This may be a few days late and not applicable if you’re a developer, but based on the interest we are seeing from regular users and ways to install it even without being developer, we thought we should highlight some of the reasons why you should avoid installing iOS 7 beta.
1. Compatibility issues with apps
We’re hearing a number of issues with third-party apps on iOS 7. This is not the developers fault so please don’t post a bad review for it in the App Store. They still have to update their apps for iOS 7. They will only be able to fix the issues and push the updates to the App Store when Apple releases iOS 7 Golden Master, which will be sometime in September.
2. It’s buggy
In addition to compatibility issues with third-party apps, there are number of bugs even in the stock apps, which can cause the Springboard to crash or the device to reboot. It can be quite annoying if it happens while you’re writing an important email, in the middle of a call or about to hit your highest score while playing your favorite game.
There is a reason why Apple is calling it a beta and not a public release and is limiting access to developers of iOS Developer program. Apple will use the beta phase, which usually lasts for three months to fix the crashing issues and bugs. Developers will also use this phase to update their apps to the new iOS 7 UI and fix the compatibility issues.
If you really want to help then please feel free to report bugs to Apple here.
3. Downgrading to iOS 6
While there is an easy way to downgrade to iOS 6 from iOS 7 beta, you can run into some serious issues. You won’t be able to restore your device from an iOS 7 backup after downgrading to iOS 6.x.x. You will be able to restore your device only to an iOS 6.x.x compatible backup. This means that the data between the time you upgraded to iOS 7 to the time you downgraded will be lost.
In fact, Apple warns users that they won’t be able to downgrade back to the previous version.
4. No Jailbreak
If you’ve a jailbroken device, then please note that you will lose the jailbreak if you upgrade to iOS 7 beta. Hackers won’t release tools for beta versions of iOS software updates as Apple could fix the vulnerabilities used by the jailbreak tools in the final version. So you will only be able to jailbreak your device when hackers release a jailbreak for the public version of iOS 7.
5. No help
You also won’t get help or support from either the developer or Apple for the problems you hit with iOS 7 beta. Developers will tell you to wait for the final version of iOS 7 and Apple may tell you to wait for the next beta version for the fix. Even developers don’t install beta versions on their primary devices. They usually have devices specially for testing their apps on beta versions of iOS.
6. Not fully optimized
iOS 7 beta is also not yet fully optimized. Apple is most likely collecting debug information to help them track and fix bugs, which could have an impact on performance. We also expect Apple to continue to improve the performance during the beta phase.
We’re seeing a lot of negative comments about iOS 7. People are upset that iOS 7 beta is buggy and laggy. If you’re a developer then we’re sure you have experienced this, but if you’ve been a user who has downloaded the final releases, then iOS 7 beta can come as a rude shock as you’re probably used to the rock solid performance of iOS. The beta version is not meant for end users, so don’t install it. Developers trying to compare iOS 7 beta with iOS 6 beta is pointless. Apple has made significant changes in iOS 7, so expect a lot more bugs in iOS 7 beta compared to previous beta versions.
As well-connected blogger, Jim Dalrymple mentioned, iOS 7 is still work in progress. iOS 7 is nowhere near finished in terms of design or functionality. We understand the curiosity, but wait for iOS 7 to be released so you don’t have to deal with the issues we’ve mentioned here.
But don’t worry, things will improve as Apple releases new beta versions over the next few weeks, but if you’re looking for the rock solid performance then you should wait for the final version. Please don’t set the wrong expectations and then complain if Apple doesn’t meet them.
So there you have it. We hope that this gives you a better perspective on why you should not install iOS 7 beta.