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Apple Store employees will be the first to test new versions of iOS

Apple Store employees will be the first to test new versions of iOS

Apple plans to extend its beta-testing program of new versions of iOS to also include employees of its stores

Some changes are coming to Apple in relation to the beta program that most new versions of iOS go through. So far, the different betas that Apple has been launching were exclusively intended for developers, however, soon Apple Store employees could also start participating in beta-testing programs to help the company troubleshoot possible bugs before releasing the final version.

This new program would begin in the near future, perhaps in future betas of the iOS 8.2 version, which is rumored that it could appear next to the Apple Watch. Undoubtedly, this change in company policy is relevant, since it involves the first time the iOS beta program opens beyond developers and the employees themselves who work in the Cupertino offices.

However, although this is the first time that we have seen something like this in iOS, it is not the same with OS X. Apple’s desktop operating system has already provided copies of a new version of the OS to its employees in the past before to be launched definitively, a good way to increase the chances of finding a fault and fixing it in time.

It is very likely that Apple wants to expand the horizons of its iOS beta program to improve the feedback it receives from beta-testers and thus be able to avoid situations such as that experienced with iOS 8.0.1. In addition, with the current model, there is a high percentage of developers, or people registered as such without actually being one, who they just use the betas to test the new features, but they do not provide any type of solution or fault finding.

With the current system, there is a high percentage of developers who only use the beta to test new features

In addition, as you well remember in 9to5Mac, Apple has recently been highly criticized by some of its users because both iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite have a number of bugs and glitches to those who we were not used to in previous years. It seems that those of Cupertino want to regain that reliability that they had deserved based on operating systems as brilliant as OS X Snow Leopard.

What do you think of this new initiative?