Apple launches iOS public beta testing program; releases iOS 8.3 beta 3 to testers [Updatex2]

iOS public beta

As rumored, Apple has launched the iOS public beta program, which gives users early access to the upcoming version of iOS for the first time ever without needing a developer account.

Apple has released the first iOS 8.3 public beta to testers. The build number of iOS 8.3 public beta (12F5047f) is the same as iOS 8.3 beta 3 that was released earlier.

iOS 8.3 includes improved performance, increased stability, bug fixes, a redesigned Emoji keyboard, Google two-factor authentication support, Wireless CarPlay and more. iOS 8.3 also supports additional language and country support for Siri: English (India, New Zealand), Danish (Denmark), Dutch (Netherlands), Portuguese (Brazil), Russian (Russia), Swedish (Sweden), Thai (Thailand) and Turkish (Turkey).

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.

You can sign up for Apple’s Beta Software program by visiting Appleseed Beta testing site. Please take a backup of your device before installing iOS 8.3 beta.

Apple is also expected to release public beta of iOS 9, which is expected to be unveiled at Apple’s WorldWide Developer Conference in June.

Are you planning to install iOS 8.3 beta? Let us know how it goes in the comments.

Update 1:

It looks like some users are not seeing the new iOS Beta link in blue at the top on Apple’s Beta Software Program page (as seen in the image above). It is possible that Apple is sending out invites to select users who had joined the beta program for OS X Yosemite. You can try if this link works. Let me know how it goes.

Update 2:

It does look like the iOS Beta program is only available to users who have got an invite from Apple. It isn’t available to everyone who signs up for the Apple beta program as we reported initially. Apple has started sending out emails to select members of its OS X beta program.

Thank you for participating in the OS X Beta Program. For the first time ever, we are broadening the program to include the all-new iOS Beta. The feedback you have provided on the OS X Yosemite Beta continues to help us shape OS X, and we would like to offer you an invitation to the iOS 8.3 Beta.

The iOS 8.3 Beta is available for download from the new Apple Beta Software Program website. Try it out and submit your feedback. You can use the iOS 8.3 Beta while continuing to use the OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 Beta. And with the all-new Photos app for Mac and iCloud Photo Library, you can now access your entire library on all your devices.