According to sources of 9to5Mac, Apple will be launching the first-ever public beta program for iOS in March this year with the release of iOS 8.3 to a limited number of users.
It was only last year that Apple had launched a public beta program for OS X with Yosemite. Since then, Apple has continuously provided these users with early access to upcoming versions of OS X 10.10 to test out new features and to report any bugs they come across.
The Cupertino company will be releasing iOS 8.3 beta through its AppleSeed program in mid-March to the public. It will also be releasing the third beta of iOS 8.3 to developers around the same time.
The source claims that Apple will be limiting the number of iOS public beta testers to 100,000 people. For the OS X Yosemite beta program, Apple had provided access to the first one million people who had registered for the program.
Apple also plans to release a public beta of iOS 9, which it will be unveiling at WWDC in June this year, sometime during summer before its public launch with the new iPhones in fall.
Apple has been criticized a lot lately because of the deteriorating stability of iOS. Reports have indicated that the company will be focusing on stability and optimizations with its upcoming iOS 9 release at WWDC this year. Previous reports claim that Apple has already began seeding iOS betas to its retail employees for a wider testing base.
A public beta program will help Apple in finding and squashing more bugs before the public release of iOS 8.3 and iOS 9, which will ultimately help the company is delivering a better experience to consumers.