Apple has just announced its third beta of iOS 13.3.1, and a new beta of its desktop OS, macOS Catalina 10.15.3 beta 3. It is not clear at the moment what the new updates entail. However, one can safely assume that both the beta versions will include important bug fixes and performance improvements. The final version of these operating systems will be launched in February, probably at the same time.
Installing beta versions can cause many issues
Apple users shouldn’t install beta versions of operating systems because they are specifically meant for developers. Developers usually test and launch applications once all performance issues are sorted. Apple advises regular users to wait until download notifications appear on their computers. Installing beta versions may cause instability and some users have reported data loss as well. Even testers should install these on secondary devices instead of on their primary devices.
Apple’s regularity in releasing new OS might be a marketing strategy
Apple has consistently been releasing newer versions of its operating system. But the reason why it has taken so much interest is its competitors do not release updates so frequently. This gives Apple a competitive edge. When rivals are also catching up with features and performance, ensuring that regular software updates are released is a smart marketing strategy. It is a tried and tested scheme that has always worked in Apple’s favor.
Before installing beta versions here is what you need to keep in mind
- If you are as a regular user, do not install any beta versions of the OS. Wait for the public version in February
- If you are a tester, do not install the beta on your primary device. Install it one a secondary testing device
- Beta versions of OS can result in data loss. Make sure to backup everything even on your testing device
- Certain enhancements can cause issues in older versions of applications. Developers need to be cautious while testing.
Final updates are coming next month
Apple plans to release the final versions of these applications next month. That release will likely include improvements from the beta versions, with a few additional features. One needs to wait and watch in order to find out what the new updates will feature.