Almost instantly, after the end of the Worldwide Developer's Conference, Apple released the developer betas for all the operating systems it announced.
This year, every software update looks incredible, and most of us can't wait to try it out for ourselves. Unfortunately, the developer beta isn't available for everyone. With that said, it doesn't mean you couldn't download it right away if you wanted to.
Regular folks like you or me can still find ways to access the developer beta and install it on our Apple devices. But that raises the question, should you do it? Spoiler alert: it would be best if you waited a little longer. However, if you decide to do it, you should always back up all your data before you even consider it.
Read on for the three reasons why you should consider installing the developer betas on your devices (and five reasons why you shouldn't).
✅ You Have a Device to Spare
This should be the first thing you consider. If you have an extra iPhone or iPad that supports iOS 16 or iPadOS 16, you can definitely give the developer betas a go.
That way, even if the beta doesn't work as planned—which is highly likely to happen—your main device will be safe. Not only that but that way, you can try every new feature out without many risks.
Keep in mind that even Appl suggests that you don't install beta updates on your main device, so take this into consideration before even trying it.
✅ You'll Get to Try All the New Features First
One of the biggest reasons people install iOS 16, or other developer beta updates is because of every awesome new feature that's coming.
Some of us just can't wait to try out the new Lock screen on iPhone or put Stage Manager on Mac to the test, and you could be one of the first people to try it out and even share it with the world. How cool would that be?
✅ You Can Get Ahead of the Competition
If you're a beginner software developer, you need all the help you can get, and installing the developer beta early can get you ahead of the pack in no time.
Whether it's to build your own apps or offer your clients the options to build their apps for iOS 16, getting to know the ins and outs of the developer betas might be a game-changer for you.
The same goes for aspiring content creators. If you want to make a video or write an article about what's great (or not so great) about the developer betas, this would be the perfect chance to do so. Granted, a lot of YouTube channels and websites already have access to the developer betas, but you can still create a lot of content around it.
🚫 You'll Probably Encounter a Lot of Issues
Betas exist for a reason. They let companies share their new software update so they can detect any possible bugs and issues.
Think of the developer beta as the really early stages of Apple's software updates. It's the first time the public can play around with them, so they're bound to be some problems.
You might face annoying bugs or even suffer from performance issues. So it's best to stay away until the public beta—which can also have issues—is available for all of us.
🚫 Your Device Might Face Performance Problems
The biggest issue with developer betas, and betas in general, is that your device might get hit pretty hard in a bad way.
Your device might experience performance issues for no apparent reason. Granted, this might be more likely in older devices, but since the beta isn't perfect yet, new devices might suffer from it too.
A lot of people who have installed the iOS 16 developer beta haven't experienced any issues with performance, but some of them have reported that their iPhones have overheated these last few days. That's not something you want for your iPhone, especially if it's fairly new.
🚫 The Betas Might Come With Battery Life Problems Too
It's also possible that you face issues with battery life. Remember that Apple has had to fix iOS 15 because of battery problems on the iPhone, and that happened when the full version of iOS 15 was released. Image what could happen with a beta.
Granted, Apple would probably fix that issue as soon as possible, but that doesn't mean that you'll need to stick with a device with a low battery.
🚫 Some Apps Might Become Useless
Developer betas are meant to give developers enough time to prepare their apps for what's to come. Granted, just because a developer doesn't update their app right away doesn't mean it won't work on a future software update.
Still, you might lose access to some apps you use daily on your current operating system. Depending on the developer behind the app, you might have to wait months before you can use it again. Some users have reported that their banking apps stopped working and couldn't use them anymore.
🚫 This Isn't a Free Software Update
One thing a lot of us might forget is that the developer betas aren't free. In order to download the developer beta from Apple's own website, you'll need to be part of the Apple Developer Program.
For starters, the program might not be available in your country, so you won't have access. Secondly, you'll need to pay around $99 per year if you want to be part of the program, which isn't that affordable, especially for indie developers or regular people.
Paying $99 for a software update isn't worth it at all, especially if you just want to use it to play around with it.
Granted, there are some workarounds to get the software update for free, but you'd need to get it from unofficial sources, which is pretty dangerous.
Not only would you be open to possible cyber attacks, but you'd the beta would be even less safe that way. Not to mention that it might even be illegal, and neither Apple nor us can recommend you do that.