopting this program for iOS users. Gurman reports that iOS 8.3 will be available for this program starting in mid-March and iOS 9 in June.
The report also talks about what we should expect for the upcoming operating system updates. iOS 8.3, which is currently in its first beta among developers, brings support for Wireless CarPlay, updated Emoji keyboard layout, higher-quality and more humanlike voice for Siri, new password settings for downloading free content and other minor enhancements. The second beta is expected next week for developers while the public release will be sometime in April. After this update releases to the public, iOS 8.4 will be coming out. This is rumored to bring a new music streaming service that is similar to Spotify. The next major release for iPhone, called iOS 9, will be announced at Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference in June. It will include numerous bug fixes and enhancements.